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Connecting ACA Routes / Southern Tier to Trans Am via Santa Fe Trail
« on: October 15, 2009, 12:02:10 am »
I just linked the Southern Tier to the Trans Am by following Old Route 66/Hwy 25 north to Santa Fe where I took the Santa Fe Trail (Cimmaron cutoff) to Dodge City.

My exact route was:

Southern Tier from San Diego to Globe;
Hwy 60 from Globe to Show Low (not recommended - 65 miles between services/9200' of climbing)
Hwy 70 from Show Low to Holbrook
Old Route 66/I-40 from Holbrook to Albuquerque (good route - Best after Continental Divide staying on Old Road)
Old Route 66/I-25 from Albuquerque to Santa Fe (good route)
Santa Fe Trail/I-25 from Santa Fe to Springer (good route)
Santa Fe Trail/Rte 56 from Springer to Dodge City, KS

The longest section without services was 50 miles from Gladstone, NM to Clayton, NM. Plenty of campsites along the way.

I would recommend staying on the Southern Tier until you hit I-25 then head north.

ACA should look at adding the Santa Fe Trail to it's list of routes. Lots of history. Good towns along the way.

This would be a good early season west-east start to the Trans Am bypassing snow in the western passes. Alternatively in reverse a good late season option going east-west if snow hits the Rockies early.

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