Ride to Alamogordo NM

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. 

The second day can be found here.

The third day can be found here.

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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.

 

One comment

  1. Bill says:

    From Baltimore – Alamogordo “home” – U picked a good restruarant to eat at, though founding owners don’t cook any more. They used to be at 14th & White Sands or 15th & White Sands – quite small, but the best Tex-Mex in all the SW. Now since they moved over to 1st St., their quality has fallen ever so slightly. But if you want hot (season) food, they have it.

    Other than a 9 or 10 year hitch teaching in Albuquerque, my brother still (from 1957) lives in Alamo. I don’t care much for the town, though I lived there almost 16 years. The Sacramentos are quite pretty & on a scooter, you really have a nice ride through them. Once on the planes, I guess it will get a little boring.

    I wonder if going one way or the other to Carlsbad, you swung down south around the Guadalupe Mts? (Which you would have had to go through EP, which is the arm pit of TX.)

    I always look forward to your postings. Some day, you are going to come up with a town I haven’t been in, and for that you’ll get a prize. If you ride you scooter much through the Gila, then you’ll have me there. About 6 months before I was married (but with my future wife, of now 39 years, on a chilly (below freezing) day, riding up on a Yamaha 350 twin, we found a cozy hot spring on a small state road on the east size of the Gila. Candle light and a couple hour soak was great. One of my brothers was riding with us, but I don’t remember which one, nor do I remember what scooter he had. It must have been Easter time, for us to be that far away from school at NMHU.

    Looking forward to EVERY ONE OF YOUR POSTINGS!! Keep up the great work.

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