Riding with Tom to Ruidoso and Inn of the Mtn Gods
Trip Start Oct 15, 2007
1Trip End Oct 15, 2007
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This morning we got going a bit slowly. We watched the stock market activity for a bit, visited about various things and drank some coffee. We went for lunch at Cattle Baron's (a local steak house) at noon and had a great big chicken fried steak for each of us. They were great and we waddled out very satisfied and well on our way to a few more pounds.
We fueled up on the West side of town and departed for Arabella at 1:39 pm. Temperatures were a bit cooler than it has been (67 degrees) and just outside of town on US70/380 we stopped to put on our leather jackets. As we rode west we witnessed the incredible transformation of the landscape from high desert to desert mountains
As we departed Ruidoso I told Tom we would take a different route home. We would ride North on NM 48 up to the turnoff for the Seirra Blanca Regional Airport on NM 220 http://fortstanton.com/histfull.htm and http://www.fortstanton.com/
We rode through Lincoln quickly wishing we had more time, but stopped on the eastside of town at the historic marker and then at the old cemetery. The day was getting old and we needed to make some headway so we rode into the Hondo Valley and only stopped a few times to observe the almost countless deer feeding in this lush valley.
We rode into Roswell about 30 minutes after dark having broken my second cardinal rule of motorcycling...not to ride on the open road at dark or a dusk. In spite of breaking my rule, we made it home safely and logged another great day.
Where I stayed
Mescalero Apache's Resort and Casino