Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Metro Phoenix, AZ
There are several fuel stops between Flagstaff and ABQ, so you will not have a problem. I believe the distance between the two is around 150 miles so you should make it without worry.
I still believe you'll shave miles and hours if you make your route through Phoenix, then up to Payson, then take 260 to Heber, 277/377 to Holbrook, then jump on I40 there. The pine country there is beautiful and easily many fuel stops. I take that route when I must use I40 to cross the country. It saves at least an hour going up to Flagstaff and over. And since SD is southwest of Phoenix, it makes the most sense going through PHX on the way.
If your're interested, the following route will save time, minimize traffic, and provide plenty of gas stops:
Use I8 east to AZ84 (south of Maricopa), AZ84 north 12mi to AZ377. AZ377 north through Maricopa to I10. I10 west (technicly its I10W but you're traveling north at this point) to US60 East. US60 east to AZ87 (aka Country Club Ave). AZ87 north to Payson, then the route I described above. I recommend leaving in the early morning so you've crossed the deserts in southwest AZ before noon. Once you hit Phoenix, the rest of your run will be quite nice.
Oh, and bring plenty of fluids with you. Riding long distances on a MC can make you dehydrate without warning. In AZ the persperation evaps off your skin before it gets a chance to pool so you're not aware of water loss until you begin to get in trouble. If you feel dizzy at anytime or if your skin becomes cool to the touch, drink water. If you bring fluids with you and sip along the way, you'll never have a problem.
Metro Phoenix, AZ