Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Livin' in a Poor Man's Shangri, La. aka New Orleans
couple of suggestions...
2627 off of 385 is a nice road with nice views. iirc. It dead ends at the border with a fence and bridge--absolutely deserted.
Big Bend is a VERY worthy destination, give yourself at least a couple of days of full day riding and exploring. I stayed at the lodge in the park. It was fine and the only game in town unless you head to Terlingua.
St Elena Canyon is definitely fine. If you want some off road, Maverick Rd presents an alternative way back to the lodge.
On the river road between BB and Presidio, there is a famous overlook, big turnout. Be careful stopping there as the slopeS of the parking area extends into multiple dimensions, making it very tricky to stop and dismount. Just be aware and you'll be fine, but it can be deceiving.
North of there are the Davis mountains and Fort Davis. The McDonald Observatory is there and worth a visit. Coupled with the interest in the big telescopes, there is a ring road around the observatory's mountain which is a famous road for it's scenery and rideability...you'll want to do it if you're that close for sure
There are a lot of roads like 285 in west and North Texas. The county and state roads are two lane, sometimes 75mph, but rarely anything but pretty straight. Still the scenery is interesting in a permian basin way. As you'd work your way east toward the middle of Texas the two lane blacktops become curvy and hilly and generally just fine!. State hwy 36 is pretty decent and if you're crossing the state, say from College Station/Bryan toward Abilene and beyond, OR look at 71-87. The area generally bounded by Austin, San Angelo, Sonora, Hondo is pretty good riding and includes Hill Country.
Coming down from Almogordo that way is fine, mostly because you'll be skirting the Guadelupe Mountains. On the SE corner of NM is a state park Sitting Bull falls, very pretty and isolated, but not on your proposed route. Carlsbad Caverns in in that vicinity also
Does the OP know Hill Country, the three sisters, etc?
Last edited by Dr. Strangelove; 14-Feb-2019 at 08:05 PM (087).