The Southeast Hunt

This one is a bit far afield, so I’ve included a map.

This hunt starts at I-40 and 129. Newkirk has the first 2 pictures.
Say hi to Dizzy. He came with me on this hunt. At this location, I need the 3 tanks and your bike, if you please.

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!

Just across I-40 is this still living gas station. Stop in and get a water, stay hydrated while doing this. Don’t forget a picture of the station and your bike.

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.

Conchas Lake sign. Any sign with your bike in it will do.

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.

If you’re heading north, it’s the last pullout on the left, near the top. If you’re doing this going south, it’s the first pullout on the right. That triangular spot in the middle is a cave or mine, but I’m not sure which.

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!

Oh boy! DON’T DO WHAT I DID! Do not park where I did. Park on the other shoulder if you’re going to do this one. It took 2 of us for me to get the bike of the side stand.

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:

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The La Cueva Hunt

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 mill building and sign explaining the mill’s history, along with the 510 sign all show where to park.

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.

The mill wheel, Jake and our bikes in the background.

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.

Wander into the La Cueva Store after you take your picture. Your spouse or partner will love the goodies you find in there. No spouse or partner, spoil yourself then, some delicious items there!

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:

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The Haunted Hunt

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.

The building pictured here is visible off of Route 60 and has a very short gravel road to travel to get here. 60 feet or so and hard packed. Just west of Encino on Rte. 60, look for the sign, and stop at the pictured Post Office to get a picture. For some reason, there are church pews inside.
Heading east on 60, you arrive in Encino and on the left side you’ll see the Encino Motel. No exploring here, it’s been fenced off from the scourge of abandoned properties, vandal. Grab your cell phone and take your picture. Keep heading east for the next shooting spot.
On the let side of the road in Vaughn, you’ll see this old service garage. You can enter, but be careful inside. I flipped a u-turn to get this shot.  Hey, you can see my new selfie stick in this pic!
Stop at the bar down the street, but you can’t go in, it’s been closed for years! It’s the Silver Spur and I’m sure Vaughn residents are sorry it’s closed. Another u-turn will bring you back into the hunt! While in Vaughn, I like to stop for lunch at Penny’s Diner! You’ll be headed to Yeso after lunch.
Park anywhere you want in front of this shuttered museum, there’s so little traffic on 60 at this point. There is a shoulder there, but it has a surprise drop off, so be careful. Nina looks good standing there. Explore Yeso, it’s a true ghost town with only 3 residents. Yes, that few residents does give it ghost status.

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A Saturday Ride in the Country and Desert and Forest and Highway

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!

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Cold Weather Riding? I do it, do you?

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.

I know, I should have smiled, but I was trying out my selfie stick for the first time and concentrating on it.
Dizzy, counting his mufflers.
Dems sum ged lookin Harleys!
Cold! Windy! Really freaking windy! Time to head our separate ways! Once again with the selfie stick!
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OK, this is freaking cool.

I like the idea of keeping the motorcycle feel while having 3 wheels as it’s needed by some.
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Sangre de Cristo HOG Christmas Party Pictures

Names will read right to left.

Good group of 38 people. Three either changed their mind about showing or forgot. We all had a great time and we got a bit loud.

Just a forgotten mention here. All photos in this gallery were taken by Fritz Besch. Great Job Fritz!

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Women on motorcycles through the years

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Doug & John’s Big Adventure

Stateline Bar & Grill Premium Seating

John the First Night at Moab Brewery – Sinking Fast

Stateline Bar & Grill at Utah Border

John & Doug the Second Night at Moab Brewery – Still Standing

Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park

Finger Canyons at the Park

Lunch with Iron Horse at Canyonlands

Doug on the Precipice

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09/30/18 Fam Ride to the Quarai Ruins

The Sunday Fam Ride to the Quarai Ruins was very well attended. Since this was the first one, we were unsure about how many would be interested, but we had about 35 bikes and 55 people in attendance. The ride was good and pretty large for one group, but DAMN, it looked good seeing all those headlights following me. The pics, in no particular order were taken by Rob Lunn. I stole them off his FB profile. Thanks Rob?

Gathering the masses!

What a long line of bikes!

At the gas/potty stop. Better safe than sorry.

Skip checking his phone to see if it was time to go potty.

Nuttman among others!

The picnic area at Quarai.

The church we all were at Sunday.

Another shot of the picnic area.

Misc. store employees. Can’t remember the 2 guys names, but Jacqui is easy to remember.

People eating before we went to church.


HOG members and someone else with a headband.

Debby accusing Glen of cheating while drawing names for the gift cards. I hate getting caught!

All of us marching into church.

In church. No pews? PEWS, hey there’s no roof either!

Listening to me spread the word.

Debby telling us a story.


Can you which one is me?

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Rob Lunn posted on FB

Rob wrote:

Out with some of the SDC HOG’s (also including Nina Post, Dizzy Jake, Doug Fairfield and Caroline Kline) for our 1st Mystery Ride. Glen B. Post took us up the Taos High Road for a desert “lunch” at the Sugar Nymph Bistro. Afterwards we headed down 518 to Las Vegas which was supposed to be the real lunch stop, but folks were too full of Chocolate or Carrot or German Chocolate or Pecan pie to find room for lunch. Just a few blocks rain drops but otherwise a nice weather ride. ( I was in my cage so I was cool and dry… Lol).
Thanks Glen!

He took pictures too!

Thanks Rob!

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The All NM HOG Picnic.

Saturday, the 15th, a group of Sangre de Cristo HOGs headed south to Ruidoso, or Reodosi as Rob likes to call it, for the All NM Hog picnic. It was well set up and Southern NM HOG chapter did an amazing job. As usual, I remembered none of the names of people I met, so misc. HOG people and mystery guy was used in place of their names. (Sorry) Food was simple but good and plentiful. Attending from SdC was Doug & Marcella, Peter, Dizzy, Rob & Christina in a cage (Christina was stopped by the cops, BTW 😂), and me. The ride down was uneventful, the picnic was fun, The ride home saw us splitting up and Peter, Dizzy and myself ran the ride home as usual, just a mile or two over the speed limit. One of Dizzy’s slip-ons required a bit of wrenching, which caused us to stop for about 5 minutes and we were racing the rain again. As far as I know, no one got wet yesterday. Enjoy the pics!

Thanks and kudos to the Southern NM HOG Chapter for putting this together!

Misc. HOG peoples!

Misc. HOG peoples!

Misc. HOG peoples!

Misc. HOG peoples!

Peter & Friend

Marcella & Dizzy

Turquoise Trail director, Southern NM asst. director, and me. We were plotting and scheming about which chapter was going to do the 2019 event. Next year, Turquoise Trail and Sangre de Cristo will host the event somewhere south of I-40, but close enough to both of us to make it easy to set up on the day. More details next year.

Misc. HOG peoples!

Doug, mystery guy, & Pete.

Misc. HOG peoples!

Misc. HOG peoples!

Me watching Doug & Marcella, Rob, Dizzy and mystery guy.

Christina and Rob.

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The Ride to Taos w/David & Debby Leading the Pack

Good group of riders for this ride. 11 bikes and 1 “Harley Slingshot”. Hey, Tom put a Harley sticker on it! Dizzy, Pete, Eric, Rick, Carl, Tom, Doug, myself, Mojo, and Steve all followed Debby & David to Taos. David kept a brisk 5 mph over speed 🤣 all the way there. Once in Taos, the group split and did their own thing. It was great seeing Grandpa Tom Johnson on his first ride away from his 4 week old grandson!

David in his Sunday go to church shirt, and Debby watching him like a hawk!

That is NOT a Harley David is riding.

Thanks to Peter H. for the two pictures.

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The Ride to Taos

The ride to Taos. Pics by Dan Bandel. 10 people on 8 bikes. Lunch was @ Ranchos Plaza Grill and we ate outside. My first time there. Thanks Caroline for making the arrangements with the restaurant and kudos to John & Becky for handling the rest of the details.

Upon arrival.

1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8? Yep, 8 bikes!

Dan Bandel

Someone’s vest.

Becky and John! Isn’t she stunning?

Damn I’m cute!

Why don’t I have a hat like that one?

Sweet Caroline! Nothing else says it all like that!

Looks like Fred Armijo has a secret!

Dizzy! Smile dammit!

Nice vest. Wonder whose it is?

Carl Siel. Hi Carl!

Mojo’s smiling! Watch out everyone!

Hi Becky!

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The Mid-Week Ride to Tucumcari!

Very low turnout for this ride. After deciding that the ride was probably going to be too hot, too long, and too unimpressive with only 3 bikes and 4 people,

We may try to head to Tucumcari again at a cooler date, but not as cold as we tried last spring.

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