Quebec Road Warriors Riding Route 66
and Jean contacted me to create a motorcycle trip across the West on
Route 66. We spent time via Skype planning out their trip in detail.
The plan included shipping their bikes from Quebec to Las Vegas, NV.
From Las Vegas, we mapped out a detail route across the Southwest
heading toward Santa Fe, NM. The route gave them the opportunity to
experience two lane open highways, stunning landscape, National Parks,
and the wondrous Monument Valley, a personal favorite. Right from the
beginning of the ride they experienced sun, rain, snow, and fog. True
road warrior initiation!
Andre and Jean arrived in Santa Fe we spent a couple of days riding
together in the area. I shared with them several of our incredible
local two laners, including riding into the Galisteo Basin with a stop
at the Mine Shaft in Madrid. (Some of the best riding in New Mexico) Of
course a trip to the historic Santa Fe Plaza was on the list.
Route 66 went directly through Santa Fe. Old Las Vegas Highway heading
east from Santa Fe is part of the original route. The plan was for me to ride with them for two days and get them started west on Route 66. From Santa Fe we saddled up and headed east on Route 66 to Las Vegas, NM.
Las Vegas we broke from Route 66. Heading south toward Tucumcari we
rode on one of New Mexico's little known jewels, Highway 104. Dropping
off the mesa takes your breath away as you press and lean into the
curves. The road is yours. Not another car in sight. Nothing can put a
bigger smile on a biker's face. When we pulled over for a short break,
all of us were grinning ear to ear. One simple word from Andre and
Safari Motel is a Route 66 classic. Beautifully restored rooms with
beds you can really appreciate after a long day's ride. Dinner at Dels
with a cold beer and a juicy steak, another Route 66 classic. After
dinner we poured over the maps for Route 66 west. I had supplied Andre
and Jean with a special set of Route 66 maps. Many riders think Route
66 is I-40. Not true. With the right maps one can ride most of the
original Mother Road West to the Pacific. Outside the sky was aglow
with the neon of Tucumcari tonight.
sunny morning. Plenty of coffee, eggs, hash browns, sausage, and toast
at the original KIX Diner got us off to a good start on the Mother
Road. We rode the original route west from Tucumcari jumping onto short
sections of I-40 and then off again.
road through Palomas, Montoya, Newkirk, Cuervo...ghost towns of the
past. Stopping west of Santa Rosa it was time for me to head back to
Santa Fe and for Andre and Jean to follow Route 66 to the Pacific.
was a lot of fun planning the trip for them. It was even more fun to
see those oh wow moments and get to know two of our Canadian brothers.
Each night they kept me posted via text as they rode west, including a
photograph of Jean seeing the Pacific for the first time. As I say
quite often...it just doesn't get any better.
be strong, be safe, Carlan