Albuquerque – Socorro – Bingham – Carrizozo – Alamogordo
Ride from Albuquerque to Alamogordo – Took I 25 south to US 380, then east on US 380 to Carrizozo, then south on US 54 to Alamogordo
Ride was 212 miles and about 3 1/2 hours riding time.
Thursday March 28, 2012
This was the first day of three day trip.
This week I was hoping to be riding to Houston, but I couldn’t take the time-off from work that was needed. So instead I’m going on a two day motorcycle camping trip with my daughter. My daughter had testing all week and no school on Friday. So I left work at 2:00 and we started for Alamogordo. She wanted to see Carlsbad Caverns and we are using Alamogordo as a stop over so we can get into Carlsbad early on Friday.
Last weekend I did an overnight by myself and it worked out great. This time I’m going for three days, two nights and hauling gear for two people.
We traveled south on I 25 gassing the bike in Socorro and then getting back on I 25 for the 10 miles to US 380. From I 25 it’s 63 miles across the desert to Carrizozo, fine this time of year, but very hot in the summer.
Several weeks back, a reader of one of my reports asked me about Bingham, it’s a small town (really just two buildings) between I 25 and Carrizozo. I told the reader I’d stop for a picture the next time I passed through.
In Carrizozo we did a gas and go and then started south on US 54. The road construction south of Carrizozo on US 54 slowed us up for about 20 miles. We made a quick stop at the giant pistachio just outside Alamogordo and got some pistachios for my wife.
We stopped and checked into our campsite and set up camp before it got dark. After everything was set up we went to dinner at Si Senor. We split their big combo plate and got some of everything including desert.
The food we had was excellent and based on our meal I would recommend Si Senor as a place to eat in Alamogordo. My favorite part of the meal was their coconut flan, it was something we had never heard of before and it was delicious.
After dinner we went back to camp and called it a night. Because my new small folding chairs haven’t yet arrived we don’t have any comfortable places to sit.