When possible like to use recent pictures and these are but all were pretty bad and most have been manipulated just so you know. They become illustrative then and gives a cheap out on taking a bunch of crappy pictures.
The route taken on these roads in this series of pictures is marked with red dots in the picture below. The numbers on the same picture (in green) below correspond to where the picture was taken on this route with that same number on the picture in the top left and that number is red. Too late now. This is a 20 mile loop all gravel except for a short stretch on the interstate.
The second picture is not numbered but is illustrative of distances driven here in the west.
To view this properly you have to click on the pictures to make them larger. That can be done twice. No animals here - I think it's pure road.
These next five pictures all look to the west covering four miles.
This is just the second time I have ever ridden on an road like this. The first was here as well. I don't like it but you bang this mile and a half out quickly and it's not too bad. There is not a road there that crosses the interstate. The next one that does is three miles further north and turns this ride into 30 miles.
This is a county road and sometimes they go through the middle of where people live.
People aren't too friendly out here but that is normal. We are actually neighbors and I know for a fact we have mutual friends. They tend to go away when you come through. I understand.
Headed south with these two landmarks for hundreds of years looming in the distance.
This is actually called The John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway. 64 miles south is the New Mexico state line.