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« on: August 31, 2017, 08:55:14 am »


 
Northern New Mexico is strikingly varied--from the wide-open  plains in the east to the rugged Rocky Mountains in the center and the high mesa  deserts of the Navajo Nation of the west.
 
My goal was to aim for the small town of Coyote (a place I hadn't been),  but that was really only a way to get started.  I'd change my routes along the  way, mostly trying to pick up roads I've never ridden.  As it turned  out, I rode right through Coyote without even stopping (it's easy to miss).
 
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Years ago, center-pivot irrigation, such as this, would be a fountain of  water, with the spray shooting in great circles such as you might see on a golf  course.  But, today, this is the norm.  The spray is just inches above  the crop, and you'll no longer see most of the water drifting off in the wind,  only to evaporate before hitting any crop.
 

 
Oklahoma
  If you like grand, uninterrupted vistas, you'll enjoy the Oklahoma  panhandle.

 
New Mexico
 
Clayton, New Mexico,
 

 
I've stayed the night at the Eklund Hotel several times.  The  restaurant is excellent and the rooms are nice, too.
 

 
 
 

 
Highway 56, the route of the Santa Fe Trail.
 

 
Throughout this trip, I'd be seeing huge fields of yellow sunflowers.
 

 

 
Miami, New Mexico is a small place on New Mexico 199.  Sometimes it's  difficult to find anything that looks town-like for these photographs.
 

 
This stretch of highway 21 follows the old route of the Santa Fe Trail.   That's the “Tooth of Time” formation in the distance.  In the  days of freight hauling in the nineteenth century, when you passed that rock, you  were about a week from reaching your goal of Santa Fe.
 

 
The Cimarron Canyon on the way to Taos.
 

 
Looking over the Rio Grande valley southwest of Taos.  Look close, and  you'll see the river canyon in the center of the photograph.  There aren't  many bridges over the river.
 

 
The Rio Grande while following highway 68.  Yes; it's yellow.  It  eventually clears.
 

 
Highway 96, riding towards Coyote.
 

 

 
This is “red rock” country.
 

 

 
It's very striking country, but you'd be advised to get fuel when you can.
 

 
Heading west out of Cuba, New Mexico.  Off and on, this is Navajo  Nation.
 

 

 
You could probably have a picnic on this road and not worry much about  traffic.
 

 

 
Here (or nearby) is the continental divide.
 

 
Turning north on highway 371 towards the Chaco River and then Farmington.
 

 

 
Colorado
 
Following highway 140 and La Plata River towards the San Juan Mountains.
 

 

 
Yes; that's called Chimney Rock--not to be confused by a number of similar  formations, all with that same name.
 

 
Highway 160 through the southern counties of Colorado.
 

 

 
Navajo Peak (13,409 ft.).
 

 
New Mexico
 
The obvious crossing of the divide would be over Wolf Creek Pass, but that  road has long been tamed and straightened and the route is now pretty busy.   Instead, I'm dropping back into New Mexico to cross over Cumbres Pass (10,022  ft.).
 

 
Chama, New Mexico is one end of the Cumbres & Toltec Railroad.
 
 
 
Climbing towards the pass.  That's highway 17 on the right and the rails  in the center
 

 

 
Colorado
 
It's a nice view from the top looking north to the Conejos River and an  unspoiled Rocky Mountain valley.
 

 
The Conejos River.
 

 

 
Antonito, Colorado is at the other end of the short line.
 
 
 
Manassa, Colorado is the hometown of Jack Dempsey, “The Manassa Mauler.”   I'm guessing the town is now smaller than it was when Dempsey was here.
 

 
Looking south down the San Luis Valley.
 

 
Blanca Peak is the tallest of the grouping on the left (14,345 ft.) and Mount  Lindsey (14,125 ft.) is just to the left of where the road is pointing.   This is part of the long Sangre de Cristo Range.
 

 
The Spanish Peaks.  That's East Peak on the left and West Peak on the  right--not difficult names to remember.  These are the last of the Rocky  Mountains.  Keep going east and you'll very soon be in the great plains.
 

 
It's not really flat, but it can seem that way after spending most of the day  riding in the mountains.  Highway 10 runs between Walsenburg and La Junta,  Colorado.
 

   
A nice trip.  You cannot go wrong spending a few days in New Mexico.
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« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2017, 10:48:48 am »

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« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2017, 12:46:13 pm »

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« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2017, 04:45:06 am »

Great photos. So much good riding and amazing scenery in Northern NM and Southern CO -- and so little traffic Smile


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« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2017, 10:32:46 am »

Great ride my friend, thanks for sharing!!!  Bigsmile
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« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2017, 09:47:32 am »

Awesome, as always. Thumbsup
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« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2017, 03:24:33 pm »

awesome pics ... wish I could get out west more often...
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