We leave Gallup by 7:20 getting one IH-40 to Holbrook, a 90 mile stretch of freeway that wasn’t bad due to the light traffic that early in the day. At a speed limit of 75mph the freeway portion of today’s riding is over quickly before we settle into the standard route we used to take from Albuquerque when we were house hunting and building in AZ. Holbrook to Heber, then Payson and home.
It’s the official byline of the state. New Mexico scenery and variety is little known and underrated. Like Arizona, it features deserts in the south and south east, to the Gila National Forest in Silver City, more forests and ski areas around Taos to scenic routes like Route 96 from Abiquiu Lake to Cuba.