As with all cell phone photos, there’s a “you get what you get” attitude with them. Thankfully, I have Adobe Photoshop to make what we get better. I have gone through the pictures and removed a lot of unnecessary background to improve on the subject, the people that showed and the bikes.
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This one is a bit far afield, so I’ve included a map.
I don’t know what my attraction is with abandoned properties, but these hunts seem to have quite a few of them. The Vista Mini Mart is exactly that, Mini!
The gas station is a remote business and they have a interesting selection of Route 66 items for sale. Tiny is an understatement here, but they have a nice selection of drinks and snacks. I stop there whenever I pass by.
If you’ve come this far and haven’t been to Conchas Lake, make the turn off of NM 104 & explore this lake and surrounding area. Make the turn even if you’ve been there, the temperature drops as you get closer to the lake.
There are several pullouts, so you can pick and choose, but this one pictured here is the largest and safest one for bikers. Great scenery on this section of 104!
No one will get dinged for missing this shot, but it’s a cool conglomeration of parts and worth a look. If you park on the other side of the road, it’s safe. Just send me a picture of the car if you’d like. Submit your pictures to: firstname.lastname@example.org@gmail.com
This hunt takes you to the La Cueva Mill just off of NM 518 on Route 442. The old adobe mill compex, built in the 1850’s of adobe brick on a rock foundation, was part of a large shipping center for livestock and agricultural products. The mill ground flour for many families in the Mora Valley and the La Cueva area. The mill itself generated electricity through 1949 and today is in good condition and has extensive storage buildings.
The currently surviving buildings of the now William Salman Ranch at the Nation Historic Site, are the Big House, the Merchantile Building (Salman Ranch Store), and the La Cueva Mill. The San Rafael Mission Church, some other out building, an old home on a hilltop, and many stone walls also remain.
After the mill, your next stop is just a very short distance away. Less than a city block. OH WAIT, this isn’t the city, Just a stone’s throw away on your left.
At this point, you can either head back down 518 and explore on your own or continue up 442 to Ocate. The following picture will not count for or against you, but it’s a cool old building. If you choose to follow 442, you’ll enjoy a great ride to Ocate and get to enjoy the high plains area of Mora County. You’ll see more antelope on this route than you could ever hope to see elsewhere. Submit pictures to: email@example.com.
This hunt brings us south of I-40 into ghost towns or scarcely populated villages. We start the hunt in an old Post Office located in the ghost town of Negra. Settled by a family named Williams, the town was placed along the AT&SF Railroad in 1905 or 1906.
Did the year’s first pickup ride today. Sparse attendance, three riders and myself, but we had a great time. Nice thing about this group, all experienced riders and we kicked ass on the twisties. Right to left: Marvin, Silviano, Tom, and me. The Highroad to Taos is always a fun ride with the Chapter, but in a small group of riders, it was great! Thanks for keeping me company guys, I had a blast!
I’ve been riding with Dizzy and Rob whenever I can this month and I have to tell you, my new heated gear makes it almost pleasant. I can’t say it’s like a nice spring or fall day’s ride, but I’m enjoying the miles.