Day 3 of My 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Ft. Sumner to Eagar, NM 343 Miles)

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Today’s ride route down US 60

Today is day 3 of my 5000+ mile, 17 day motorcycle ride. Two days ago, I met my riding buddies, Larry T. and Larry A. (the Larry’s) in Canyon, Texas. Today we continue our ride down US 60. The start of today’s ride looks a lot like yesterday. More miles of flat and straight highway paralleling the BNSF railroad with freight trains hauling tons of freight through miles and miles of ranch land with mountains in the distance.

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BNSF Freight Train off US 60

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Riding US 60 in New Mexico

The scenery has been steadily changing from flat, treeless landscape with mountains in the distance to occasional trees while winding through the valleys between the mountains. As the day progressed the temperature kept climbing… We were hoping as we continued to climb in altitude it would bring cooler weather…

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Doing minor repairs in Lemitar New Mexico

183 miles down the road we did make an unscheduled pit stop at Lemitar, NM. Larry A. was having issues with the heel toe shifter on his HD Limited, so we stopped for gas and he tightened a bolt that had come loose. With the temperature climbing, it was a welcome rest stop to rehydrated and visit with other riders before heading on down the road.

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Pie-O-Neer in Pie Town, New Mexico

Our only stop, other than gas, snacks and rest, is lunch at Pie Town, New Mexico. Pie Town is located on the Continental Divide at an altitude of almost 8,000 feet. Pies have been sold in Pie Town on and off since it was settled in the late 1920’s, when Clyde Norman enjoyed making pies and shared them with locals and people passing through. The town applied for a post office 10 or so years later. The government wanted a more formal name, but Pie Town stuck. Getting to Pie Town things were few and far between, but when we were at the Pie-O-Neer, we felt like we were in the middle of everything. Lots of people like ourselves stopping for lunch, and of course, everyone had to try the pie. There were so many pie choices it was hard to decide. The green chile was great, but the apple pie was even better. The wait staff was friendly and eager to fill us in on some of the history of Pie Town. Beside the food and pie, they have other items for sale to commemorate your visit to Pie Town.

 

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Pie-O-Neer in Pie Town

If you are in the area you must bring your appetite and stop. Anyone who knows me, knows I’m all about pie and this town is all about pie… What a perfect match…

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Pie in Pie Town, NM

From Pie Town it was a short 72 mile ride down US 60 just across the state border to Eagar, AZ. At 7080 feet elevation it was a bit cooler, but was warmer than expected. All of our days riding have been above average temperatures so far. When planning our ride, I looked at the average temperature all along our route for June and they were very mild. It appears everywhere on our route is experiencing a heat wave. So much for planning…

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Riding to Eagar, AZ down US 60

Eagar is located in “Round Valley”. They say to leave town in any direction, you must go up. Eagar is the home of the Round Valley Ensphere, the first domed high school football stadium in the world. Tomorrow, I plan to ride over to have a look at the stadium. I’ve seen it from the outside before, but I’m hoping I can get a look inside. I’m a bit curious how it is constructed…  Eagar, with a population of 4750, is a quaint little bedroom community.  It was Incorporated in 1948, so it is a new community.

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Riding down US 60 to Eagar, AZ

Tomorrow we continue our ride to Ft. Apache, Kinishiba Indian Ruins and through the Salt River Canyon to Globe, AZ. From Globe we will leave US 60 and head to Payson, AZ for the night. Come follow along on our ride… Hope we see you down the road somewhere. Ride safe…

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I hope we see you down the road somewhere… Ride safe…

8 responses to “Day 3 of My 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Ft. Sumner to Eagar, NM 343 Miles)

  1. I love road trips and enjoy reading the details of your adventures. It’s the next best thing to going myself. Thanks for posting.

  2. Think we have to put Pie Town on our towns to go and partake. Love following your ride. 😉

    • Thanks Diane, for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment. I will always stop in Pie Town… It’s that good and the people are even better…

    • Thanks Diane, for stopping by and commenting. We will always stop in Pie Town for the pie and the great people who live and work there…

  3. Planning to head out West next year. Pie Town is on the list. Thanks for sharing the secret!

    • Thanks Bob, Pie Town is a must stop. I haven’t ate pie I didn’t like and these are some of the best. Be sure to check their website for their hours. We drove through there once and they were closed… Rode safe…

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