Day 7 – riding out of Kansas into Oklahoma and New Mexico

Start of Day 7 – Liberal, Kansas

GoPro camera mounted and ready

GoPro camera mounted and ready

Gregg mounted the GoPro camera on his helmet having downloaded the app to allow his camera to serve as a monitor and we got ready to play with it for the first time.

I have to take a minute here to talk about gadgets.  This is a VERY high tech ride.  Margarita is now wired with a SAE-to-cigarette lighter cable from the batter tender.  In which is inserted a USB plug.  From there the Garmin GPS is connected.  And from the auxiliary mini-cigarette (European) port on the bike I have another cigarette lighter adapter and I have my regular car charger for my cell phones charging either my personal BlackBerry or my work Samsung Galaxy III phone.  The phones are in dry bags, in my tank bag under the MotoCentric rain cover (thank you to CycleCase Richard for that).  And it’s a bit of a mess of wires.  But it sure is nice to be powering up the Garmin and at least one phone.  I still feel like an analog girl living in a digital world.

cables everywhere!

cables everywhere!

Unpacking at night entails a whole lot more cables and charging – GoPro, Scala headsets, computer, uploads to ADVRider to stay connected to “the boys back home” – who this weekend are at Recompense.  Hope Kaw4Life is having fun.  It is a rather an impressive routine of cables and cords for a motorcycle trip.

For $99/night Gregg decided to get his money's worth at breakfast

For $99/night Gregg decided to get his money’s worth at breakfast

I think it’s fair to speak for both of us to say we were ready to get out of Kansas.  It is SO flat and windy out here.  Take note:  in the picture below the horizon is flat, but see the angle on the windscreen of Gregg’s bike?  Even HE is getting pushed over.  The forecast was for 20-30 mph winds and I think they were right.

for those who haven't been - this is pretty much what Kansas looks like

For those who haven’t been – this is pretty much what Kansas looks like – flat and windy as all get-out (as in, “Let’s get the heck out of Kansas!”)

In sailing it’s called being heeled over.  In flying it’s called crabbing.  On a motorcycle it’s just downright scary.  Turns out Tigger’s don’t like heavy winds – be they gusty or steady.  Riding in a straight line when your bike is leaning over at 15+ degree angle takes a little getting used to.

Regardless I was ready to leave Kansas in our rear view mirrors.  Hello Oklahoma and the National Grasslands.

finally out of Kansas

finally out of Kansas

Even more welcoming was knowing we were about to enter one of my favorite states:  New Mexico.  Their state tag line is “Land of Enchantment” and I couldn’t agree more.  Three times in the past 21 years I have seriously considered relocating out here.  I was just here in May of 2012 and thought about it then.  I love the history, culture, cuisine, people, colors, quietness, topology – there is just something about it that speaks to me.  Soothes my soul.  And heaven knows I’m in some serious need of that these days.

I love New Mexico - happy to be back again

I love New Mexico – happy to be back again

not much traffic out here

not much traffic out here

look - I got the road to myself

look – I got the road to myself

apsens still in full color

apsens still in full color

another amazing day of fabulous weather

another amazing day of fabulous weather

...as opposed to north east NM where there is some change in topology

…as opposed to north east NM where there is some change in topology

We stopped for lunch in Des Moines, NM at Sierra Grande Restaurant.

aint' that the truth!

aint’ that the truth!

stopping for lunch

stopping for lunch

gentleman at the counter eating lunch - Sierra Grande, Des Moines, NM

gentleman at the counter eating lunch – Sierra Grande, Des Moines, NM

Stuffed sopapilla with red and green New Mexico chili.  YUM.  A real local joint (the only one for miles) filled with men who were bent and broken from years of hard work and ranching.

stuffed sopapillas smothered with both red and green NM chili

stuffed sopapillas smothered with both red and green NM chili

Onward – didn’t quite make Taos but had a heck of a lot of fun on Hwy 64 from Cimarron into Eagle Nest.  Gregg was giddy with delight at finally being able to lean into something other than the wind.

finally .... curves in the road

finally …. curves in the road

Hwy64 heading west from Cimarron into Eagle Nest and toward Taos

Hwy 64 heading west from Cimarron into Eagle Nest and toward Taos

Thought about camping and pulled over on 64, but there was someone in there running a generator and I didn’t want to listen to that all night.  Gregg walked up and found a site by the babbling brook.  But they wanted $10/vehicle.  So we continued on and decided that it might be less expensive to get a place in Eagle Nest rather than Taos.  Probably not the case but I was tired and better safe than sorry.  Yes – that’s snow!

Yup! That's snow - Eagle Nest, NM

Yup! That’s snow – Eagle Nest, NM

24,560 ending odometer and one tired Tigger.

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