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With 45+ years of riding experience, the team has developed a library of our favorite rides in Texas and points beyond. We call them our Twisted Rides. We thought it might be a good idea to share that experience and encourage you to do the same!

We partnered with MyRoute-app, a leading provider of route planning tools, to create and share the routes. Using the map below, Users are able to view and download the routes without registering with MyRoute-app. If you would like the ability to open/edit/save the routes, the User will be prompted to register with MyRoute-app and offered two subscription levels - Basic (free) and Gold (fee dependent on subscription term and payment method). Being an avid ride planner, I prefer the Gold level for the additional features and I also believe in supporting independent software developers who invest their time and talents to create useful applications for the motorcycle industry. As a Twisted Rides referral, you receive an extended evaluation period and special pricing if you choose the Gold level - so give it a shot!

What journey is on your bucket list? Click on a ride below and we'll show you the way!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

GST Day 6 - Alamogordo to Alpine, AZ - 299 miles

We expected today to be little more than a repositioning day into Arizona. We were pleasantly surprised.

US-54 out of Alamogordo is a pretty boring, straight four-lane road, but things began to get interesting as we turned west on US-380 in Carrizozo, NM. About four miles out of town, we came upon the Valley of the Fires Recreational Area. Valley of the Fires appears to be a large burned-out area, where the rocks looked scorched from black smoke. In actuality, it is several square miles of buckled and twisted basalt lava that is more than 160 feet deep and over 45 miles long. It was formed when several volcanoes in the area erupted and the flows joined.

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As we continued across US-380, we abutted the northern boundary of the White Sands Missle Range, complete with signs indicating the road is sometimes closed during middle testing. We didn’t see any, but enjoyed the desert scenery.

In Socorro, we turned west again on US-60 and passed through Magdalena. About half-way to Datil, we saw what appeared to be many, many huge satellite dished on both sides of the highway. As we closed-in, we saw signs indicating it was a National Radio Astronomy Observatory facility. This particular facility houses the Very Large Array (VLA), which has been used to find black holes in space. VLA = Very Cool. I now wish we’d stopped to tour the small museum onsite. Oh, it’s also the location where the movie Contact was filmed.

Pic Source: Internet

Pic Source: Internet

Pic Source: Internet

Pic Source: Internet

In Datil, we turned South and eventually west on NM-12, riding through the mountains in the Gila National Forest - a beautiful road chocked full of twisties and elevation changes. Sadly, a large portion of the forest, as well as the area around Alpine, were burned in the Wallow Fire (2011) which was started by a campfire. The two men responsible were fined $3.7 million. If you’re going to play with fire...

In Alpine, we checked into the Sportsman’s Lodge, a quaint mom and pop motel run by a nice couple (Phyllis and Frank) who are also motorcycle riders. After checking-in, Phyllis brought us a little brasket with motorcycle cleaning supplies and micro fiber towels. Nice touch! The porch is complete with comfortable chairs and the view overlooks a large open meadow that usually have elk grazing in the evenings, though none appeared today.

During happy hour, we met Spencer, a BMW adventure biker who was also staying at the motel. He ended up joining us for dinner at the Alpine Grill and Still. He is from Santa Fe and rides AZ, UT, and NM extensively. He gave us some great ideas for enhancing the route around Phoenix and Flagstaff. Thank you, Spencer!

Bar at Alpine Grill

Protect the One-Eyed King Size Pecker

Bonus of the day: the temps stayed below 75* the whole way!

Tomorrow we ride the Devil’s Highway (US-191) and pick-up the wimmins in Phoenix in the evening. They will join us for the rest of the ride.

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