Nine day loop ride from Albuquerque with overnight stops in Socorro, Silver City, Tombstone, Globe, Campe Verde, Williams, Cameron, and Gallup. The trip included sections of the CDR, AZBDR, NMBDR, and the Great Western Trail. I only took a few pictures the entire trip. Here is one of us fixing a flat tire in the Dragoon Mountains: Here is a report and tracks from last year’s trip which was similar: http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/nm-az-grand-canyon-south-loop.1068620/ Here is a brief summary of highlights of each day. Day 1 Abq to Socorro. This is a route we take often. We had time to do the 4th of July Canyon loop including the primitive north option. We hit a couple of fun primitive roads off the main roads in the BLM area east of Socorro. Day 2 Socorro to Silver City. Nice rides thru the San Mateo mountains including Monica Cabin and FR 220. Chloride Creek was in good shape, but we were tired at the end and still had to do the CDR route to Mimbres. Day 3 Silver City to Tombstone. Nice forest ride west from Silver. Then desert the rest of the day. This was our first ride down the Whitlock Valley. Not spectacular, but a nice ride thru new territory. We did a really fun primitive road along the north edge of the Chiricauhaus. Day 4 Tombstone to Globe. Great ride thru the Dragoon Mountains, then an interesting ride across the roadless Wilcox Playa dry lake bed. The ride was okay, but not nearly as good as the dry lake beds in Nevada. We wanted to do a primitive road into Globe, but it was too late and too hot. We lost some time dealing with a couple of flat tires. Day 5 Globe to Camp Verde. The road into Young was much slower going and primitive than I had planned on. We had to skip one of the main goals of the trip which was to explore the roads north of the Rim road on the Mogollon Rim. If I had to do it over again, we would have taken 288 to Young. On the other hand two of the guys hadn’t ridden the Rim road. And the western section between 260 and 87 was a fun, spectacular ride since it hugs the edge of the Rim nearly all the time. Day 6. Camp Verde to Williams. We stuck to the Great Western Trail. We tried to take a road directly into Jerome. But there was a sign saying the road was closed 6 miles ahead. The road was rocky with lots of turns and we didn’t want to have to turn back. So we took a bailout down to Cottonwood. We ran into a pretty tough uphill ledge north of Perkinsville. I knew it was there since we went down it a few years ago. We had one fall and had to push one bike up it. But it was only a minor irritation. We got to Williams in mid-afternoon, which is early for us. We stayed in downtown Williams which was much nicer than the chain motels by the freeway. Lots going on within walking distance. Day 7 Williams to Cameron. Again we stuck to the Great Western Trail. This one of my favorite rides with lots of fun, fast, easy primitive roads thru the forest. We took a side trip up to Moran Point Overlook of the south rim of the Grand Canyon. You can get in out of the National Park at the Grandview entrance on a dirt road with any lines or paying a fee. We had rainstorms around us nearly all day, but only got hit with a few sprinkles. We went over Gray Mountain. This has spectacular view on the north side, and some fun challenging riding going down the south side. Day 8 Cameron to Gallup. This is the third time we have done this ride across the Navajo reservation. It is wide, fast dirt roads with occasional sandy arroyo crossings. Scenery is a little bleak, but beautiful in its own way. We ran into rainstorms along the way and detoured down to Dilkon for gas. And, due to rainstorms, we gave up on the dirt road the final way into Gallup and took pavement around thru Window Rock. Day 9 Gallup to Albuquerque. This was a complete bust as far as the dirt ride plan went. It rained all night and there was rain all around us. We just took the I-40 frontage road back. This is the third year in a row that we got rained out of the ride thru the Zuni Mountains between Gallup and Grants.