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.
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…
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.
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.
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…
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…
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.
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…
If you liked this ride post, you may checkout the other post from this ride below…
- Introduction to our Motorcycle Ride (5000+ Miles In 17 Days)
- Day 1 of 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Georgetown, TX to Canyon, TX 458 Miles)
- Day 2 of 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Canyon, TX to Ft. Sumner, NM 173 Miles)
- Day 4 of My 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Eagar to Payson 231 Miles)
- Day 5 of My 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Payson to Cameron 222 Miles)
- Day 6 of My 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Cameron to Grand Canyon to Cameron 130 Miles)
- Day 7 of My 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Cameron to Panguitch 287 Miles)
- Day 8 of My 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Panguitch to Ogden 287 Miles)
- Day 9 of My 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Ogden to Jackson 235 Miles)
- Day 10 of My 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Jackson to Gardiner 203 Miles)
- Day 11 of My 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Gardiner to Great Falls 226 Miles)
- Day 12 of My 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride
- Day 13 of My 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Great Falls to Billings 402 miles)
- Day 14 of My 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Billings to Spearfish 332 miles)
- Day 15 of My 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Spearfish to Alliance)
- Days 16 & 17 of My 5000+ mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Alliance to Home)
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- Big Bend National Park Motorcycle Ride April 2007
I hope we see you down the road somewhere… Ride safe…