I've been out of the ADV riding world for a year and got back in with a new 2018 FE250 recently. For the break in ride, I decided on a little day trip loop of Mount Taylor. I live in Los Lunas, about 80 miles from the start of the Loop in Grants, NM. Headed out at noon on Sunday, Oct 8th. Took HWY 6 to old Rt 66. This section parallels I 40 for maybe 10 miles. It's mostly "paved" but unmaintained for decade. HUGE potholes and some dirt usually keep the traffic away, but a slowdown on I40 must've caused some poor GPS routing as there were dozens of vehicles, semis, busses, etc crawling along at 5 mph. Blasted past, Rt66 to Grants After lunch, I headed up 547 to the first dirt section. MAN - This was fun. Fast and smooth road and 2 track, banked turns, wide open desert, then a very technical and rocky climb up the mesa. After that first bit, it was back to 547 (now unpaved) for some fast and wide gravel, a right on 453 up a really cool two track to Cerro Pilon Then continuing on up to the Mosca Lookout tower. A short descent, then another climb to this dead end near the peak: Around now (5:30 PM) I start to realize that I'm running out of daylight. I miss those 9:00PM sunsets. Better hurry up, as I have a lot more trail ahead. Then it was back down to 547 for a few miles, then left on an ATV trail (Don't remember the name). Honestly this section would've been much more fun had I not been forced to rush it. Rocky ATV trail that meandered through the woods, eventually finding FR400 and making my way down the Mountain and descending to pop out on Rt66 near San Fidel. Although maybe I bit off more than I could chew, as I've not ridden off road in some time, this ride was SO MUCH FUN. I was worried that it'd be too late in the season, but temps were absolutely perfect. I should've gotten an earlier start, but all-in-all - Amazing.