The Road to Carson (+Video)

the road from the Taos Junction Bridge up to Carson

There’s a vehicle in this photo if you can spot it

Presented for your edification and amusement, at least a portion of New Mexico State Road 567 climbing the wall of the Rio Grande Gorge after crossing at the Taos Junction Bridge on the way to Carson, shot from somewhere on the Rift Valley Trail at Taos Valley Overlook. Looks straight, doesn’t it? Hahaha. I used to think this was the worst road around here until somebody drove me up the other side of the John Dunne Bridge, good God!

Meanwhile, I realized I had a video from a few years back when I was driving down SR 567—right to left looking at the photo above—so it certainly belongs here. (Longtime readers may have seen the video before.) This is a hand-held wonder shake-a-rama deal, and I also helpfully speeded up the action here and there. The soundtrack is a snippet of an old solo jam of mine on the old ES-335 12-string.

Whatever else that is, it has to be the quickest descent from the top of the gorge to the bottom not executed by base jumper or suicide victim. I’m kind of proud.

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  • Rita January 5, 2014, 9:21 PM

    Thank you. That was fun!

  • M.J. January 5, 2014, 9:39 PM

    I liked the video and the music. It reminded me of the time my husband drove my jeep cherokee to a ghost mine beyond Silverton, Colorado. It nearly shook our teeth out. The crazy things you do when you are young.

    • JHF January 5, 2014, 10:05 PM

      Glad you liked it! And I know about crazy things. Many years ago my wife actually slept in the back of our old VW bus parked at truck stops in the middle of the night. Somehow I can’t see that happening just now.

  • maria January 6, 2014, 6:08 PM

    Holy crap that’s a scary ride!

    • JHF January 6, 2014, 9:12 PM

      Yes, it’s scary even when it’s not speeded up.

  • Mesa baker January 8, 2014, 10:05 PM

    Cool! Except that it’s longer, it looks just like the road behind my house. That’s cause I live in Arroyo Hondo not too far from the John Dunn Bridge.

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