Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Interstate Exits: New Mexico KML File

This is the eleventh and final map in the series about Interstate Exits in the western U.S. – whew!

New Mexico is by no means the least of the western states, but it is one with the fewest submitted offroad trail maps. I've never had the pleasure to ride in the state, nor have we had many submitters from there. A trend we'd like to change.

This is one of the "four corner" western states with Colorado, Utah and Arizona. It's a state where humans are outnumbered by… well… pretty much EVERYTHING! With only 12 people per square mile it's hard not to be.

It has the lowest water to land ratio of any of the fifty states, yet: 25% of it is forested, it has the largest of all the states' national forests (Gila), seven national forests and it is where "Smokey the Bear" was found trapped in a tree after his forest home burned to the ground.

It has the "White Sands" national rocket testing facility which took us to the moon; the Los Alamos and Alamogordo facilities which won us the war with Germany and Japan; the single place in the world where a vein of silver was so pure that you merely needed to slice a piece off; and, the most well preserved Native American artifacts in the whole of the world! Not even to mention Carlsbad Caverns.

Its citizens have a fond place in their hearts for the yucca, pinion pine, black bear, roadrunner, cutthroat trout, chili/frijol and turquoise; because they have selected them as their state's flower, tree, animal, bird, fish, vegetable and gem.

New Mexico Interstates

What the "government roads" lack in number they make up for in mileage in this state. Two interstates completely bisect the state and another has its "headwaters" there.

I-25 transects the state from north to south from Colorado, near Trinidad, to Old Mexico, near Cuidad Juarez. I-40 does the same thing only in the other direction: east-west, between Texas, near Glenrio and Arizona, near Lupton.

I-10 speeds on its merry way westward from I-25 at Las Cruces into Arizona near San Simon.

Free Google Earth File

The free Google Earth file for New Mexico interstate exits is available at: Google Earth Trail FileOffroading Home on the specialty map resource page. Click to arrive at the page and select the New Mexico map. It is a .kml file that is utilized by Google Earth. You can either save the map on your computer or click "open" to have it open directly inside Google Earth.

Learn A Little More

Ok, I don't know who Bob Stromberg is, and you probably don't either, but he is fairly unique as comedians/shadow puppeteers go. A bit warped, but unique. I'll save another clip I found of him for a later date – this one, as you will see, will be quite enough for one showing.

Amazing Hand Shadow by Bob Stromberg featuring Ken Davis


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