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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 09-09-2018, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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Rode the V7 in the Sacramento Mountains around Ruidoso, NM

If y'all ever get the chance to ride in the Sacramento Mountains, take it. Some really nice roads and varying terrain in the area. Saw many Harleys riding and parked at the casinos.

So I pull into the "Inn of the Mountain Gods" to reconnoiter and decide where I want to ride today.

All of a sudden I look up and see a Moto Guzzi California Custom stopped and the guy is checking out my Carbon. It is rare to see two Moto Guzzis in one location and I didn't even get a photo! I walk over and he introduces himself and he has an accent so I ask him where he is from. Italy! He is here working at the resort and bought the bike in El Paso. We didn't get to talk long or take photos because he had family visiting and needed to get to them. Before he left me he told me that I had to ride up the road to Ski Apache. That road wasn't even on my route plan but I thought I had better check it out.

Sure glad I did!

Got in almost 90 miles of great mountain riding. The V7 is every bit as fun to ride as my FZ-07 was. I am impressed with this Moto Guzzi!

Here is the route with the addition of the road to Ski Apache.


A close up of the road to Ski Apache. Nice winding road up the mountain.


Some shots of the bike and the background along the way up the mountain.




Yes, that is some rain off in the distance.


Temps dropped 10 degrees at 10,000 feet compared to 6000 feet at the Inn.
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Looks like a nice ride. Great pics.
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Great story TWA!
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That's a nice ride report!
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I had the day off and headed for the mountains on the Carbon. Beautiful day. Great roads. Amazing Scenery. Crazy temperature changes that had me adding and removing layers based on elevations from 4300 to 10,000 feet.


Route 130 in the Sacramento Mountains.


View of White Sands National Monument.


The Tullarosa Basin.


Riding down Fresnal Canyon Road.






Maybe I should have bought a Rough. LOL!



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The sign outside of Pistachioland store. I had to flip the photo to be able to read the sign.


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Two Sundays ago I ventured out early so I stayed in the valley until after lunch since the mountains were in the 40s and 50s while the valley started out on the high 60s.

I decided to go in search of what I consider cool backdrops for photos of my Carbon. I think a few turned out pretty good.


A business in Tularosa, NM





Downtown Carrizozo, NM


Valley of Fires park.

After lunch of Green Chili and Cheese Burritos and Peach Tea I started climbing in elevation for the cooler temps.

Climbing out of Nogal, NM on 37.


Mescalero Lake at the Inn of the Mountain Gods


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Overlooking Alamogordo, NM


Nelson's National Forest consisting of '1' tree and it is dead.


Looking up at the Sacramento Mountains from Alamogordo


There has been an almost daily threat of afternoon rain coming off the mountains.


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