This weekend I had the chance to do a 3 day loop from my home in Los Alamos, NM up to the Four Corners area. Given that this was a solo trip and my wife was out of the country (and I suck at riding sand) I opted for an almost all pavement route. I need to get back up there with a few friends and check out some of the easy dirt in the area. My goal for the trip was to ride as much new ground as possible while minimizing my time on anything bigger than a 2 lane road. Day 1: Hit the road around 8:30 and road through the Jemez Mountains to San Ysidro for my first fill up of the day. Stopped for the obligatory Valle Caldera shot: And the standard shot of the bike just south of Jemez Springs: After gassing up at San Ysidro I headed north up 550 and then turned off on 297 heading W/NW towards Torreon. 297 is not the most scenic road, but you basically have it to your self: At Torreon I met up with 197 which turns into Indian Service Route 9. I followed this through a bunch small rez towns until I got to Crownpoint. No pics from this section. It was pretty windy and I was just enjoying the ride. I gassed up again and picked up a drink and a candy bar to supplement my lunch. Took my only real break of the day eating my lunch in parking lot of the Basha's grocery store in Crownpoint. From Crownpoint I continued west on Indian Service Route 9 to 491 then north up 491 to Sheep Springs. From Sheep Springs I headed West over the Chuksa Mountains on 134. This is a beautiful ride and I regret not stopping for pics. Not as dramatic as Navajo 13 over the mountains from Shiprock, but still a nice ride. I finished my day heading north on Navajo 12 through Wheatfields and Tsaile to Lukachukai. Most of this is a gorgeous ride with the Chuksa Mountains to your right. Just keep an eye out for cows and horses along the road. At Lukachukai I spent the night with my sister and her family. She is school teacher at the middle school there. Great to see her and her husband (who actually grew up in the same house on the campus when his mom taught at the school). Really miss them and it was great to spend some time together. Here is a map of day 1 (300 miles total): <iframe src="http://dualsportmaps.com/embedMap.html?id=106369" title="Four Corners Loop Day 1 -ALT" height="600" width="800"></iframe> Day 2 to come later later (probably tomorrow). More pics for day 2.