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Old 09-01-2012, 05:41 PM   #1
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Solo Trip to Albuquerque & Beyond

I get a week more vacation than my wife and I need to find something to do with it. This year I plan to head west on a solo motorcycle trip to visit my dad in Albuquerque, NM.

I am doing a relatively low number of miles each day so that each morning I can hit some local roads ands explore a bit. My explorations are not included in the miles indicated above.

9/3 - Austin, Fredericksburg and Junction – 280 miles
9/4 - All the way to Fort Stockton – 199 miles
9/5 – On to play in Carlsbad & Dark Places – 139 miles
9/5 – On to Roswell & Aliens - 76 miles
9/6 - On to Albuquerque – 201 miles
9/7 - Rest in ABQ – Zero Miles
9/8 – Do Jemez Mountains, Bandelier, Los Alamos, Taos & Santa Fe – ~350miles
9/9 – Rest ABQ – Zero Miles

I have no decided on a route back yet. If you have suggestions I am open to them. Any recommendations for good roads to explore and suggestions for some good eats along the route. If you have any suggestions for either please speak up. Hoping to post photos as I go.
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Old 09-01-2012, 06:44 PM   #2
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All that area up there around Los Alamos and Taos is awesome. Some really beautiful country. You may need two days to fully appreciate that.
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I was raised in Los alamos the jemez is such a nice ride make sure you go to the hot springs when your there it's a little hike buy very well worth it and there is a hike called east forks that is very well worth the walk as well best of luck
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Try the loop when you get to Taos -Questa, angel fire etc great road.

Also when you head north of Santa Fe to Taos you will be on 68 - be careful lots of cops and stupid drivers.

Have fun!

Ps. When you leave Taos you may want to try Hwy 64 to 56/412 they are great roads as well.
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Also go up the Los alamos ski hill road it's a fun curvy road with a great view at the top
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Head through Ruidoso on your way out of Roswell to Albuquerque. Take 246(Pine Lodge) out of Roswell for a twistier road towards Ruidoso.

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I have everything loaded and ready to hit the road in the morning. I plan to head out around 5:00 AM. Starting the trip with 10200 miles on the ODO.
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I did a Similar trip a few years ago.

I took fm84 or 87 north from fredricksburg through San Angelo to Sweetwater. Then went west to NM. Beautiful riding.

93 octane gas hard to find.

I camped in Ruidoso then rode the hwy over the front of the mts that takes you to hwy 25 across the valley.

Get gas in ruidoso if you go the valley route. No gas till hwy 25.
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Looks like you have a good set up there. Man I wish I could go with you. I'm already itching for another trip. Savor every moment my friend.
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I did a Similar trip a few years ago.

I took fm84 or 87 north from fredricksburg through San Angelo to Sweetwater. Then went west to NM. Beautiful riding.

93 octane gas hard to find.

I camped in Ruidoso then rode the hwy over the front of the mts that takes you to hwy 25 across the valley.

Get gas in ruidoso if you go the valley route. No gas till hwy 25.
I took 82 from Artesia up to Cloudcroft and had lunch at Big Daddy's. I then took 244 to Riudoso and 70 back to Roswell where i am staying the night tonight. Rained on me the entire time I was in Lincoln National Forest (except when i was eating at big daddys!)

Just about 418 miles today and I think I was approaching my limit.

On to Albuqueque tomorrow.

Will post pics when i get back.


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Sounds like a good day of riding. I like going through Cloudcroft. Very nice national forest.
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If you find yourself near Magdalena, stop by the NRAO VLA. Pretty cool to see it in person.

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I recommend the hotel blue in alb. Gated parking, nice rooms, walking distance to the night life.

Atomic cantina is a cool bar and there is a good sushi place east of hotel blue on the main drag.


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Nice panaramic there Mr.F. That looks cool out in the middle of nowhere like that.
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Thanks, came out pretty well for having been taken with a tablet. It's definitely in the middle of nowhere. Nothing for 35 miles in either direction. Well, except for police and border patrol.
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I am back home safe and sound. I did a Marathon run yesterday from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Brownwood, Texas totaling 560 miles. I'll never do that again. Got to have breakfast with a buddy from FZ1-Forum.com this morning which was great. It was a short 260 miles today to finish the trip and get homefrom Brownwood.

Total Miles: 2232.9

Things I am glad I took with me:
  • Touring Windscreen - Slight tuck and no wind and very quiet.
  • Cramp Buster - Could not have done this trip without it.
  • Ibuprofen - Plenty of aches and pains during this trip. Start poping pills after 4 hours in the saddle or so.
  • Chain Cleaner and Lube - Cleaned and lubed on the side of the road twice. Just used red shop towels rather than scrub brush. Did a proper cleaning at my dadas place.
  • Preparation H - It soothes the burn!
  • Tools - I had to take the tank off. When I left Bandolier National Monumnet my speedo was reading ZERO no matter what. I have seen it do this for a split second but not as long as it did. In Los Alamos I took my tank off and checked all the connections to my Speedo Healer. Everything looked good so I started to look for a motorcycle service shop in Santa Fe. By the time I got down out of the Mountains (46.9) miles later it suddenly dtarted working. Not sure if it was teh altitude or the cold.
  • Ziplock Baggies - Kept all my electronics and wallet dry when I needed.
  • Sena SMH5 - In combination with my iPhone and GPS software I always knew where I was and where I was going and even with my tunes. BTW - I could hear my wife just fine on the phone even at 70mph.
  • Tennis Shoes - There is plenty to walk around and do at most of my stops. SIDI boots are great on a bike but blister factories when walking around. I never would have done Carlsbad Caverns in MC boots.
  • Rain Suit - I only needed it one day but I am sure glad I had it.
  • Clothes Wahing Detergent - Washed a few garments at night to get the funk out.

Things I wish I had with me:
  • Friends - That is the only thing that would have made this better
  • WiFi Hotspot - Cheap Motels do not always have reliable internet. Of course even a mobile hot spot would not have worked most of the places I went.
  • Bigger Gas Tank - Would it really be that hard for Yamaha to find room for at least one more gallon? Jeez! I felt like I spent more time at gas stations that I did driving!


I plan to do this again next year. Only difference will be working in the Twisted Sisters on the way out.

Photos and video coming soon!

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