Riding the Continenal Divide

Craig Littlefield

October 2013

Adventure Cycling has developed a bicycle ride that goes from the Canadian border in Montana to the Mexican border in New Mexican. The 6th and final leg goes from Pie Town New Mexico to Antelope Springs New Mexico. I thought it would be fun to follow the route on our motorcycles.  Joining me was Len Robbins and Jeffery Mayger. We were all on R1200GS motorcycles. We planned to start in Antelope Springs and go north.

We left Tucson early on August 20 stopping in Wilcox for breakfast. We took I10 turning south on NM 80 and then over NM 9 to Hachita.

Jeffery was on reserve and we thought we could buy gas there. No stations. We stopped a Border Patrol car and asked if there was gas in Antelope Wells. He said the was NOTHING in Antelope Wells and the closest gas was 50 miles north on I10. As the road to Antelope Wells was all paved we decided to skip that part of the route and head north to I10, gas and some dirt roads.

We left I10 between Deming and Lordsburg and headed north toward Silver City on a dirt road. There was no one out there. The country is stark but beautiful. It would sometimes be hard packed dirt and then turn to foot deep loose sand. None of us liked the sand but we found that by going fast enough we could glide over the top of it. If we slowed down the bikes bogged down and it got scary and very hard work.

We stopped at the Tyone open pit mine reclamation south of Silver City

Jeffery went to the KOA to camp for the night and Len and I stayed at the Rodeway Inn. My room was my favorite type of room where my bike was right by the front door.

The next morning we went north on NM 15 and then east on NM25 before going to dirt on Forest Road 150. The next 150 miles were dirt. The first part was over some mountain ranges and down into canyons. The road was sometimes dirt, sometimes gravel and sometimes rocky. It was forest with large pine and fir trees.

After about 50 miles it turned to large open country. There was wide open spaces and big skies.

We never made it to Pie Town. it was another 40 miles of dirt and it was getting late. When we met NM 12 and asphalt I pumped up my tires and we headed to Alpine for the night.

The next day we had planned to take 191 home but instead we decided to go through Show Low, east on 262 toward Payson and then south to Young. We stopped south of Young to see Len's property in Rose Creek

Len said his thermometer got to 117 degrees on the way home. it was a little warm.

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