Riding with Tom to Ruidoso and Inn of the Mtn Gods

Trip Start Oct 15, 2007
Trip End Oct 15, 2007

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

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  to the alpine slopes ahead of us. We stopped numerous times to snap pictures  and to visit about the beauty of this area.  Our goal was to ride the 45miles west of Roswell to Tinnie and to take the Arabella turn-off, NM 368, where we would ride the 17 or so miles up to the end of the pavement.  I figured we would take a look at Rancho Arabella a development of my buddy Dave's and visit Lavender Springs ranch for a glass of Lavender lemonade.  As we neared the turnoff Tom indicated he wanted to continue on West.  When we got to the "Y" where US 70 and US 380 split company we took the left on US 70 towards Ruidoso and the Inn of the Mountain Gods (the Mescalero Apache's Resort and Casino).  We arrived at the Inn    at 3:40 pm and were more than $100 lighter by 4:20.    We saddled up, rode down to the convenience store and casino operated by the tribe on the highway and fueled our bikes for our return to Roswell. 
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   then over to Fort Stanton and onto US 380 through Lincoln and back into the Hondo Valley towards home.  As we rode North out of Ruidoso I observed that our shadows were getting longer and the temperatures were dropping quickly.  Again we stopped along the way for numerous pictures including a stop at the Merchant Marine cemetery at Fort Stanton, where a TB sanatorium was operated for many years.  This fort has been many things over the years, a buffalo soldier outpost in the late1800's when it was used to control the Mescalero Apache tribe and now part of the NM corrections department.  For more information on Fort Stanton go to these links 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.
Slideshow Report as Spam
Where I stayed
Mescalero Apache's Resort and Casino
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dcvinman on

Woody and Tom, Again I have fallen to the curse of the e-mail message. Had the three of us been standing in the same room I'm sure you would have taken no offense to my comments as posted. That is the curse of e-mails. You are not standing there looking the person in the eye and they have no idea the spirit in which the comments were made. To those of you not familiar with me, Woody is one of my most favorite cousins who I would never insult or make fun of, in spite of our very different lifestyles. Tom is an old friend who used to be quite the partyer and also sold me one of my first panheads. So to all who read this I offer my appologies to Woody and Tom for any misunderstandings or hurt feelings that may have been created by my firstpost. Ken Henderson

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