Total distance: 283.21 mi
Download file: Day-4.gpx

 

Today’s Mileage: 283 miles

Total Trip Mileage so far: 1172 miles

 

This route from Clinton to Clayton is a lot better than the more northern routes across Kansas, etc.  There are some rolling hills and a few curves along with a good bit of greenery.  The wind is present but not in way it is further north – quite tolerable.  I am starting to see a lot of bikes returning from Sturgis, mostly Harley’s of course.  Talked to one returnee at a gas station and it turned out he had been in the air force about the same time as I and worked as a C-130 mechanic.  We swapped some stories, shook hands, and then made our ways in opposite directions with opposite choices of bikes.  I arrived in Clayton and checked into a very nice Best Western there – a great place with a friendly and helpful staff.  The restaurant recommendation was spot on, a small local mom and pop with good food and better service.  A relaxing day of riding today, tomorrow I will start heading up in elevation and the roads and weather will improve.

 

Dinner in Clayton, NM

Dinner in Clayton, NM

KTM makes a good drying rack

KTM makes a good drying rack