Santa Fe

30May12

We arrived in Santa Fe via the Railrunner from Albuquerque on Saturday May 19th. We can’t say enough good things about this service-they are so welcoming to cyclists and there is space in the front of every car for bicycles. There was a bit of confusion when the train was loading in ABQ, the station isn’t manned so all the anticipating passengers sort of mill about confused. The locals call the Railrunner the “thunder chicken”. While on the train every time it stopped it made a sound like the roadrunner from looney toons over the speakers.

Thunder Chicken

We got off the train right in Railyard Park, adjacent to an REI. Debi ran in a got a Santa Fe bike map and some snacks. We had a little time to kill beofre meeting up with our friend Mat and Julie. We located their home on the bike map and took the long way there checking out some bike paths.

Perfect, the Rail and the Trail

Staying a few days with Julie and Mat was terrific. They recently relocated from Northern Vermont to Santa Fe. We knew them from Vermont, but due to busy schedule we never got together. We’re so glad that we could connect with them now. We shared delicious meals, a fantastic annular eclipse, art, mountain biking-Dale Ball trails and La Tierra, yoga, and conversation. Their pups Che Che, Occy and Guadalupe were fun to be around. A shout out to The Broken Spoke bike shop for being so helpful too.

Che Che, Occy and Guadalupe holding down the couch

Mat, Julie and Debi at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

Sign from exhibit at museum-we agree

After finishing the rest of Season 4 of Breaking Bad-huge thanks Julie! We left Thursday morning May 24th with a destination of Bandelier National Monument, about 50 miles away. Julie and Mat recommended stopping at Tesuque to check out Shidoni Foundry and Sculpture Park. We took their advice and had a beautifu picnic lunch in the middle of the park.

Nice place for a picnic, bike and table under the tree

Bryan blends in to the sculpture

show me the way

Nice photo by Bryan at Shidoni Sculpture Park

Skull sculpture

Goodbye Santa Fe, we’ll be thinking of you!

Next post is all about Bandelier National Monument.

Peace,

Debi and Bryan

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