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What's wrong with New Mexico? I hadn't been there since I was 6. Maybe it was just bad luck, but three days of encountering nothing but psychotics, idiots, and annoying people was rather shocking for my girlfriend and I. I can't say I've ever had an experience like this before.

Everyone drives SLOW:
Also, what is the deal with New Mexico drivers? Most states complain about out of state drivers gawking and driving slowly and erratically. Coloradans love to complain about CA and TX plates. Utards love to complain aboutt CO plates. Montana yells about everyone. In New Mexico, it is the NM plates that are the problem. It seems to be part of their culture to ALWAYS drive 10-15mph below the posted limit… and not just a few of them… MOST of them do this. 30 in a 45 seemed the norm. These people were the least of our problems.

THESE EXPERIENCES GET PROGRESSIVELY WORSE!

Bike Shop Brilliance:

Me: "Good Morning. Do you run bike shuttles for South Boundary or know which shops do that?"
Bike Shop: "Oh… uh… did you try calling the chamber of commerce?"
Me: "… Thanks…"

There were a lot of instances with blank stares from shops to restaurants… people who seemed to have a lot of trouble understanding day to day activities. Maybe there was something in the water. I'm just accustomed to people having a certain level of knowing what they are doing.

Nobody rides DH at Angelfire:

No trail descriptions. No other bikers.

Me: Hi! We only have one DH bike. I only see blues and blacks. Do people run these on 4" XC bikes?
Employee 1: I dunno. Maybe.
Me: OK, well if I wanted to find a run with berms and rock gardens, which would I run?
Employee 1: I dunno. Ask at the lift.
Employee 2: I'm not sure. Ask the guy at the top of the lift.
Employee 3: I don't ride here. Ask the guys at the restaurant.
Employee 4: No clue. Ask him.
Employee 5: I don't ride here, but a tourist told me that Combi was an easy run.
Me: Screw it! I'm going biking!

I ran World Cup, Boogie, and Sierra. Angelfire: Fun, long, completely empty, and staffed by know-nothings. It's not as good as Keystone or Sol Vista.

Psycho Biker:

One of the two other DH bikers I saw the whole time I was at Angelfire came to his truck, threw his bike, and went into a five minute tirade:
Example: "WHY DO YOU DO THIS TO ME? WHY ARE YOU ****ING WITH ME? YOU USED TO BE SO NICE! HOW CAN YOU TREAT ME LIKE ****? I HATE YOU SO MUCH!"
It apparently sounded like he was breaking up with his girlfriend, except that he was talking to his bike. Then I arrived…

Psycho Biker: "****ing ********! Two flat tires! And my friends are nowhere! NOWHERE! What the ****? I need CO2 cartridges. Do you have any?"
Me: "No, sorry. I'd tell you to ask at the desk, but they might now know what you are talking about. I have a pump you can use."
Psycho Biker: "Goddamnit! This is some ****!"

It went on like that so we left.

Bike Shop Morons: (do not do business with Gearing Up Bicycle Shop )

Before going to Angelfire, I stepped into this shop to find out about shuttles. They were having massive ADD moments. They couldn't pay attention to any customers for more than 30 seconds or in any order, and there were only four customers with two employees! I was in there for 20 minutes to get a simple question answered.

Employee: "We are the only legitimate shuttle operation in town."
Me: "Sweet. When does your next shuttle leave?"
Employee: "We only have one and it left at 7AM and we don't always run it."
Me: "How about tomorrow?"
Employee: "Uh…. I don't know. I'll check."

He tries to help two other customers at the same time then goes to the back room, then LEAVES THE SHOP. I wait for 5 or 10 minutes to ask the other employee, then the first one returns.

Employee: "There's room. Just call us back later to make sure we are doing it."
Me: "I will. Say, I was told that if you shuttle to the middle it's all downhill. One of our XC bikes is out of service. Would a DH bike work OK or is there climbing?"
Employee: "That'll work great. It's all downhill from Garcia Park."

I call back twice and leave messages saying we want to go still. I call at 4PM:

Owner: "Sorry, the shuttle is full. A group of six took it."
Me: "I was in there earlier asking for it, was told there was room if it ran. I did what your guys said to do and left you messages. You booted everyone and put a later group in for the same price? You couldn't even call me back to tell me? I'll be sure to let everyone know how you do business!"
Owner: "Well, we didn't check our messages. Would you all have even paid?"
Me: "You didn't have your **** together enough to answer the phone or check your messages in the last 7 hours and you are asking if I would have paid?"

Gearing Up Bicycle Shop sucks. Avoid them at all costs.

Other Weirdness:

In the Taos Plaza: creepy homeless looking dudes walking around staring at us… like full neck swivels as they walked. Creepy…

Hot Springs Hike: both groups we encountered hiking worked at staying clear of us.

Psycho Dog Abuser:

While searching for the South Boundary Trail, I waved down a guy driving his nice new blue SUV. I asked him if he had seen any signs. Instead of answering me, he grabbed the dog by its ear and yanked it forward in-between the front seats, then slammed it's head down on the center console, and started violently yanking and shoving on its face screaming, "I'M SICK OF YOUR ****!" Then he turned to me and said, "I'm out of here," and drove off. WTF?

South Boundary Trail - Gearing Up Bicycle Shop Morons Strike Again:

NOT a DH trail. Not dowhnhill. Uphill and mostly flat, with some downhill at the very end. That was a lot of pedaling on a DH Sled. We would have gotten the second XC bike working if the moron at Gearing Up hadn't said it was good to go DH. Ugh, what a workout. 4" is all you need on that trail. Very cool trail though!

Psycho Gang Banger Gonna Bust a Cap in My Ass

Driving down from the trailhead is 7 miles of well maintained dirt road that you can do 30mph on. We quickly got behind a pickup driving in the middle of the road doing about 15mph and 5-10mph on the corners. Usually people like this pull over and let you pass. Well this guy, after noticing us, tried to speed up on the short straight aways, punching the accelerator like he was trying to get away, then slamming on the brakes on the corners and staring back at us as he went around them. I hadn't even been tailgating him. Then he started making hand gestures. Perhaps they were gang signs, but I was pretty sure one was the universal "I'm going to shoot you" gesture. Then he started dangling a red hankie out the window. We followed him at distance at 10mph for 6 miles as there was no other way out. When he got to the intersection he stopped and jumped out of his truck. I roared by him, blasting him with dust.

One good experience… with people NOT from NM:

We ended up meeting with the people who were going to shuttle with Gearing Up Bicycle Shop, but then they apparently backed out. They had no idea we'd been booted. They apologized, but I reminded them it wasn't their fault to begin with. They were lost looking for the trail. We found it together. They said they'd be willing to give us a ride back afterwards since it was on their way. They were very cool, all out of state seasonal workers at the Boy Scouts camp. We tossed them $30 and some beer.

One good New Mexico experience:

The positive experience was the food. NM food rocks. Green chile on everything! Yum!
 

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the slow driving drives me insane. its not like people are opposed to actually driving at a higher rate of speed, because these same morons who drive 30 down the 45 streets are driving 50 on the 70 freeways. you can go 45 safely, why not go 45?
 

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Sometimes you just have to embrace the surreality. I've had trips almost that bad, I actually started looking forward to the next outbreak of stupid, just for the entertainment value.

Funny that the shuttle group you got booted for canceled their trip. Karma, baby!
 

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New Mexico is bizzaro world. We used to drive to Lordsburg as kids all the time to get de fireworks. We would drop 100 bucks in the fireworks store and still get dirty looks from the fat slobs at the counter. Who the hell else do they expect to buy fireworks on the border, New Mexicans?

Another time we spent a few days in Carlsbad, and I have never had my order screwed up a resturaunt 4 times, but it happened here, clueless white trash bimbo.

And don't get me started on New Mexico drivers....between 10 years in AZ and 3 in CO, well, yeah......
 

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SummitAP said:
Maybe there was something in the water.


Hmmmmm.....

ahhhhh

Hey, at least you had some good grub and it sounds like the authorities left you alone. They usually tend to gravitate towards out of state plates:bluefrown:

Consider it an experience that you can share whenever your chillin' with some friends;)
 

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Well, it could have been the nukes... but maybe it's the green chile? That stuff is addictive... I need more!

nhmtns said:
Boy Scout Workers: "Look what we got! Beer!"
Boy Scouts: "Awesome!"
Naw, they made sure not to bring it back with them... apparently workers get fired on the spot for having alcohol on premises.
 

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nhmtns said:
^^^ You joined just to post that?
No, I've lurked for about five years, and that was the first time I saw something stupid enought that I felt the need to reply. :thumbsup:

;)
 

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No, I've lurked for about five years, and that was the first time I saw something stupid enought that I felt the need to reply.
If you've never seen anything that stupid in five years on this forum, you haven't been paying attention.
 

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Yeah, all New Mexico is like that! I'd show 'em by never going back!
 

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as a new mexican i find this thread to be rather offensive.
you guys cant possibly be serious? just because you meet a few idiots dont mean the whole state is full of idiots. thats a rather naive assumption. but hey i would rather you not like it here, then my trails will stay nice and empty just the way i like it.

sorry you had a bad experience in this state. i really dont know what people are like up north, i live down in the southwestern part of the state. but i do agree they drive like idiots here.
i grew up in oregon. definitely two different worlds.

and as far as lordsburg, i think the sun warped their brains. maybe not all are like that there. but damn, they live in lordburg they cant be that bright. im not really sure why people live there anyway. theres absolutely nothing there.
 

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Were you the guy in the pickup or the suv?:D
He must have been in the truck because I'm pretty sure Giantbikeboy was the psycho in the SUV
 

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giantbikeboy said:
The OP is the exact type of loser F ing D bag we don't need here. Please do not return A hole. GBB
Way to prove his point.
 
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