Day Two: Fountain Hills, AZ to Los Lunas, NM
Apparently there are many elk in the Apache National Forest, as indicated by this message spread across three different signs. What's it called when they do that? Anyway, I was thinking "smashed on grill"...elk burgers! Then I realized they meant the grill of your CAR.
Rebeka handed me off to Lady Biker Lynn. We met Lynn's hubby, Pete, for breakfast, got a tour of their dream home in Payson, and then Lynn lead me through the beautiful Apache National Forest on through to the NM state line. Nice to be in the cool mountains after yesterday's drive through desert hell. That was the first time that opening my face shield felt like sticking my head into a blast furnace; it was cooler keeping my shield shut tight.
With shield cracked open a bit and the pine scent filling my helmet, we leaned into the road and wicked it up. The Breva handles well through the sweepers fully loaded with gear, running in top gear right up to 7K for hours at a time.
Once into New Mexico the road straightened out and I was on my own. Check out the Very Large Array at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory: www.nrao.edu
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Routes: Rt.87; Rt.260; Rt.60; I25
Miles: Not many... Less than 500
Seat Time: 6 hours