Salem to Albuquerque NM after rally: Route suggestions & anyone going this way?
I'll be attending my first MOA rally in Salem, riding up from San Francisco. While I've ridden between Albuquerque and Seattle a number of times via scenic routes (usually up through the Rockies to Montana then heading west), I've not ridden a route from Oregon back to Abq. Any suggestions for non-freeway routes would be much appreciated.
(I'm a newbie on this forum but have been active on our [URL="http://www.loebmwr.org/forum/index.php"]LOEBMW[/URL] & advrider forums for 6 years, and was club sec'y for a couple years until recently.)
If I were looking for a Scenic ride to Albuquerque
I would find myself in Grand Junction Colorado on IH70, then I would head south on US 50 to the town of Delta Colorado. Take Co 92 east and ride the upper road along the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Take time to look down into the canyon along the way.
Then I would rejoin US50 near the town of Sapinero and again go east until I came to Co 149. This would take me through mucho mountains and through Lake City, Creed, and along the beginning of the Rio Grande river. One of the most scenic roads I ever traveled.
Then I would join US 160 to Alamosa, at which point take US285 south to Antonito. Antonito is the northern terminal of the Cumbres and Toltec scenic railroad, which goes south to Chama New Mexico. A very scenic ride on a narrow gauge steam powered train. From Antonito I would take Colorado 17 south To Chama NM (the southern destination of the Cumbres and Toltec RR). Very scenic.
From Chama US64 will lead you to US84 near Tierra Amarilla. The more Direct route toward Albuquerque would be on US84, however for the longer more scenic route you can go east on 84, cross the Rio Grande on a beautiful old bridge, and end up in Taos NM. Taos isn't my favorite place, too crowded and kind of weird, but a lot of folks like it.
Take NM 68 south which will lead you to US285 to Santa Fe then IH25 to Albuquerque. If you are a GS type, there is a road 570 just west of the Rest Area at the bridge over the Rio Grande, that will turn to unpaved that drops you from a high plateau down to the Rio Grande River to the town of Pilar, where you can join NM68 and then to US 285 to Santa Fe.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Agreed. That road is spectacular as are the views down into the canyon.
And if you're getting there via 92 and Crawford (just north of Crawford Lake State Park), there's a great cafe on the right side of the road as you make a 90 degree turn in the highway in town.
[QUOTE=dbrick;879633]BTDT. CO149 south from US50 is just a fabulous ride.[/QUOTE]