I'm going to be taking a swing thru eastern AZ in late May on a circuitous route to Mt. Rushmore from Houston.
Not sure if we'll do this on the way up or the way back.
If we do it on the way up, we'll enter AZ on I-10 and exit either on I-40 or go northheast thru NM to I-40 west of Albuquerque. And the flip side if we do it on the way back.
No idea on the good rides. Just looking at a map, we're thinking about the following routes:
A) US70 from Lordsburg, NM up to Clifton, then north on US191 to Springerville where we would catch US60 northeast to Quemado and up to I-40.
B) US70 from Lordsburg to Globe, AZ, then north on US60 to AZ61 to St. John's and then north on US191 to I-40.
If you have other suggestions please post them. We just can't go much further west than that because of time considerations. Gotta be in SantaFe to meet up with some other riders for the treck to Rushmore and we have 2 1/2 days to travel the miles from Houston.