Overland Expo Road Trip, Day Seven

One week gone. I am not completely happy with the pace I’ve been setting, especially today when I knew I had plenty of time. I rode over 400 miles, almost to Roswell, before stopping.

I did stop to look at the Odessa Crater, the second largest meteor crater in the USA.


Although, to be honest, there isn’t much to see. The crater was almost completely filled in long ago, and its only the depression and different rock composition that show where it is. There had been a hole dug with scaffolding you could go down to the bottom, under all the dirt that had filled it in, but the scaffold burned down in the 50s and they just cemented over the hole.

Apart from that bit of tourism all I did was ride and ride more. In New Mexico I found a state park, although it was already late and I was starting to consider stealth camping. Long day and I was tired, but this place came along and I took it. The sunset was amazing.


And I had company to watch it.


Having seen them both I am confident an Alaskan Rabbit can take the New Mexico version anytime it wants.

The sun has set now and the sky is filling with stars the way that only happens in the desert. You should come see.

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2 Responses to Overland Expo Road Trip, Day Seven

  1. Ryan says:

    Hi Andrew,
    I have been reading your blog of your travels for a bit now, and I have been very interested in traveling on a small (250 size) motorcycle. Your writing has inspired me to stop thinking about doing something like this, and to go get my license and get a motorcycle and go riding. I am also from Wisconsin, just outside of Madison.

    Do you travel the interstate highways with your bike, or do you stick to two lane highways? I am looking at a Honda Rebel, or Nighthawk, do you feel they could travel as well as your Yamaha 250? Iam just over 6′ tall and weigh about 190 would these bikes be comfortable for someone my size?

    Thank you for the travels that you have done, and for writing this blog, it has been inspirational reading.


    • Andrew Pain says:

      Hey, we’re practically neighbors! Well, sort of.

      I think your rebel will do just fine. My Exciter is a single, while the Rebel is a twin. This makes the engine a little more complicated (not too much), but also reduces vibration and adds a little power. Curiosity can handle freeway speeds, so I expect your bike will as well.

      Even though I can travel on the interstate, I prefer smaller roads. Its less work for the motor, and forces me to slow down and enjoy the areas I pass through. Makes it easier to meet people too, which kills my daily miles but makes every trip better.

      Hope to see you some where on the road! And SW of Madison is some of the prettiest riding in the USA, (certainly in the Midwest) so have fun exploring.


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