Albuquerque –Socorro – Reserve – Safford – Tombstone
The ride was 439 miles with about 8 hours of ride time.
Thursday July 18, 2013
The sun was just starting to rise as we prepared to start on our cross country trip. It was overcast and cool, so cool I had to wear a sweatshirt. It was strange for my hands to get cold in July even with my gloves on. I’m not complaining it’s always better cool then hot.
We rode south on I 25 to Socorro, stopped for gas and then went west on US 60. There was construction and we were stopped for a few minutes near the intersection for Water Canyon.
We hit the VLA about 10 miles before we turned on to NM 12. Every time I see these giant dishes pointed at the sky, looking to expand our knowledge I’m fill with wonder.
The overcast day provided amazing views as we went south on NM 12. The road was covered in gravel, making the going a little slower than normal.
We stopped in Reserve to fill up and looked at the sculpture of Elfago Baca. This was a very interesting man, the Billy Jack of his day.
We rode south US 160, then started west on NM 78. NM 78 was a great ride, it took us across some rolling plains and down into a wooded valley where we crossed into Arizona.
We went south on US 191 for about 50 miles today, we will re-ride this stretch of road going north tomorrow. When we got into Tombstone we went the the Tombstone Court House Museum.
Then we walked to the Crystal Place for a late lunch.
After eating we stopped at one of the shops and fired a few rounds of paint loads from a revolver.
On our way back to our camp we visited Boothill.
Back at the Tombstone RV and Horse park we set up camp and started uploading our pictures.
The first day is in the books.