Southern States Tour – Day 57

Day 57 Route
Day 57 Route

The weather forecast had me on the lookout for increasing winds and chances of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Temperatures were in the 80’s and the skies partly cloudy. There was a thunderstorm to the south of me in New Mexico, but my path led me away from it.

Day’s distance: 489 miles
Total trip distance: 10,324 miles

My intention today was to travel through tornado alley while the weather was good. My destination was Taos, New Mexico. I did get to ride a bit of Route 66 and passed the National Route 66 Museum in Elk City, Oklahoma.

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I passed another mileage milestone soon after (really just another even number) …

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and I crossed the Texas border …

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In Texas, I was traveling along, occasionally glancing at the fuel gauge, I noticed that it indicated the tank was half empty. A short time later, it indicated it was full. This was concerning because I don’t believe the gods of travel would grant me such a gift. 🙂

I filled the tank since I was at a gas station and continued on my way hoping that this behavior was a fluke. I suspected the charcoal canister was clogged, or perhaps fuel-soaked and that it would clear quickly.

The behavior repeated itself and I stopped frequently throughout the day to release the vacuum. I was still thinking the charcoal in the canister, which is designed to clear itself in the event fuel gets in it, would clear itself.

This part of Texas had some big sized potholes in the highways and a lot of trucks, cattle feed lots, oil and gas platforms and equipment and man-sized smells that were mostly unpleasant. But it didn’t take too long to cross into the New Mexico border …

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all while nursing an ailing bike, cause what else are you going to do when it is Monday and BMW service centers in the US seem to be universally closed on Monday.

My mood improved when I realized that my path was going to miss a thunderstorm that formed to the south. Soon, I reached the edge of the Rockies.

Near Cimarron, New Mexico
Near Cimarron, New Mexico

The weather was clearing some and no rain was predicted for the evening, so camping was an option and an alternative to heading into Taos. I found a spot at the Maverick Campground inside the Cimarron Canyon State Park.

Maverick Campground
Maverick Campground

The Cimarron River ran through part of the campground …

Cimarron River
Cimarron River

I did some research after dinner to better understand how the charcoal canister works. The fuel tank on the bike is a plastic, and a vacuum can cause it to collapse inward. It also can damage the fuel guage, a float inside the tank, as well as cause engine performance. I decided that I would have to have the bike looked at and planned to stop at either Colorado Springs or Denver the next day.

2 thoughts

  1. Your short stint through Texas reminds me of the recent anti-abortion law passed there. Wisconsin recently passed a law setting a 20-week limit on abortion. The Texas law sets standards for abortion clinics that may cause many of them to close. What happened to the right of a woman to decide with her doctor what is appropriate? I’m trying to think if there are any laws that apply to men that come even close to limiting men’s freedom of choice in medical procedures.

    I once attended a Christian church service with my grandparents in Independence, Missouri where a woman who had become pregnant was subjected to public shame by first being castigated by the preacher and then brought to the front of the congregation for a healing gesture. Nothing was said about the guy involved. That was last church service I attended.

    Glad you got to New Mexico. Cimarron looks like a place to visit. How was the camping?

    Happy trails –Lenbob

    1. The camping was inexpensive and the campground pretty. It was located adjacent to Highway 64 but that didn’t have much traffic on it after dark. For a one-night stay, it’s perfect.

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