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Thread: New Mexico's Enchanted Circle, U.S. 64

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    New Mexico's Enchanted Circle, U.S. 64

    Last autumn I rode east across northern New Mexico, enjoying the sweeping, twisting, and mostly lonely curves of U.S. 64... from Tierra Amarillo to Taos, to Eagle Nest, the Cimarron Canyon, and then to Red River and Questa. Perhaps many of you have ridden the Enchanted Circle? Wonderful, totally wonderful. Anyway, finally got around to the editing and rendering the ride vids. if you want to re-ride these roads, or see what they are like...

    Here's the map link... http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=US...&sz=11&t=m&z=9



    From A on the map heading east is a recording of U.S. 64 sweeping up and over the high and lonely Carson National Forest...



    From B on the map east to Angel Fire, is twisting U.S. 64. This is also the southern side of the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway...



    Spent the night in Eagle Nest. In the minds of more than a few, the Cimarron Canyon to the east on U.S. 64 is the finest canyon on all of New Mexico. Early in the morning I rode east though the canyon, then turned around at the "C" on the map, and with the sun at the back pressed record. It is an outstanding riding canyon...



    Then it was north on NM 38 through Red River and on to Questa. More than a few rallies declare Red River their home. This north side of the enchanted circle is worthy of your two wheels...

    Last edited by sfarson; 03-13-2012 at 04:31 PM.

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    Great road

    Road US 64 a couple times...great road. First time was in spring, end of May. Got caught in 18 inches of snow in Denver and they closed the roads west, so went south to escape.

    Road 64 from Raton west. Beautiful! Sunny and warmer in the valleys, snowing in the high country.

    I was riding my R75/5 with my brother as passenger. I was taking him from Michigan to San Jose for a summer job with our uncle. It was his first motorcycle trip. He never took another one!

    Second time was in July. Much more comfortable riding temperature wise and able to enjoy the views better. This time alone on my R100.

    Thanks for the photos and maps!
    George
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    See the latest Rider magazine for some loops in that area.

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    This is a "day ride" when headquartered at the New Mexico BMW club's annual rally.

    See http://loebmwr.org/TheRally.aspx
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