Monday, May 23, 2011

Santa Fe Satisfies Small Town Historic Pride Seekers

The picturesque Plaza Square is the heartbeat of historic Santa Fe, and the destination for our New Mexico ride which began from our doorstep at the Santa Fe Skies RV Park.
First thing this morning our host at the "Skies" whipped out a huge map of the area and proudly pointed to several routes that would meet our criteria...except distance.  In the end he cobbled together the Arroyo de Los Chamisos Trail, the Rail Trail and a honeycomb of surface streets to get us out and back in 50k.  It worked.  Mind you the urban streets and thoroughfares are as tricky and stressful as any city's - complete with blocks of lane closures and major excavations - but the dedicated bike trails like the one above were first rate. Moreover, at every crossing of a surface street the automobiles  stopped and gave cyclists the right of way. No exceptions. No huhu. I think they invented "Share the Road" in Santa Fe!

Things that make you go "Huh?" in Santa Fe.
Anton Yelchin, Willem Dafoe, Addison Timlin and a whole bunch of Hollywood magic makers shooting scenes for Dean Koontz's "Odd Thomas" on location in Plaza Square.  The oddest thing? Almost no gapers.  Visitors were more interested in sightseeing, shopping and dining. Go figya.

Tomorrow is Hump Day for BikerBuck and Mr.Nick's 21 day adventure. Happily we've completed 6 rides with 5 more planned before we bid adieu to our Mobile Mansion in Vancouver on June 3. In the morning we head for Montrose, CO, followed by Moab, UT; Jackson, WY; Missoula, MT; Hiawatha Trail, ID; and back to YVR.  We've logged some 2500 miles so far, reckon this will be a 5,000 mile trip.  Oh, for the inner CPA in you, our diesel fuel has ranged from about $4.04 to $4.69 per gallon and we're getting about 13.5 mpg.

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