Youve seen the mountains of New Mexico, and the centerline of your tires needs some wear to catch up to the sidewalls. This is it. The badlands. You will pass alkali flats and the northern terminus of the White Sands Missile Range near the Trinity Site, location of the first atomic bomb detonation. They chose this place well. A breakdown here without water would be a mistake. But, in a bleak sort of way, the trip is beautiful. Fill your fuel tank and water bottle, and roll that right handgrip. Be sure to stop in San Antonito at the Owl Cafe. Possibly the best cheeseburger youll ever flood your arteries with.