Pictures and Stories About Bicycle Tour Adventures
Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (GDMBR - Segment):
I-10 (near Separ, NM), Hachita, Big Hatchet State Refuge
to Antelope Wells, New Mexico (NM);
Antelope Wells USA/Mexico Border Station;
by Bicycle Tour; February, 2010
- Cycling Facts -
We stayed at Demming, NM, and drove to the Great Divide Bike Trail
as recommended due to Illegal Alien border crossing activity.
Each of the three riding days were performed as round trip loops;
upon arrival on Day 1, we pulled up to a sitting Border Patrol person
and we explained to them that we would be parking by the road side and
bicycle touring the Great Divide Trail. They subsequently kept an eye out
for our parked vehicle (and us too).
We never biked for 30 minutes without seeing at least one Border
Patrol vehicle (often more).
In the final 30 miles, we saw Border Patrol motor vehicles,
a helicopter patrol, horse patrols (with dogs), and multiple ATVs at work.
During the Summer, day temperatures reach the 100's F (37+ C),
so we tried Winter days that reached the 50's for an hour or two,
but it was still freezing at night and the beginning and ending of the day.
We made one Continental Divide crossing (just north of Hachita, NM).
The Agents at the Antelope Wells Border Station were well versed in
Adventure Cycling's Great Divide Trail and they were very friendly and
helpful toward us, in fact some of the pictures of us were taken by them.
All of the Border Patrol people work very hard to protect the USA Border.
We actually saw Antelope at Antelope Wells!
Above: For a majority of Cyclists, this is 'The Beginning' or 'The Ending' of the Great Divide Muntain Bike Route (GDMBR). We (Dennis and Terry Struck) are standing with our daVinci Tandem in Mexico.
Above: Rare Sighting; Looking East; We actually got to see Antelope at Antelope Wells, NM!
Above Left: Antelope Wells, facing South, Border Station in background.
Above Right: The only water that we saw. It had rained the day before; in fact we drove through a snow storm from the same weather system the day before, driving through Santa Fe.
Above: Beautiful End for Day 1.
Above Left: The Hachita Town Sign/Historical marker.
Above Right: Some old adobe structures in Hachita.
Above Left: Humor in Hachita.
Above Right: Old Closed Catholic Church in Hachita.
Above Left: Water tank, wind mill (water pump), and cattle; the blades on this wind mill are huge (compare to cattle)!
Above Right: Some yucca plants grow quite tall, Dennis is roughly 6 feet tall.
Above Left: Terry, a break, and a tall Yucca Plant.
Above Right: Very accurate Cattle Crossing sign. BTW, there are Buffalo in the area but we never saw them.
Above Left: Moo-re Cattle. Arh arh!
Above Right: A water sipping break.
Above: The Circle of Life.
Above: Prickly Pear Cactus.
Above Left: The road back. Also, Leonardo Fibonacci would be proud of me.
Above Right: Oh, there's another sign on the back of the Historical Marker. Estoy muy loco.
Above: The Start of Day 3 (more or less).
Above Left: This was our turn around point on Day 2, riding from the south (Hachita), Continental Divide Crossing #29..
Above Right: This was our turn around point on Day 3, Continental Divide Crossing #29, riding from the north (I-10 near Separ). The signs are directly across from one another. Today, we will have a little picnic on the Divide!
Above Left: Mmm, Mangos, Jerky, Trail Mix and Good Company!
Above Right: The Sentinel.
Above: The end of a wonderful ride and the end of a nice winter cycling adventure. We are looking North. The white rectangles are Commercial Trucks on Interstate-10, 9 or more miles away.
Above Left: Interstate 25, just before passing through Las Vegas, NM.
Above Right: A Water Tank above the Town of 'Truth or Consequences', NM.