The Grasslands Hunt
This is a great ride. It was about 290 miles from Santa Fe Harley-Davidson and once you get off I-25, at exit 345 or NM 104, you enter the grasslands of Northern New Mexico. We seem be known for mountains and fly-fishing and hiking and other outdoor fun, but we do have huge areas of grazing land. Now you might think that an area called the grasslands would be a boring place to ride through, but it’s really pretty cool. Check it out…
Taking NM Route 104 from Las Vegas, you’ll he towards Trementina, but don’t turn at the sign. If you do, you’ll miss our first photo-op at the abandoned school. It’s at the intersection of 419 & 104. This pic will earn you 25 points. After you snap your picture, head on down 419.
The Canadian River . . . in New Mexico? This is the first crossing of the Canadian you’ll do. Park on the wrong side of the road and take the pic while facing north, and make sure I can see the water, I love water. This pic will also earn you 25 points.
The ruins near the river and are a bonus pic. You find this and you get 10 more points! Now you head towards Mosquero NM for your next photo-op.
Mosquero NM is a painted pony of a town. Empty buildings with various graphics painted on the store fronts that give the town appearance of life. This pic is an easy find, so 15 points on this one.
This tells a story of Mosquero’s cattle history. The brands from the area are many and fun to guess the ranches they represent. The Headquarters is a good place to eat if you’re here when it’s open. Oh yeah, this pic is another easy one, so only 15 points!
Leaving Mosquero, head west to the booming metropolis of Roy. ( HELPFUL HINT: They do have gas here, you just have to find the place. Regular grade only, but it’s better than pushing the bike.) Your photo-op is right at the intersection of 120 & 39. NM 120 is your path to the second crossing of the Canadian River. This one is a 20 pointer!
This one’s too easy! 10 points. Stop and read it, you’ll enjoy it.
Scenic view picture. You’ll have to be alert to catch this one. Lucky for you, this whole hunt is on roads that are so lightly traveled, you have to wonder if they go days without seeing a vehicle. That sign on the right is your best clue. 30 points
The bridge over the Canadian River, take 2! 10 points, too easy.
I’ve been here before and never have cars on the street, not this time. Wagon Mound is not a ghost town, but the old main drag sure gives the impression of one. Because you have to park in the middle of the street for this picture, 30 points. Now, go get gas, trust me!
And you thought the previous one was the last one. Two stations in town, but you need to go here for the extra 15 points. Game over for today, now enjoy the rest of your day!
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