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Posted: 6/5/2008 4:53:29 AM EDT
Assistance please.

I'm going north through New Mexico this Saturday---destination Alaska.

It looks like I can save about 85 miles by taking US 54 instead of I 25.  Avoiding that big turn east, near Albuquerque.

Is US 54 a good, speedy, option?  Or should I stick with I 25.

Thanks in advance

Cross posted into NM Hometown forum.
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 3:34:16 PM EDT


Looks like I'm leaving Friday now.
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 4:35:10 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 10:13:18 PM EDT

Quoted:
Stick with I-25.

54 gets real rural.  As in, you breakdown, run out of gas, etc you may be SOL for a long while especially considering your phone won't work much of the time.

I-25 has much more options for food, gas, help, etc.
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Also posted in your other thread.


What he said.  It gets rural even by NM standards.  It is much prettier a trip though.  Once you get north of Alamogordo, there aren't much more than a few stop and robs at a few crossroads until you get out of the mountains at the north end of the route.  24 is freeway, 54 is 2 lane road. Much slower.
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 10:18:58 PM EDT
Watch out for those darn skinwalkers.
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 10:22:52 PM EDT
If you are traveling 54 by day it's the faster route to go.  If you are going through the area at night, definately stay on I-25.  US54 is one lane each way quite a bit of the way and you don't want to be traveling it at night.  I live in El Paso and am very familiar with both routes.  I go to Colorado often and stick to I-25 if traveling at night.
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 10:24:19 PM EDT
I25 is less rural, but which is more scenic?  I'm heading down there soon and have plenty of time for an interesting drive (during daylight)
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 10:27:56 PM EDT
Negative on I-25 it will be construction the whole way and your NM plates are a big jucy target for CSP


See the USA venture from the intrastate
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 10:28:57 PM EDT

Quoted:
I25 is less rural, but which is more scenic?  I'm heading down there soon and have plenty of time for an interesting drive (during daylight)


For scenery US54 is definately better.  Along I-25 all you will find is desert and, as you get closer to El Paso dairy farms that smell like, well, shit.  A lot of deserrt along US 54 also but once you get north of Alamogordo it cools off quite a bit and much more to look at.
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