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texas to new mexico in august

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  1. leecofarm814
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    i want to take a ride from austin to maybe lubbock then to the mountains around raton in northern new mexico. my longest trip to date is maybe 200 miles.
    the ride sounds fine for early spring but im concerned about the heat since in texas its the hottest month.
    any suggestions, hints.

  2. chilibebber
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    Ride in a long sleeve shirt, it will be cooler, take a lot of fluids like gator aid and drink drink drink. Sun block would be advised as well. When you are in Lubbock, eat the big one. When you go by Capulan, go out to the valcano, it is pretty intersting and you can cool off while watching the video of how it formed. There arent many signs directing you there but it is worth the stop in and see. Its about 2 miles off the main road in the middle of nowhere. Good road up to it though.
    Before you leave Austin, swing by Sandies and grab a burger or Thredgills for a meal. Dang I miss that place. Your trip will take you by a whole lot of nothing ya know. Should be fun.

  3. Jonezpoj
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    If it would be great in early spring, why not wait till late fall??? Riding in the heat sucks........JMHO

  4. Kos
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    You are insane, (it takes one to know one) with all the other advice, protect your nose and if you don't ride with gloves and a long sleeve shirt I would HIGHLY recommend it. Rescreen at every stop. You will dehydrate at twice the rate you would if standing still (evaporation). Might even think about a camel back. (p.s. they suck but better than nothing). Be Safe brother, good luck, wish I was going with you.

  5. TrojRaiter
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    If you go through Stevenville, stop by the Hard Eights. Great Bar-B-Q.
    I want to go to Big Bend, but I am waiting until the fall. On the way I want to ride through the Lost Maples National Park in Kerrville.

    I am from Temple. There sure are so great roads to ride in the Hill Country. I would like to ride out to New Mexico sometime also. Let me know how it went and which way you went. Good luck and have fun.

  6. eponjzdar
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    550 out of Albuquerque and then up to Chama from Cuba. Nice open roads and beautiful scenery. Watch for deer and elk. Gas up when the op presents itself. ALWAYS CARRY WATER! I ride here in New Mexico all the time in the summer and winter. One way to cope with the heat is to keep an extra bottle of water with a easy open spout handy and wet your shirt down as you ride. You will shiver from the cold as the water evaporates. I have done it for years and it works in the hottest weather! It will last about 30 minutes at a time with a couple good squirts and low humidity. A wet bandana will cool your neck very nicely and keep it from getting fried by the sun.. Yes wear long sleaves. New Mexico is high altitude and will badly fry your arms and the back of your neck in no time - I'm talkin 45 minutes or less ..... A helmet with a tinted visor is a good idea. I keep a strip of electrical tape to put on my visor to keep the sun out of my eyes if I have to ride into the sun since it's usually sunny and clear here. August is a pretty hot time here as well.

  7. DrK
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    Hi All, first post here

    I plan on heading from shreveport to to west texas, ride the mountains around fort davis, tx. Check out a star party at the McDonald Observatory (Darkest skys in the country) during the new moon. Then off to the cattleman's steak house near El Paso (rated in the top 10 steakhouses in US). Then off to Carlsbad caverns to check out the caves and watch the bat show. And maybe some other stuff in between.

    All gonna do in the last week of Aug, before the holiday crowds.

    Maybe we'll cross paths.

  8. JRA741
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    I live up here in northern NM and the weather now is warm but the summer monsoon rains are beginning. Once you get north of Santa Fe, the temperatures are not bad and the roads/rides are beautiful up into the mountains. You can either head north to Chama and then to Pagosa 'Springs, CO or you can head to Taos from Santa Fe and then to Raton. Either one will be fine riding.
    JRA741

  9. fage
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    You could always ride to Ruidoso or Cloudcroft here in southern NM. I live in Roswell, and the temps have hit 112 degrees here already.

  10. leecofarm814
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    someone managed to convince my riding partner that august is not the best time to go because of the heat. that and we don't have any touring experience behind us.

    i thank all of yall for yalls comments.

    Hi All, first post hereI plan on heading from shreveport to to west texas, ride the mountains around fort davis, tx. Check out a star party at the McDonald Observatory (Darkest skys in the country) during the new moon. Then off to the cattleman's steak house near El Paso (rated in the top 10 steakhouses in US). Then off to Carlsbad caverns to check out the caves and watch the bat show. And maybe some other stuff in between.All gonna do in the last week of Aug, before the holiday crowds.Maybe we'll cross paths.

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