Albuquerque – Mesita – Old 66 – NM 117 – NM 36 – Quemado – Pie Town – Socorro (SocorroFest)
October 08, 2011
Ride Across the Plains of San Agustin, using I-40 to Old 66, south on NM 117 to NM 36. Gassing up in Quemado and on Pie Town for lunch on US 60. Taking US 60 to Socorro and stopping in on the 9 Annual SocorroFest!
Total Miles 340
This week a cold front brought cooler weather into New Mexico, complete with snow on the Sandia mountains. While last week’s ride was in the 70s, this ride would be in the low 40s. I got up early and dug up my cold weather gear and rode over to the Denny’s off I-25 (the meeting spot for this AMRG ride).
The morning sky was filled with hot air balloons from the balloon festival, they filled the freeway with distracted cagers, filling me with fear.
Mike was the leader of this AMRG ride and he got us started at 9:00 as planned. We took I-40 west out of Albuquerque for about 45 miles to exit 117. After exiting from the Interstate we make a quick left on to Old 66 (SR 124). The next 20 miles on Old 66 is spectacular, if you find yourself riding across New Mexico on I-40 make this small detour.
We stopped and gassed up at the crossroads on NM 117 and SR-124 before starting south on NM 117.
We made a quick stop about 17 miles south at the Arches for some pictures, then it was on NM 36. After turning left onto NM 36 we rode the 20 miles into Quemado and gassed up.
After filling up we headed east on US 60 to Pie Town and lunch.
We stopped at Pie-O-Neer for lunch, it’s a small place, but they got us fed pretty quickly. It’s no surprise that the Pie-O-Neer is known for their pies. If you bring a group down for some pie call 575-772-2711 and let them know you’re coming so they can have the pies ready.
After lunch we started east on US 60 across the Plains of San Agustin.
After passing Datil we came to the “Very Large Array” it’s an astronomical radio observatory. It’s really an amazing place and they give tours, for more information here is their web site– http://www.vla.nrao.edu/
After Magdalena it was just 20 miles into Socorro and the SocorroFest!. The SocorroFest! had a good crowd, there was music, beer, wine and food. The people seemed to be in party mood with some folks dancing throughout the park.
The group split up in Socorro, I filled up and started for home. Some of the others went off to try some Green Chile Apple beer.
I headed north I-25 for the last 80 miles back to my house. The traffic was light and I made good time, with no tickets. The day was cool but the ride was perfect, it was a great group of riders. Enjoyed the ride–the company and even the weather.