Travelling Route 66 – Diary Day Five
By: Tony Carter
St Ives biker Steve Ford and his wife Alison are completing their dream trip of Route 66 on a Harley five years earlier than planned, courtesy of the Bennetts Biking Dream 80th anniversary campaign. We’ll be bringing you regular updates from their trip...
Yesterday was recovery day, not from the riding but the altitude took its toll on both of us, headaches on top of a cold!! Today, as we moved away from Santa Fe, the clamp on the head subsided, yippee!!
After watching the weather forecast the night before we were bracing ourselves for some high winds sweeping west across New Mexico. In particular those heading along today’s route via Bernalillo, Albuquerque, Los Lunas, Mesita, Budville and Grants.
We set off early today to try and avoid getting caught up in any possible adverse weather, fortunately our plan paid off, apart from some light rain 20 minutes west of Santa Fe. Bernalillo was first up for the Ali and Steve ride by, giving an intro flavour to Route 66 New Mexico style. Albuq was not a place we had planned to stop as it’s a big sprawling city, so it was along the Historic Route 66 (Central Avenue) and over the Rio Grande we plodded into the Navajo wilderness passing numerous Indian Reservations.
The 66 is, when not part of an Interstate, a real joy to be on, especially the single carriageways which wind up and down and round the bends, a true bikers’ delight. The scenery was awe inspiring with the plains interrupted by the rock formations, not quite as mountainous as the Rocky Mountains, jutting out like the nose of an old steam train.
I was looking forward to stopping at Budville on the old route with its alleged population of 10 and the old Budville Trading Co. It was truly out there on its own and you can visualise the trading post full of life in its heyday.
Next on the agenda was the Continental Divide at 7295ft above sea level where the water flows towards the Atlantic Ocean on one side of the Divide and the Pacific Ocean on the other.
It was then a short sunny ride into Gallup to our hotel.
Keep an eye on www.bennettsbikingdream.co.uk for updates or follow Bennetts on Facebook and Steve on Twitter
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