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Long Sunday?  We’re planning to ride the first 45 miles of the Monumental Loop this weekend. A quick stop at Radium Springs for white fudge ding-dongs and cruise the ditches home. Call it 65 miles.  Start on Geothermal at 6:30a.m. DangerBird training starts now! 
#monumentalloop #dangerbird300 #singletrack #longsunday #upearly #crushit #donaanatrails #tortugasmountain #whitefudgedingdongs #radiumsprings #nmtrue #unlessitswindy
Ripping this rocky descent is awesome, but rain for two days in a row is sublime.  Unless of course you happen to be riding the Monumental Loop right now.  If that’s the case, you’re doing it wrong. Smells dang good though! 
#rainydays #withrain #desertlife #wildflowers #bikepacking #beprepared #desertsmells #juniperbreaks #brakepads #singletrack #monumentalloop
Riding into the sunset once again in search of camp along the shores of the Rio Grande with the Sand Pipers, cranes and raccoons. #nmoffroadrunner #monumentalloop
Riding into the sunset once again in search of camp along the shores of the Rio Grande with the Sand Pipers, cranes and raccoons. #nmoffroadrunner  #monumentalloop 
Siphoning water from a forgotten windmill deep in the dry lands. #nmoffroadrunner #monumentalloop
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Mid-winter escapes to warmer places and mimicking saguaros has become a yearly practice.
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Two weeks until we practice again and hopefully, I'm still number one to these characters!
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Throw back to last year on the BCT with @bacon_sarah / @robballou / @krissym5 / and Jim.
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#jpaks #bikepacking #blackcanyontrail #bct #arizona #seguaros #adventureisoutthere #adventurebeginshere #adventurebybike #tbt #monumentalloop
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! 
#monumentalloop #dangerbird300 #bikepacking #allday
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ DangerBird rolls on October 27th!
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! #monumentalloop  #dangerbird300  #bikepacking  #allday  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ DangerBird rolls on October 27th!
Bonnie, shown here next to a triple crankset for scale, is a beginning bikepacker. Four inches is the hot new wheel size, so nimble. 
#bonnieandclyde #bikepacking #traildog #campout #beginnerfriendly #singletrack #monumentalloop #leavenotrace #happybirthdayrickybobby
Yep, you can do it.  Bikepacking overnight campout this Saturday.  Meet at Sunset parking area on A Mountain at 2:30.  Bring your camping gear, food, beverages, and your mountain bike.  We’ll ride 9 miles to a camp spot near Sierra Vista Trail.  There will be no services there. We will leave no trace, no toilet paper left behind! It will be fun! It will be free!  Details can be found on @southernnewmexicotrailalliance FB page or at Outdoor Adventures. We’ll be there early(2:00) with some extra straps should you need last minute assistance. 
#bikepacking #organmountainsdesertpeaks #leavenotrace #groupride #beginnerfriendly #justplainfriendly 
#doñaanashewolves #monumentalloop #underthestars #coolair #refresh
Yep, you can do it. Bikepacking overnight campout this Saturday. Meet at Sunset parking area on A Mountain at 2:30. Bring your camping gear, food, beverages, and your mountain bike. We’ll ride 9 miles to a camp spot near Sierra Vista Trail. There will be no services there. We will leave no trace, no toilet paper left behind! It will be fun! It will be free! Details can be found on @southernnewmexicotrailalliance FB page or at Outdoor Adventures. We’ll be there early(2:00) with some extra straps should you need last minute assistance. #bikepacking  #organmountainsdesertpeaks  #leavenotrace  #groupride  #beginnerfriendly  #justplainfriendly  #doñaanashewolves  #monumentalloop  #underthestars  #coolair  #refresh 
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.

#monumentalloop #nationalrecreationtrail #trails50 #wayfinding
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. #monumentalloop  #nationalrecreationtrail  #trails50  #wayfinding 
When I was driving along I-10 looking west out into the Chihuahuan Desert everything sort of looked the same but once I started pedaling I realized there are so many different landscapes and trail/road conditions. Like @the.matterhorn said, “if you don’t like the current trail condition, just keep riding (or pushing) for a few more minutes and it will change.” The same could be said for the scenery although it never gets bad! #monumentalloop #newmexico #purelascruces #desert #bikepacking #bikesbikesbikes #adventurebybike #surlybikes #plusbikes #organmountains #organmountainsdesertpeaks #nationalmonuments #protectpubliclands #protectnationalmonuments
When I was driving along I-10 looking west out into the Chihuahuan Desert everything sort of looked the same but once I started pedaling I realized there are so many different landscapes and trail/road conditions. Like @the.matterhorn said, “if you don’t like the current trail condition, just keep riding (or pushing) for a few more minutes and it will change.” The same could be said for the scenery although it never gets bad! #monumentalloop  #newmexico  #purelascruces  #desert  #bikepacking  #bikesbikesbikes  #adventurebybike  #surlybikes  #plusbikes  #organmountains  #organmountainsdesertpeaks  #nationalmonuments  #protectpubliclands  #protectnationalmonuments 
Probably not the last we’ll share from Ryan.  Great work on the bike and camera! 
#Repost @ryansigsbeyphoto with @get_repost
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More from the #monumentalloop #newmexico #bikepacking #sandbox #desert
Great camp spot in the Franklin Mountains State Park with a short cruise into Vinton for breakfast and resupply. #monumentalloop #franklinmountainsstatepark #backintexas #sunset #bikepacking #desert #adventurebybike
Wow, that was amazing! 160 miles of rugged single track, rocky, loose and sometimes sandy roads and epic wide open space. The Chihuahuan Desert truly provided a deep sense of solitude and a much needed time for some inner soul searching. Thanks to @monumental_loop aka @the.matterhorn for putting the route together and for sharing  his local knowledge. #monumentalloop #bikepacking #adventurebybike newmexico #lascruces #desertsolitude #organmountainsdesertpeaks #organmountains #protectpubliclands #getoutside
Wow, that was amazing! 160 miles of rugged single track, rocky, loose and sometimes sandy roads and epic wide open space. The Chihuahuan Desert truly provided a deep sense of solitude and a much needed time for some inner soul searching. Thanks to @monumental_loop aka @the.matterhorn for putting the route together and for sharing his local knowledge. #monumentalloop  #bikepacking  #adventurebybike  newmexico #lascruces  #desertsolitude  #organmountainsdesertpeaks  #organmountains  #protectpubliclands  #getoutside 
Congratulations to the sixth finisher of the Monumental Loop!  We were pleased to celebrate his accomplishment @habanerosfreshmex with him tonight. Thanks Ryan! 
#Repost @ryansigsbeyphoto with @get_repost
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Kilbourne Hole. It’s really big! #monumentalloop #newmexico #bikepacking #organmountainsdesertpeaks #protectpubliclands
Hard to argue with that!  Ryan is somewhere on the southern, Red Chile, loop finishing what he started last year.  We’re excited to see his photos. A link to his pics from last year is temporarily in our profile, check em’ out and get stoked! 
#Repost @ryansigsbeyphoto with @get_repost
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Cruising along, powered by gummi-bears. #monumentalsnacks #monumentalloop #bikepacking #surly #organmountains #organmountainsdesertpeaks #protectpubliclands #protectourmonuments #getoutside #redchile
Hard to argue with that! Ryan is somewhere on the southern, Red Chile, loop finishing what he started last year. We’re excited to see his photos. A link to his pics from last year is temporarily in our profile, check em’ out and get stoked! #Repost  @ryansigsbeyphoto with @get_repost ・・・ Cruising along, powered by gummi-bears. #monumentalsnacks  #monumentalloop  #bikepacking  #surly  #organmountains  #organmountainsdesertpeaks  #protectpubliclands  #protectourmonuments  #getoutside  #redchile 
Found a sweet spot to call it a night! That was a tough day physically and mentally. Ups and downs all around. Glad to be here in this big wide open place! #monumentalloop #monumentalday #desertsolitude #bikepacking #backintexas
Couldn’t have said it better! 
#Repost @hangreennah with @get_repost
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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.
Couldn’t have said it better! #Repost  @hangreennah with @get_repost ・・・ 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
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 
It’s a wrap for the fantastic & challenging Monumental Loop. We are headed north to Utah today, and then to Idaho for the Fat Pursuit. Thanks to @the.matterhorn and the Las Cruces mountain biking community for creating & sharing their backyard route. And, we came full circle with our travel south to train for riding on snow when we realized this terrain is where the legendary Ray Molina invented 82 mm fat rims riding through the sandy Chihuahuan desert. Those Remolino Rims were a breakthrough for the Iditasport Extreme in 2000, the first year the human powered race included the full 1000 miles to Nome. Mike Curiak set a record on the northern route that year riding Ray’s chevron pattern tires & wide rims. Mike’s record was not broken until 2014 by Mr. Oatley. #organmountainsdesertpeaksnationalmonument #fatbikehistory #ridelikeagirl #roadtrip #monumentalloop #celebratorymargaritas #remolinorims #justalittlepushabike #nakedladyphotobomb #landofenchantment #attitudeofgratitude #seethegood #notknikriverriding #missingmyalaskafamily
It’s a wrap for the fantastic & challenging Monumental Loop. We are headed north to Utah today, and then to Idaho for the Fat Pursuit. Thanks to @the.matterhorn and the Las Cruces mountain biking community for creating & sharing their backyard route. And, we came full circle with our travel south to train for riding on snow when we realized this terrain is where the legendary Ray Molina invented 82 mm fat rims riding through the sandy Chihuahuan desert. Those Remolino Rims were a breakthrough for the Iditasport Extreme in 2000, the first year the human powered race included the full 1000 miles to Nome. Mike Curiak set a record on the northern route that year riding Ray’s chevron pattern tires & wide rims. Mike’s record was not broken until 2014 by Mr. Oatley. #organmountainsdesertpeaksnationalmonument  #fatbikehistory  #ridelikeagirl  #roadtrip  #monumentalloop  #celebratorymargaritas  #remolinorims  #justalittlepushabike  #nakedladyphotobomb  #landofenchantment  #attitudeofgratitude  #seethegood  #notknikriverriding  #missingmyalaskafamily 
Nice set of photos from the Green Chile (north) Loop, check em’ out! Repost @erindvorak (@get_repost)
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http://www.erindvorak.com/bike-travel/
Nice set of photos from the Green Chile (north) Loop, check em’ out! Repost @erindvorak (@get_repost) ・・・ http://www.erindvorak.com/bike-travel/
2018 is off to a great start on the Monumental Loop. 🤠😎
#Repost @amy.akillik (@get_repost)
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Happy new year from the Chihuahuan desert! We’ve met so many kind & generous folks along the beautiful Monumental Loop. We met these two gentleman, Jim Bean & Johnny Billingslea, and Jim’s dog Espinosa, yesterday. They thought we were a mirage when @iditarod_trail_invitational & I biked up to them a stone’s throw from the Mexican border and asked if we were still in Texas or had crossed back into New Mexico. They shared their cheap whiskey & a few burritos. And bonus, we finished our Festive 500K in the nick of time on 31 December. 🌵☀️⛺️#nocountryforoldmen #nocutoffforyoungwomen #funhavers #monumentalloop #bikepacking #elpasourgentcare #wholeenchilada #drinkingfromcattletanks #cactibirdnest #seethegood #alaskachicks #attitudeofgratitude #wanderthefranklins #festive500 #fivemilesfrom🇭🇺
2018 is off to a great start on the Monumental Loop. 🤠😎 #Repost  @amy.akillik (@get_repost) ・・・ Happy new year from the Chihuahuan desert! We’ve met so many kind & generous folks along the beautiful Monumental Loop. We met these two gentleman, Jim Bean & Johnny Billingslea, and Jim’s dog Espinosa, yesterday. They thought we were a mirage when @iditarod_trail_invitational & I biked up to them a stone’s throw from the Mexican border and asked if we were still in Texas or had crossed back into New Mexico. They shared their cheap whiskey & a few burritos. And bonus, we finished our Festive 500K in the nick of time on 31 December. 🌵☀️⛺️#nocountryforoldmen  #nocutoffforyoungwomen  #funhavers  #monumentalloop  #bikepacking  #elpasourgentcare  #wholeenchilada  #drinkingfromcattletanks  #cactibirdnest  #seethegood  #alaskachicks  #attitudeofgratitude  #wanderthefranklins  #festive500  #fivemilesfrom 🇭🇺
Happy new year from the Chihuahuan desert! We’ve met so many kind & generous folks along the beautiful Monumental Loop. We met these two gentleman, Jim Bean & Johnny Billingslea, and Jim’s dog Espinosa, yesterday. They thought we were a mirage when @iditarod_trail_invitational & I biked up to them a stone’s throw from the Mexican border and asked if we were still in Texas or had crossed back into New Mexico. They shared their cheap whiskey & a few burritos. And bonus, we finished our Festive 500K in the nick of time on 31 December. 🌵☀️⛺️#nocountryforoldmen #nocutoffforyoungwomen #funhavers #monumentalloop #bikepacking #elpasourgentcare #wholeenchilada #drinkingfromcattletanks #cactibirdnest #seethegood #alaskachicks #attitudeofgratitude #wanderthefranklins #festive500 #fivemilesfrom🇭🇺
Happy new year from the Chihuahuan desert! We’ve met so many kind & generous folks along the beautiful Monumental Loop. We met these two gentleman, Jim Bean & Johnny Billingslea, and Jim’s dog Espinosa, yesterday. They thought we were a mirage when @iditarod_trail_invitational & I biked up to them a stone’s throw from the Mexican border and asked if we were still in Texas or had crossed back into New Mexico. They shared their cheap whiskey & a few burritos. And bonus, we finished our Festive 500K in the nick of time on 31 December. 🌵☀️⛺️#nocountryforoldmen  #nocutoffforyoungwomen  #funhavers  #monumentalloop  #bikepacking  #elpasourgentcare  #wholeenchilada  #drinkingfromcattletanks  #cactibirdnest  #seethegood  #alaskachicks  #attitudeofgratitude  #wanderthefranklins  #festive500  #fivemilesfrom 🇭🇺
Reroute complete!  The obvious choice was to use Baylor Canyon Road but the lure of these Soapberry trees and singletrack was irresistible. We support leaving this area undeveloped and open to public use but subdivisions are encroaching from all directions. Still a dream with lots of work ahead but we’re hoping the Monumental Loop helps protect the open space west of the Organ Mountains. 
#bikepacking #cattleranch #openspaces #wildlandurbaninterface #singletrack #desertpark #learnfromothersmistakes #stopthesprawl #roguepandaonrampage #monumentalloop #justanidea #changeiscoming
Reroute complete! The obvious choice was to use Baylor Canyon Road but the lure of these Soapberry trees and singletrack was irresistible. We support leaving this area undeveloped and open to public use but subdivisions are encroaching from all directions. Still a dream with lots of work ahead but we’re hoping the Monumental Loop helps protect the open space west of the Organ Mountains. #bikepacking  #cattleranch  #openspaces  #wildlandurbaninterface  #singletrack  #desertpark  #learnfromothersmistakes  #stopthesprawl  #roguepandaonrampage  #monumentalloop  #justanidea  #changeiscoming 
These characters like the Monumental Loop so much they are building a house on it.  The neighbor is not a fan of bikes but enjoys waving a shovel around angrily. Reroute should be finished by tomorrow. ⚠️The route is currently blocked at mile 7.  Do not confront the owner or attempt to ride through. ⚠️ #monumentalloop #reroute #bepolite #calmerthanyouaredude #bikes #leavenotrace #justpassingthru #ifyoulikeitthenyoushouldaputahouseonit #bikepacking #breakingnews
Happy Gnar Years Eve! 
#shredded #gotapermit #monumentalloop
Everyone kept telling us about the soul sucking sandy hike-a-bike on the southwest section of the Monumental Loop. BUT, no one told us we’d ride some of the most amazing desert single track of our lives on the southeast side of the loop first. <Thanks for keeping the home fires burning in AK @codybodene while we goof off on our bikes.> #landofenchantment #ridelikeagirl #chasingkathi #monumentalloop #borderland #almostbetterthansex #bikepacking #nocountryforoldwomen #bikeeatsleeprepeat #festive500 #coyotescalling #shredly #nothingtoseehereryanzinke #nodesertwasteland #letitshineletitshine☀️🦂🌵🌵🦂☀️
Everyone kept telling us about the soul sucking sandy hike-a-bike on the southwest section of the Monumental Loop. BUT, no one told us we’d ride some of the most amazing desert single track of our lives on the southeast side of the loop first. #landofenchantment  #ridelikeagirl  #chasingkathi  #monumentalloop  #borderland  #almostbetterthansex  #bikepacking  #nocountryforoldwomen  #bikeeatsleeprepeat  #festive500  #coyotescalling  #shredly  #nothingtoseehereryanzinke  #nodesertwasteland  #letitshineletitshine ☀️🦂🌵🌵🦂☀️
@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
@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 
We are happily cruising along on the #monumentalloop thus far. We finished the northern loop yesterday & push ahead this morning to start the more remote southern loop. As @monumental_loop wrote, “you just float over the rocks” says Kathi. Be like @iditarod_trail_invitational and surf over the chunky trails. No excuses. So grateful to follow Kathi’s line & learn how to ride technical trail. My legs are way more scratched up from the thorny desert plants than hers. 😆 Muchas gracias to Matt, Pablo & Magic Tool Jack for the awesome hospitality & beta. Such a great mountain biking community. 🌵☀️💜☀️🌵#organmountainsdesertpeaksnationalmonument #ridelikeagirl #lasbanditas #BarYak #yuccaelata #ocotillo #beckergear #lascrucesrocks #bikepacking #alaskachickskickass #trainingforsnow #forecastformorepushing
We are happily cruising along on the #monumentalloop  thus far. We finished the northern loop yesterday & push ahead this morning to start the more remote southern loop. As @monumental_loop wrote, “you just float over the rocks” says Kathi. Be like @iditarod_trail_invitational and surf over the chunky trails. No excuses. So grateful to follow Kathi’s line & learn how to ride technical trail. My legs are way more scratched up from the thorny desert plants than hers. 😆 Muchas gracias to Matt, Pablo & Magic Tool Jack for the awesome hospitality & beta. Such a great mountain biking community. 🌵☀️💜☀️🌵#organmountainsdesertpeaksnationalmonument  #ridelikeagirl  #lasbanditas  #BarYak  #yuccaelata  #ocotillo  #beckergear  #lascrucesrocks  #bikepacking  #alaskachickskickass  #trainingforsnow  #forecastformorepushing 
“You just float over the rocks.” Solid advice from Kathi.  We don’t want to hear about how you can’t float.  Make it happen! 
#bikepacking #allsmiles #archerstreet #broadcanyon #training #theresnotortillas #warmandsunny #localgang #dogbone #alaska #wildwest #nationalmonument #organmountainsdesertpeaks #monumentalloop
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. 
#bikepacking #theresnotortillas #winterride
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. #bikepacking  #theresnotortillas  #winterride 
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
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 
Based on the fit I would not acquit but the last minute addition of tarp pole straps under the top tube and killer vinyl work has me feeling lenient. 🐼 💛
#roguepandaonrampage #bikepacking #customfit #likeaglove
Route development is hard and we’ve made our share of mistakes in the process of putting together the Monumental Loop.  Thankfully even those that felt sandbagged were gracious enough to provide much needed feedback. We’ve altered the route and have a new rating, 9/10.  Plus tires or fatter are highly recommended but two of the three finishers used 29x2.4.  As always we’re here to help you find the experience you desire so if pushing through deep isn’t your thing we can get you on solid ground. 
#bikepacking #monumentalloop #organmountainsdesertpeaks #winterriding #nmtrue #nationalmonument #sorry #pioneersareawesome #feedback #hikeabike #plusbike #fatbike #surlybikes
Route development is hard and we’ve made our share of mistakes in the process of putting together the Monumental Loop. Thankfully even those that felt sandbagged were gracious enough to provide much needed feedback. We’ve altered the route and have a new rating, 9/10. Plus tires or fatter are highly recommended but two of the three finishers used 29x2.4. As always we’re here to help you find the experience you desire so if pushing through deep isn’t your thing we can get you on solid ground. #bikepacking  #monumentalloop  #organmountainsdesertpeaks  #winterriding  #nmtrue  #nationalmonument  #sorry  #pioneersareawesome  #feedback  #hikeabike  #plusbike  #fatbike  #surlybikes 
Legendary lawman Pat Garrett was murdered on this spot in 1908. Pablo, currently unmurdered but equally legendary, is doing his best to keep the west wild! 
#SNMTA #trails #wildwest #patgarrett #bikepacking #history #outdooradventures #fatbike #plusbike #deepsand #spinittowinit #frontdangle
The multitude of irrigation canals that feed water from the Rio Grande to the surrounding fields make for some fine riding.  Nearly all of our routes use these dirt paths to access the Monument.  While you won’t see many cars, loose dogs and skunks are common. 
#bikepacking #ditchbanks #notraffic #ridefromtown #riograndetrail #mesillavalley #pecans #chiles #onions #gravelbike #theresnotortillas #nmtrue #monumentalloop
“Is this a...what day is this?” El Duderino 
#bikepacking #chillin #singletrack #monday #foryoumaybe #surlyecr #monumentalloop #brevity 📷: @whileoutriding
@tenbrocki still plans to crush the Southern, Red Chile Loop, but while enjoying a rest night in Cruces, he said, “If you want to come have a good time with your buddies, don’t do this route.” Seems to be a trend.  Don’t worry though, we’ve got routes for all skill levels and plenty of warm winter sun. 
#bikepacking #typetwofun #monumentalloop #sand #rocks #noeasymile #publicland #nationalmonument #surlybikes 
#surlywednesday
Lots of gates on the Monumental Loop.  Please leave them as you find them, someone’s livelihood may depend on it. 
#ranchcountry #ettiquette #bikepacking #goodneighbors #cattle #fences #surlyecr #bigguns #singletrack #monumentalloop
Dialed and smiling.  @tenbrocki has a standard issue setup but his cageless Nalgene mounting system is ingenious. Two strips of shoe goo (on the bottle) and some @voilestraps, done. 
#bikepacking #monumentalloop #surlykaratemonkey #oldschool #handpicked #perfectweather #singletrack @revelatedesigns @intergalacticsurlybikes @whiteind
@tenbrocki is heading out to ride the Monumental Loop. Maybe you’ll see him in Hatch eating dinner tomorrow, or more likely, cussing my name as he pushes up and down Tonuco in the dark. Buena suerte! 
#monumentalloop #bikepacking #lubeitorloseit #karatemonkey #surlybikes #tonucomountain #hatchnm #nmtrue #nationalmonument
The DangerBird is over but riding season in the Monument is here!  Aside from the Monumental Loop there are a series of shorter routes being developed that range from long day rides to several days.  Info, questions, complaints, and trip reports can all be shared here. 
Today was mid 70s and sunny! 
#bikepacking #nationalmonuments #monumentalloop #mountainbike #desert #organmountainsdesertpeaks #nmtrue #outdoors
📷@joshuagoran on the disposable camera around Las Cruces earlier this spring. Bikecamping styles by @mattumental, who will show you a good time, if you're into that.
#monumentalloop #ninetyeightpercentrideable
📷@joshuagoran on the disposable camera around Las Cruces earlier this spring. Bikecamping styles by @mattumental, who will show you a good time, if you're into that. #monumentalloop  #ninetyeightpercentrideable 
Tonuco Mtn aka San Diego Mtn., Southern NM.  Look for the fluorine fluorite mine shafts on the sketchy descent down the north face “trail”. No dabs, you’re a legend
Tonuco Mtn aka San Diego Mtn., Southern NM. Look for the fluorine fluorite mine shafts on the sketchy descent down the north face “trail”. No dabs, you’re a legend
@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. 
#monumentalloop #bikepacking #surlybikes
@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. #monumentalloop  #bikepacking  #surlybikes 
Uvas sunrise. 5 star cowboy camp under a windswept juniper. Self powered, no vehicle necessary to get here if you want.
Uvas sunrise. 5 star cowboy camp under a windswept juniper. Self powered, no vehicle necessary to get here if you want.
🎶And the beer Choases away the blues 🎶. Paved alternate to the Monumental Loop is fine. Take it if you want. 
#singlespeed #surlybikes #lasuvas
🎶And the beer Choases away the blues 🎶. Paved alternate to the Monumental Loop is fine. Take it if you want. #singlespeed  #surlybikes  #lasuvas 
the long way to Tonuco. north Dona Ana Mtns. In close proximity to Lucero Wash.
the long way to Tonuco. north Dona Ana Mtns. In close proximity to Lucero Wash.
turquoise tubs stand the test of time.
turquoise tubs stand the test of time.
Horse Canyon. Sierra De Las Uvas. NM
Horse Canyon. Sierra De Las Uvas. NM
riverside apiary.
riverside apiary.
@imeugenius peeking into the past and indulging his hidden love of lath. 
#monumentalloop #bikepacking #nmtrue
Lucero Wash at sunset. 
#monumentalloop #bikepacking #petroglyphs
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
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
Hatch. equine observations along the #monumentalloop
I haven’t tasted these fruits. 
#longsunday #monumentalloop #fatbikes
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. 
#rescue #conecountry #fumattmason
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. #rescue  #conecountry  #fumattmason 
Local bikepackers are hitting the Monumental Loop.  This fella is headed out on to Cone Country tomorrow for a full weekend of riding.  Sounds great to us! 
#monumentalloop #bikepacking #leavenotrace #conecountry #organmountainsdesertpeaks #nationalmonument #humanpower
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! 
#bikepacking #monumentalloop #nmtrue
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! #bikepacking  #monumentalloop  #nmtrue 
Options for the upcoming @dangerbird350 Feel free to express your opinion(s) but this isn't a poll.

#singlespeed #geared #jonesbikes #bikepacking @intergalacticsurlybikes
The Monumental Loop needs a logo.  The obvious choice is to feature the photogenic and striking Organs but keeping with the spirit of the Loop I'd like too see the Desert Peaks represented as well.  I'm hoping to print some bandannas for supporters and finishers of the route. Clearly I'm not the person for the job. Are you? 
#monumentalloop #ridingseason #bikepacking #localartist #organmountainsdesertpeaks #nmtrue #vision #volunteer #mynameissimon
These trails, these folks 🙌🏾 🌅 ☀️ @haylady #doñaanashewolves #donaanatrails #monumentalloop #bikepacking  #lightleapyears #brazilianwaxingmoon  @southernnewmexicotrailalliance
Tonuco Mountain was no joke on the #monumentalloop in #newmexico  If I had any idea what I was getting into I probably would have stopped earlier to camp down out of the wind. After some knarly hike-a-bike I found this flat spot. Although the view was beautiful looking back across the desert towards #lascruces, the 20 degree temps and endless wind made for a rough night out. Still though, I'm getting antsy for another #adventure! #bikepacking #handheldlongexposure #sky #camping #tonucomountain
Tonuco Mountain was no joke on the #monumentalloop  in #newmexico  If I had any idea what I was getting into I probably would have stopped earlier to camp down out of the wind. After some knarly hike-a-bike I found this flat spot. Although the view was beautiful looking back across the desert towards #lascruces , the 20 degree temps and endless wind made for a rough night out. Still though, I'm getting antsy for another #adventure ! #bikepacking  #handheldlongexposure  #sky  #camping  #tonucomountain 
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! 
#bikepacking #monumentalloop #nogarmin #carsonite #coloradotrail #thruhike #inspiration #volunteer #thrubike #nophonezone
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! #bikepacking  #monumentalloop  #nogarmin  #carsonite  #coloradotrail  #thruhike  #inspiration  #volunteer  #thrubike  #nophonezone 
Time to grow up young DangerBirds! 
Training for the GDR, CT, or AZT?  Looking to ride big miles but hate the trainer? Ride outdoors with us this October, think warm and sunny, on a diverse and challenging course. Big climbs, loose rocks, deep sand, solitude, gnarly trails, and tire slicing volcanoes all set in the remote OM-DP National Monument, what else do you need. 
#bikepacking #newroute #monumentalloop #franklinmountains #singletrack #bigride #greenchile #warmandsunny #burrito #fun 📷: @tooter_mcnary
Time to grow up young DangerBirds! Training for the GDR, CT, or AZT? Looking to ride big miles but hate the trainer? Ride outdoors with us this October, think warm and sunny, on a diverse and challenging course. Big climbs, loose rocks, deep sand, solitude, gnarly trails, and tire slicing volcanoes all set in the remote OM-DP National Monument, what else do you need. #bikepacking  #newroute  #monumentalloop  #franklinmountains  #singletrack  #bigride  #greenchile  #warmandsunny  #burrito  #fun  📷: @tooter_mcnary
Pony discovered the best view of #omdp4nm and thankfully, I survived the climb to see it too. I have a  swellbow to prove it. #daypacking #monumentalloop #basketballsizedbabyheads
@susiealetta climbing up White Gap Pass, scouting the #monumentalloop. The Sierra de Las Uvas are looking lush from the monsoon rains. #organmountainsdesertpeaksnationalmonument #bikepackingnewmexico #bikepacking
Course recon has begun. Heavy summer rains have left behind loose rocks and washed out trails.  Cairns may be used to aid navigation at key junctions, or not. 
#bikepacking #mountainbike #endurance #organmountainsdesertpeaks #monumentsforall #publicland
Tested out a new pitching option for my bug bivy last night. Steady rain and the absence of my tarp led me to use the bivy mesh side down which provided me with small rectangle of nylon to curl up under. My quilt stayed dry but only because I left that at home too. Good morning! 
#bikepacking #surlyecr #canyonwren #organmountainsdesertpeaks #wearwool #monuments4all #monumentalloop @mountainlaureldesigns
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 😍
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 😍