The heat in the valley was intense over the SEAT Overnighter
weekend, the 8th through the 10th of June. Temps in the 100s
were predicted and they were definitely right up there. Good
thing the temps were in the 70s and 80s up on the Mogollon rim,
so much nicer.
Wanda and I rode up Hwy 191, The Coronado Trail. As usual The
Trail didnít disappoint for excitement and outright danger. A
herd of deer was our first surprise. Never can tell which
direction screwy deer will jump, and when there are eight or
nine of them, it gets exciting right away. The real scare was
the excessive amount of crack sealer on the highway between mile
marker 200 and about mile marker 212. Very scary, enough that I
sent a letter to ADOT asking for some consideration for us two
Unfortunately Saturday the wind came up and spoiled our plans to
ride around Big Lake and on the newly paved portion of Hwy 273.
Ron Miller camped at Big Lake and told us of 30 plus mile per
hour winds. It was a good day to spend in Springerville and the
newly opened XA Bar with their 24 beers on tap!
Reedís Lodge, SEAT HQ for the weekend, is a quaint Mom and Pop
motel with a gift shop that highlights John Wayne. It was the
perfect place to spend the night Ė right across the street from
Booga Reds where we ate dinner Saturday night. Booga Redís does
great Mexican food, it was a hoot. Diane and Allen did some
excellent door prizes before everyone left. Good company for
Our ride home took us down Hwy 180 where we got a birdís eye
view of the massive New Mexico Whitewater-Baldy fire. We
stopped at the Leopold Vista and could see flames, scary stuff.
The fire was visible all the way down to the Mule Creek turn off
We gassed up in Lordsburg and came home via Hwy 80. Most
excellent ride. We love those SEAT Overnighters!