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Old 04-09-2019, 08:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Cool Chuska Mountains

I rode my Electra Glide to the Chuska Mountains. I left my home in Durango and headed southwest.

My first stop was Shiprock.



This is an extinct volcano that last erupted 27 million years ago.



Most of the volcano has eroded long ago. All that is left is the magma caldera.

On the left of this next picture is what looks like a wall. This is a volcanic dyke. It was a fissure in the ground that filled up with lava. Now the ground has eroded away leaving the dyke above ground.



Over the winter I took my Electra Glide apart and took all the body parts to the painter. I had it painted bright red.



I added fishtail slip-ons and Corbin Seats.



to be continued ...
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Old 04-09-2019, 08:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Then I headed west to the Chuska Mountains. These mountains span the border of New Mexico and Arizona.







I pulled over at Buffalo Pass.
In the next picture you can see Shiprock in the distance and the long dyke extending out to the right. Far in the distance is the La Plata Mountains near my home in Durango.



Here's another picture of my newly red 2009 Electra Glide. I also added lowers.



There was a lot of Ponderosa Pine on the eastern side of the mountain range. As I descended the western side there was a lot of sandstone.













This next picture is looking back at the Chuska Mountains after getting back on relatively level ground.



Next stop is Canyon de Chelly

To be continued ...
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Keep it coming, awesome!

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looks like some good breakin in time on that seat . Did you see any cars, lol.
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As always great pic's. At first I thought you picked up another bike until you explained the tear down and paint. Once again thanks for the travel documentary.
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Very nice . Both bike redone and the trip.
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Cool

DD, you always take great shots! Keep them coming!
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looks like some good breakin in time on that seat . Did you see any cars, lol.
As my pictures show these roads have relatively little traffic.
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Talking Canyon de Chelly

I think Canyon de Chelly is one of the most underrated canyons in the US. This place has huge cliffs that are 1000 feet high.



The first lookout point I pulled over at was "Massacre Cave". This is also called "Place where the 2 people fell". During the Navajo Wars the US army waged war against the Navajo. In 1864 Kit Carson lead the US army in a scorched earth policy, destroying villages and food sources. The Navajo took shelter in caves and ledges in Canyon de Chelly. One of the soldiers was walking on a ledge and came to a cave women and children were hiding in. Knowing there was no escape one of the women grabbed the soldier and jumped off the cliff. They both fell to their deaths. Solders on the canyon floor then shot into the cave. Their bullets ricocheted off the roof of the cave until all the women and children were dead.











What I really like about Canyon de Chelly is it's not commercialized. There aren't many people there.



This is called Junction Lookout point.








This tall rock is called Spider Rock





Next I started to head back but I didn't want to take the same route I came.

To be continued . . .
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Another gorgeous trip. Thanks for the pics and write up.

Bike looks good too!
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This thread came just in time Dave. As always great narrative and pictures.thanks

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I almost forgot. I used GPS tracking. Here's the route I took:
https://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php...=0&showAll=yes
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At the Spider Rock the road continuing to the east was unmaintained and in poor shape. I turned around and came back around the canyon. Then I wanted to take a different route home. There is another pass through the Chuska Mountains, Narbona Pass. I have been reading a book that talked about the history of that pass so I wanted to check it out.







I took Narbona Pass over the Chuska Mountains. This pass was named after Narbona, a Navajo chief that fought the Mexican Army when this area was part of Mexico.



Narbona set up an ambush from the hills and ledges over this pass. Here they defeated teh Mexican army.





Then I came into Farmington NM from the south.



That's Farmington in the valley of the San Juan River.



I ate dinner at a Texas Roadhouse in Farmington. After dinner I headed north to my home in Durango.
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Great pics and description, as always.

Have you ever recorded the short trip between Durango and Silverton?

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Great pics and description, as always.

Have you ever recorded the short trip between Durango and Silverton?
Thanks. That's a great ride. Lots of curves and great scenery. I ride it all the time but I've never posted the Million Dollar Highway. It's so routine for me that I never think of posting it.
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