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Old 10-22-2012, 07:26 PM   #1
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Question From Santa Fe to LA - via I40 (hopefully NOT)

Hi all,

I might be heading out to LA this weekend and wondered if there's any way for me to avoid I-40.

Don't mind the super slab but I would like to see more with a few detours.

Taking my track / touring bike there. Hoping that the like-new M5 sport tires will last.

The 800 mile stretch could be done on Friday but don't mind leaving a day early or two.


Any suggestions would be highly appreciated!
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Old 10-23-2012, 07:46 AM   #2
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Yes there is but you would add a bunch of extra miles. Look at a Google map and do a basic "get directions". Zoom in to find all of the secondary roads and then drag the blue line around to potential routes. It will calculate your mileage and approximate drive time.
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:14 AM   #3
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Awesome, I'll try that. Still undecided whether I should go on the trip but I don't see why not to.

Still trying to figure out a safe way to transport two spares with me...
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:01 AM   #4
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Hey WB81-- We just came back from a trip to NM. Here's the route that I worked out. We left from Los Lunas:

-Los Lunas to Socorro via I-25.
-West on US 60.
-Southwest on Hiway 12. Then head towards Luna, NM.
-North on US 180/191, then at Eager, turn west on Hiway 260 to Show Low.
-Continue west on Hiway 260 to Payson, then west on 87/260 to Camp Verde.
-From Camp Verde, take I-17 south to Hiway 169, then Hiway 69 to Prescott.
-From Prescott, take Hiway 89 southwest to Hiway 71. Continue to US 60.
-From US 60, you end up on I-10. We continued on I-10 and made our way up to Big Bear via Hiway 38, and we eventually ended up on the Los Angeles Crest, Hiway 2.

I don't know if you will have the time for this route, but (except for the traffic around the Prescott area), the non-interstate roads were great. Unfortunately, it's hard to get from NM to CA without at least some interstate.

Another option would be to take I-40 all the way to Kingman, continue on I-40 until you get to the Hiway 95 cut off (for Lake Havasu), then follow Hiway 95 to Hiway 62, and take 62 to Yucca Valley. You can then take Hiway 247 and Hiway 18 until you reach I-15. From there, depending on where you need to be in LA, you can continue on I-15 or you could continue on 18, and take that to Hiway 138, and from there get on Hiway 2 for a last great set of twisties before you plunge into the depths of LA!
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1. From Santa Fe North to Chama
2. West on 64 through Shiprock to pick up 160 west.
3. 160 west to Kayenta and take 163 north through monument valley to Mexican Hat.
4. Take 261 north up the Mokee Dugway to 95 north to Hanksville.
5. Turn west onto 24 through Capitol Reef NM.
6. Turn south onto 12 and ride it to Bryce Canyon/89
7. Find your way to Las Vegas and then LA.

mostly all two-lane, but just as fast as freeway. Maybe a bit cold and the passes are around 9k feet. The level is about 6k feet.
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