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By Bovineguy (7 McR Points) on Feb 17, 2015

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eiesch
96 McR Points
March 31, 2020
Nice road, a bit straight, but has lots of…
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Written Directions

The route is SR14 from Sante Fe down south to I-40 (just past Cider Crest). To start from the north, take exit 276 from I-25 as you come into Santa Fe, take 599 south to SR14 and head south. To start from the south, from I-40 take exit 175 just east of Tijeras and go north towards Cider Crest.

Scenery

New Mexico's Turquoise Trail (State Road 14) goes from just south of Santa Fe to just east of Albuquerque. You will drive past the New Mexico Penitentiary where the riot happened in 1980. About 14 miles from Santa Fe you will come to Madrid, NM where the movie Wild Hogs was filmed. Stop at the Mine Shaft and have a burger, you owe it to yourself, they are awesome. As you continue south you will pass to the east of the Sandias, you will have some easy curves, the views on both sides of the road are stunning to say the least. You will see a lot of bikers along the way.

Drive Enjoyment

This is a good road all the way, you have to really slow down in Madrid as the road is really narrow and there are usually a lot of people walking through the village. There is parking on the south end of town around the Mine Shaft.

Tourism Opportunities

Lots of food and drink in Madrid. Personally I don't drink and ride at all, but you will find micro brew beers mix drinks, cokes, coffee just about anything you want somewhere in Madrid.

Motorcycle Road Additional info

This 45 mile road can easily be turned into a full day trip that is lots of fun. Visit some of the shops and talk to some of the people in Madrid, they are all friendly and watch out for John Wayne at the Mine Shaft, he's quite a character.

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eiesch
March 31, 2020
96 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Adventure Touring
Nice road, a bit straight, but has lots of tourist opportunities. Galleries and restaurants from Madrid on south.
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