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Greetings,

Earlier I posted my experiences in completing a SaddleSore 100 but you now get the rest of the story.

After getting witnessed in Pecos, we found a local Motel 6 to bed down for the evening. Pecos isn't a very large place and the clerk at the motel related that all eating establishments closed at 9:00 PM with the exception of the Sonic. While having a burger at the Sonic, I was the dessert course for the largest swarm of mosquitoes I've ever encountered. This is in the middle of the West Texas desert! The next morning a gent at the motel told us "them was radioactive mosquitoes". What a comforting thought! Local folklore has it they hatch in some soil/water in the area with residual radioactivity resulting in their large size and aggressive eating tendencies.

Carlsbad Caverns was the next stop on our adventure to the Golden Aspen Rally in Ruidoso. Enroute on one of those long straight stretches that disappear into the horizon, we decided to see just how fast a Goldwing would run. What we didn't notice was a small rise in the road that obscured oncoming traffic. Now we haven't seen another vehicle in 10 minutes or so......ha! I crested that small rise in the road at a good solid 120 and climbing only to see one of those infamous black and white Camaro's that the Texas DPS runs in out there in the hinterland. Realizing I was had, I saw the blue lights come on as I was slowing. Frantically watching our mirrors, we saw the lights go off as he proceeded on down the road. Just a little friendly warning from a very nice DPS officer! Thank you! I will comment that the Wing was rock solid and climbing with the ultimate top end still unknown.

After doing the tourist thing at Carlsbad, we headed into Ruidoso through some magnificent mountain roads. As we pulled into the rally site it started to rain and continued to do so the rest of the day. Yep, those Frog Toggs will keep you dry. We ventured out in the rain to "The Inn of the Mountain Gods" for a scrumptious buffet and of course a donation in the casino to the Mescalero Apache!

The next two days were spent exploring the area including White Sands, Alamagordo, Cloudcroft, Ski Apache, Sunspot, Lincoln, etc, etc, etc. Great roads, cool temperatures, magnificent scenery, interesting stops, and a neat Chuckwagon BBQ and show on Friday night. The Golden Aspen Rally is a neat and well organized gathering worthy of a trip.

Thursday afternoon brought a surprise visit from White Gold (Ty). We had corresponded earlier about the Iron Butt and he somehow found us and we had a nice visit kicking tires and talking motorcycles. Two red Wings with Alabama plates must have stood out!

Home is 1360 miles away with a detour to Huntsville, TX to visit old friends. Saturday was crosswind day in West Texas as we battled both constant strong crosswinds, a couple of encounters with blowing sand that virtually stopped us in our tracks, and temperatures that hit 98 around Dallas/Fort Worth! 700 or so miles from Ruidoso to Huntsville with a cold adult beverage and big piece of beef to end the day.

Sunday's trip home was chase the rain bands across Louisiana and Mississippi. It was warm so we just rode through, got wet, dryed out and cooled off.....repeated multiple times throughout the 600+ mile day. If I could ever figure out how to keep that rain from dripping down the inside of that Tulsa - what a happy camper I would be.

6 days - 3000+ miles - flawless operation of the best touring motorcycle to be had - good company - great scenery. Does it get any better?


Rick Bailey
Duncanville, AL
04 CBC
GWRRA, HRCA, AMA, and soon to add IBA!
 

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Nice Report! Thanks for posting. I can't wait to get a wing and a couple weeks off! 8)
 

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Sounds like a great trip. I hope to make a westward run one of these days.
 
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