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Bicycle Travel => Routes => Topic started by: ChrisLS on May 19, 2013, 05:10:01 pm

Title: A Brit in New Mexico
Post by: ChrisLS on May 19, 2013, 05:10:01 pm
I will be riding out of El Paso, Texas to Santa Fe, New Mexico in July...any advice for a visiting Brit cyclist would be most welcome. Thanks in advance. :)
Title: Re: A Brit in New Mexico
Post by: mcparsons on May 19, 2013, 07:44:48 pm
1.  We ride on the right hand side.
2.  It will be hot.   ;)
Title: Re: A Brit in New Mexico
Post by: Pat Lamb on May 19, 2013, 09:07:37 pm
In addition to mcparsons words of wisdom, look at a map.  The towns you see will be the only sources of potable water.  Load up!
Title: Re: A Brit in New Mexico
Post by: bobbys beard on May 20, 2013, 08:18:26 pm
from one brit to another, i recommend you take a compass. saved me a lot of time on junctions without signage.

and yes,  it will no doubt be hot so make sure you carry plenty of water. 

enjoy :)
Title: Re: A Brit in New Mexico
Post by: roadrunner on May 24, 2013, 01:28:53 am
I assume you will generally be following the Rio Grande until you get very near Santa Fe.  Your route will approximate the old Spanish El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro (Royal Road of the Interior), which has a facinating history.  There is a lot of information about that historic route in the internet.  Here's one site

I did a bike tour from Las Cruces to Santa Fe about 5 years go.  Interstate Highway 25 follows the Rio Grande to Santa Fe.  It is legal (and safe due to wide shoulders) to ride on the interstate, but noisy and not real pleasant.  Most of the route there are paved highways parallel and not far from the interstate, some east and some west.  These roads are much more pleasant riding.  A detailed New Mexico map will show those roads.  If you're not camping, towns with motels are spaced near enough for reasonable daily rides.  There is very little civilization between Truth or Consequences and Socorro, so load up with water and snacks for that stretch.

New Mexico Highway 28 north from El Paso goes through La Mesilla, an interesting and attractive little town just south of Las Cruces.  Of course, you will find many, many good Mexican food restaurants along the entire route.

Between a bit south of Albuquerque and Santa Fe are several Indian pueblos (towns) that are interesting to visit.  In Albuquerque, a 15-mile bike trail runs along the Rio Grande.

As others have said, it will be hot; along with water, sunscreen is a must.  Long sleeved shirts may be advisable to avoid sunscreen. Just for information: Las Cruces elevation is 3,900 feet, Santa Fe elevation is 7,200 feet.

Have a great ride.
Title: Re: A Brit in New Mexico
Post by: roadrunner on May 25, 2013, 08:33:59 pm
Chris,  One thing I neglected to mention in the previous post.  Early July is the beginning of the summer monsoon season (which normally lasts through early September).  Expect short-duration, very scattered thunderstorms.  Mornings are usually clear; clouds form around noon; the storms hit in the afternoon; then the sky clears.  The storms are very locaized; one area may get drenched, while 1/4 mile away no rain falls.  If you do get caught in a storm, it will likely last maybe 15 minutes and drops the temperature nicely. The storms often create a lot of lightning, so don't take cover under an isolated tree (trees are few and far between anyway).
Title: Re: A Brit in New Mexico
Post by: staehpj1 on May 26, 2013, 08:57:44 am
I wouldn't choose that time to go, but it is a lovely state.  Have fun.
Title: Re: A Brit in New Mexico
Post by: MrBent on May 28, 2013, 09:31:58 am
There are many route options, of course, but heading up the Turquoise Trail is highly recommended.  There's NO WAY I'd do it in July, however.  I found it plenty warm in October.  Pack water, ride early and late.  Siesta in the afternoon shade--if you can find any.

Have a blast!