We had a neat ride this weekend setting up the Geocaches for the June 3rd event. For those of you interested in bringing a horse, the trail will be around 10 miles (depending on how you go) and will have at least 4 caches. Rumor has it that the event host wants to add two more in the area, so it could have 6 total. We have two photo cache points and two (or maybe 4) physical caches that will probably have some room for small trade items.
We will have safety riders out the day of the event to help people orient themselves to the trail. Come ride with us.
We will continue our beautification project on Thursday May 25th at 8:30 AM at the new county building at 700 Roosevelt Ave. (Next to Smiths). When we complete our 22.5 hours, the group will receive a $500 check for the contract work. Good job guys! and Thanks for all the volunteers.
Also this weekend on Saturday (WOW what a busy weekend) we will also be “movie stars”. Sort of. Adventure Gallup is creating new promotional videos for the area and asked us to show up and be included in their new videos. We will be out getting filmed riding the trails around Gallup. We hope to have a great turnout as at least 12 riders have committed to being there so far. Lets go show the mountain bike crowd how it’s done.
Happy Memorial Day weekend!
April 23, 2017
Anna Larson, Debra Bodley, Carolyn Esquivel, Tia Polk, Aaron Hammond, Helen Hammond, Greg Hammond, Amanda Hammond, Bryn Hammond, James Hammond, and Taylor Hammond
We started at the Junction of USFS 180 and 178 as shown on attached map. We’ve already ridden the eastern trail paralleling USFS 178 and have reported on it before. Issues here are the same as last reported. Large amounts of downed trees in certain areas. Also water was high and there were more creek crossings and marshy spots on this ride.
The western section is the newly explored section. Mainly following a two track road. We only had an issue in one area where there were downed trees in the ravine that prevented us from continuing along the trail. We made a short cut around to the nearest junction on the trail. (as shown by the larger circled area on the map). Over all except for that short portion we were unable to evaluate, this trail is a moderate trail. Some hill climbs for both horses and bikers that would make it a bit strenuous. The one cattle guard along the road has a gate next to it for access. Other than the downed trees and some creek crossings, there were no other major blockages along the trails. Overall moderate to easy access and well suited for most riders.
Terrain was beautiful and the creek was running enough for a pretty waterfall to be formed along the way. Very nice spot.
Here is the map of the ride I hope we are able to complete for this ride. The distance is around 7 miles. I’d also like to evaluate this additional loop as an alternate for the fundraiser ride in September.
Looks like the weather will be decent and in the mid-70’s. Don’t forget your lunch for the meeting after the ride.
Date: Saturday May 6th
Time: 9:00 for Ride with Lunch meeting to follow about noonish.
Location: Continental Divide Radar Site.
Project: To prepare for September fundraiser ride.
Bring lunch fixings as we will have the monthly meeting during the lunch after the ride.
Directions to the trail head are as follows:
Follow I-40 to exit 47 at Continental Divide. Turn south from the exit and then turn right. You will pass a building with a blue roof (used to be a Stuckey’s) on the left. Go 0.2 miles and turn left onto FR 464. You will go over a cattle guard and onto a one lane paved road. Follow this road for 3.8 miles. At 3.3 miles you will go through a gate into USFS land. There are flat areas on the right that are good for camping.
There is a gas station and a shop at Continental Divide where you turn off I-40.
You’re welcome to stay and camp overnight and ride again on Sunday if you want.
The Chapter will host a booth at the Equine Health fair at the Grants Rodeo Grounds on April 8, 2017, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Our monthly meeting will be right after the event ends approximately 3:30 p.m. at member Debbie Bodley’s house right around the corner from the rodeo grounds. Stop by the booth for more information. We will have fliers and information as well as fundraiser items for sale.
Come join us.