Tuesday

Borderland Overland to OX11



The NMBR 4Runner is packed and ready for adventure this fine Tuesday evening. Tomorrow, I'll meet up with a half dozen overlanders in Lordsburg, NM for a fast paced 260-mile overland adventure through the Borderland to the Overland Expo. Nearly two thirds of the route will be dirt.

Scenery along the Borderland Overland route will include desert, grasslands and forest. Nearly two thirds of the route will be comprised of dirt roads, including the Geronimo Trail and Coronado Scenic Byway. Wednesday night camp will be at Parker Canyon Lake; a beautiful backdrop for relaxing around the campfire.

Route:

Day 1- (180 miles)
A) DEPARTURE- Lordsburg, NM B) Animas, NM C) Geronimo Trail, NM/AZ D) Douglas, AZ E) Montezuma Canyon Road, AZ F) CAMP Parker Canyon Lake, AZ
Day 2- (80 miles)
G) Sunnyside Road, AZ H) Lochiel, AZ I) Patagonia, AZ J) Forest Service Road 143- Bull Springs Road, AZ K) ARRIVAL- Overland Expo, Amado, AZ

See you at the Overland Expo!

Saturday

Test Driving G's F-Toy #110- Off Broadway Trail



George's new F-Toy was nothing short of pure amazing—it powered over most everything we pointed it at. Working the dual transfer cases, manual transmission and an assortment of switches took some getting used to, but by the end of the weekend we were cruising the trails at a record pace. After being behind the wheel of the F-Toy, rock crawling in the NMBR 4Runner may never be the same.













Wednesday

F-Toy #110



Stay tuned for one hell of a test drive…

Overland Expo 2011


New Mexico Backroads will be attending the Overland Expo April 1-3 in Amado, Arizona. The Overland Expo is an international event that educates and inspires people to get out and explore the world through overlandinng. The term “overlanding” describes self-reliant travel to remote and rugged destinations where the journey is the principal goal. The event will feature 70+ different classes and workshops, 100 exhibitors, authors, & videographers from around the world, a film festival and thousands of overlanders from around the world.

Visit the Overland Expo website by clicking HERE

Tuesday

Borderland Overland: Invite






Borderland Overland to OX11


Who: A few good overlanders. Limited to participants of Overland Expo 2011 (Day Pass or Overland Experience) seeking an overland route to OX11. Only the most self-sufficient, open-minded & good spirited overlanders need apply

What: A fast paced 260-mile overland adventure through the Borderland to the Overland Expo. Nearly two thirds of the route will be dirt!

Where: Southern New Mexico & Southern Arizona (Lordsburg, NM to Amado, AZ)

When: Wednesday, March 30th & Thursday, March 31st, 2011


Looking to go the road less traveled to Overland Expo 2011? New Mexico Backroads will be guiding a two day adventure that will traverse some of the regions’ loneliest roads. Scenery along the Borderland Overland route will include desert, grasslands and forest. Nearly two thirds of the route will be comprised of dirt roads, including the Geronimo Trail and Coronado Scenic Byway. Wednesday night camp will be at Parker Canyon Lake; a beautiful backdrop for relaxing around the campfire.


For those that make the trip; I can almost guarantee they will arrive at the Overland Expo with dirty rigs, big smiles and stories that will make their fellow overlanders envious.




Route:

Day 1- (180 miles)
A) DEPARTURE- Lordsburg, NM B) Animas, NM C) Geronimo Trail, NM/AZ D) Douglas, AZ E) Montezuma Canyon Road, AZ F) CAMP Parker Canyon Lake, AZ
Day 2- (80 miles)
G) Sunnyside Road, AZ H) Lochiel, AZ I) Patagonia, AZ J) Forest Service Road-143, AZ K) ARRIVAL- Overland Expo, Amado, AZ


Schedule:


Day 1- Wednesday, March 30 (180 Miles)
-Group meets at Pilot Truck Stop (1050 East Motel Drive) in Lordsburg, NM. Meeting and briefing will be at 5:30AM, departure will be promptly at 6:00AM.
-Lunch and refuel in Douglas
-Early Evening arrival for camp at Parker Canyon Lake
Day 2- Thursday March 31 (80 Miles)
-Depart Parker Canyon Lake at 8AM
-Lunch Patagonia Mountains
-Early Afternoon Arrival at Overland Expo


Requirements:


Experienced Driver, Reliable 4WD Overlanding Vehicle, Toyota (just kidding), CB Radio, All Terrain Tires (70% tread or better), Spare Tire (same size as the four on the ground), Camping Provisions, Food, Water, Extra Fuel (optional), Tire Repair Kit, Tool Kit, First Aid Kit


Details:


Lordsburg, the meeting point, is located approximately 2.5 hours east of Tucson and 2.5 hours west of El Paso. For those traveling a long distance to Lordsburg, a Tuesday night motel or campsite stay near Lordsburg is recommended. Wednesday night camp will be at Parker Canyon Lake, AZ. Basic bathroom facilities and water are provided (this is a pay per site campground). Fuel will be available in Douglas, Bisbee and Patagonia. For those interested in researching the Borderland Overland route, I recommend purchasing the New Mexico & Arizona Delorme Atlas Books.


Because a large amount of land will be covered in a relatively short period of time, the trip will be fast paced. All departure times will be firm. The Borderland Overland route will traverse long and remote stretches parallel to the US/Mexican Border. While the areas we will be traveling are statistically safe, dangerous illegal activities and border violence are ever-present. Drivers and passengers alike will need to be aware of their surroundings at all times. Cell phone service, as well as any other type of service, will be limited throughout the entire trip. This trip is limited to participants of Overland Expo 2011 (Day Pass or Overland Experience). No one under the age of 18, please.


***Only the most self-sufficient, open-minded & good spirited overlanders need apply***


All travel distances and times are approximate. The Borderland route may be subject to change due to time constraints, bad weather, road closures, or poor road conditions.


If you have any questions or feedback, my full contact info is listed HERE


RSVP by email only: NMBackroads at Gmail dot com


Link to Expedition Portal planning thread HERE


(LIMIT 8 VEHICLES)

Sunday

Las Cruces Chile Challenge 2011- Rocotillo Rapids







Anyone else see a problem with what’s going on in the fourth picture of this series? When a 5,000 pound vehicle starts getting tippy, some people think they possess superhuman strengths and can pull the vehicle back down to earth. The same mindset tells drivers to put their arm out the window and push against big rocks (like a kickstand) when they are near tipping. Attempting to defy the laws of physics can have very ugly results.

Monday

Sunday

Keep Our Gila Forest Service Roads Open Rally- Silver City, NM


In a “standing room only” event, over 700 New Mexicans rallied in Silver City on Saturday to oppose the Forest Service's proposal to close Forest Service roads in the Gila National Forest. Ranchers, sportsman and other outdoor enthusiasts stood side by side to tell the Forest Service “NO” to closing access to 1,800-plus miles of existing Forest Service roads. The National Forest Service has developed an impact study that proposes closure of vast portions of our National Forest (Gila Wilderness). The closures would severely limit access to areas that are prime hunting, fishing and general outdoor areas. Forest Service officials say they expect to reach a decision by May or June as to what roads will be permanently closed.


For detailed information on the Gila National Forest Travel Management Plan visit the USDA Gila National Forest Website HERE. The comment period ends March 7 at high noon.

Questions about the Gila Travel Management plan should be directed to Lisa Mizuno (Gila Travel Management Project Leader), phone: 575-388-8267, email: lmizuno@fs.fed.us

Saturday

Keep Gila Forest Service Roads Open!

I’m headed to Silver City to attend the “Rally to Keep Gila Forest Service Roads Open”. The U.S. Forest Service’s proposed Travel Management Plan calls for nearly two thousand miles of roads inside the Gila to be closed. Hundreds of New Mexicans are expected to rally in Silver City today against closing access roads inside the Gila Forest. I’m not usually into politics, but my beloved Gila backroads are at stake. Some of my earliest childhood memories were that of riding shotgun in my Dad’s Bronco and camping along lonely Gila Forest Service Roads. Now days, I photograph and guide the Gila extensively hoping to share my passion for the area’s solitude and beauty.

WHEN: TODAY, SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2011 AT NOON


WHERE: GRANT COUNTY BUSINESS AND CONVENTION CENTER ON HIGHWAY 180 (SILVER CITY, NM)
For a slideshow of New Mexico Backroads’ Gila exploration CLICK HERE