Last year the DangerBird350 preyed on nearly everyone in the first 30 miles. To avoid that, this year the event will likely use the official Monumental Loop route. 315 miles of desert riding is plenty. I’ll be the first, I’m in, and I’m finishing in 96 hours or less!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ DangerBird rolls on October 27th!
Out putting in signs on the southern #sierravistatrail today. It's a maze of trail, 2 track, gravel road and off roading down there. The section just south of the Vado trailhead to just north of Webb gap is still confusing (we didn't) get that far. Using a gps with a track is advisable in this stretch. Or as an alternate, take the gasline road from the trailhead south. We'll plan another trail out there soon to finish up.
Join us next Saturday on the SST trail for.our monthly #monumentaltrails day.
Couldn’t have said it better!
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Under highways, flowing wiggly single track through the creosote and pokey mesquite, some barely-there trails, pushing up steep climbs, navigating rocky jeep roads, and cruising through canyons and valleys you really appreciate the vast expanse of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. Formally designated in 2014 under Obama, this land, like so many of our public lands, has been recently threatened by the current administration. But luckily the community of Las Cruces and it’s surrounding neighbors have rallied in support of keeping the Monument as it is and for good reason. It’s filled with ancient ancestral artifacts, jackrabbits, hawks, and other animals. Out here in the northern Chihuahuan desert you truly see that water is a commodity not to be taken for granted, as you filter from cattle tanks and stock ponds and eventually roll along the trickle that is the Rio Grande. You marvel at the symmetry of the pecan orchards on the outskirts of town—looking at man’s ability to use the land, for better or worse. You realize just how strong the animals and plants are who withstand the sun and the winds that steer you straight into the thorns. You become very aware, watching the Big Dipper rotate across the inky sky, that we are small and our lives our short. There is no time to waste in visiting these places we and others have called home for thousands of years. Get out there whenever you have the chance.
Even for experienced packers, overnight trips close to home are opportunities to refine gear selection and push the boundaries. I’ve occasionally pushed too far and been cold and wet all night but on those nights I learned the most. #bikepacking#packyourfears#IFearOverpacking
@erindvorak and I skipped out on the snow in CO for a desert adventure bikepacking the northern loop of the Monumental Loop in Las Cruces New Mexico! We feasted on green chiles until our lips cried, rock crawled over the most rugged terrain, shared some amazing views of the desert and camped right under the night sky! #surlybikes#bikepacking#monumentalloop#newmexico#greenchile#desertsky#xmas
One flat, quickly plugged, but otherwise we had a perfect trip. The newest version of ‘There’s No Tortillas’ is a lovely ride, especially when it’s seventy degrees in December.
Decided to have a mild out the door epic yesterday, following this crew on their #overnighter into the Robledos and back home. Didn’t have much of a plan when we left the house, resulting in a long, full day out riding. My favorite kind of day. Discovered beautiful Foster Canyon and reignited my distaste for Faulkner (Canyon). I still like the Sound and the Fury though. Fun 54 mi day on dirt and a sufficient amount of sand. #daypacking#tourderobledos#monumentalloop
@imeugenius rated this a five star camp. Couple steel bikes, plenty of snacks, countless shooting stars, and a breeze filtering through the juniper made for a quality night. Personally I’d drop it to four stars though due to the cow pies, but I’d stay here again.
Someone suggested I provide a gear list for the DangerBird350. Aside from these items I’m bringing tire repair stuff, food, and water. I expect a few moments of discomfort but won’t suffer. All my items are luxury items! (Disclaimer: this list is not complete. Pedants please look elsewhere to ensure total satisfaction.) #simple#nature#shoepillow @dangerbird350 @enlightenedequipment
Well...apparently even Cone Country can take riders down. Tales of endless mud, goatheads, inoperable water tanks, deep sand, and washed out roads were shared on the car ride home.
Now that the @dangerbird350 is on the scene the Monumental Loop has softened a bit. The latest change cuts the nearly unrideable SST, instead the route now flows through the colorful geology of Apache and Spring Canyons near Picacho Peak. Thanks to the local fat tire crew for the inspiration and to @bikepackingcom and @logans.ride for supporting the route. Riding season is here, come on down!
There are lots of great things about thru-hiking and biking the Colorado Trail. One of my favorites was the ability to rely on paper maps and the Data Book. No delicate phones, dynamo hubs, batteries, or the latest apps were needed. Ideally, and I recognize huge effort the @thecoloradotrail put in, I'd love to be able to offer the same service on the Monumental Loop. Until then just remember to turn at the third cattle gaurd, if you see the cactus that looks like Mickey Mouse you've gone too far. Riding season is here!
Artifact from one of the earliest known #monumentalloop attempts recently discovered and excavated just off-route in #westway . Drooling over the water carrying capacity on that seat /top tube and fork. Plus, a nice front rack 😍