Mountainair, NM (yes, one word) was a short jaunt from the ruin site via gravel county roads. I was certain I could find fuel there and was dying for a redbull...I found both. After a break in the shade to review my maps, drink my redbull, and enjoy a tuna salad snack, I decided to hightail it to route 66 and west to albequerque. I was equipped to camp but it was still relatively early (about 4pm) and I wasn't about to sit around and wait for cool weather. Albequerque was my ONLY chance to stop before enduring another 150 miles of off-road fun...so I endulged myself (see pic of bike in room at top of thread)
I also walked across the street to see dukes of hazard and found it entertaining after a day of riding...and MAN Jessica Simpson makes a fantastic Daisy Duke
The next morning I headed out at daylight and passed several GS guys doing the same...the temperature was brisk and not a cloud in the sky. Today's ride would include a short backtrack up 66 and a 30 mile gravel stretch on old madera road heading north.
old madera road
If you look closely, you can see the ghost town along the creek bed. I guess this was a mining town at one point...maybe someone knows what they mine here?
Old madera road spit me out on a casino infested intersection with I25, about 8 miles south of my intended route (22N). I fueled up and made short work of the interstate stretch (a little hairball on the dr350) and ducked back into the bia system...heading north toward the Jemez mountains and dome wilderness area
Again, my map was totally wrong and showed bia19 at this intersection....the road was marked FR149. I was a little concerned because I immediately started rocky switchbacks into the wilderness and wasn't certain of my heading. Fuel is always a concern with a 2 1/2 gallon tank.
Pictures don't do this justice. This was a nice 2000' drop into the valley below