Day 26 - 543 Miles - Santa Fe
Trip Start Jul 26, 2008
53Trip End Sep 24, 2008
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OK, might as well get this over with to start. YES we did get rained on again We were riding back from Santa Fe and hit a small 2 minute shower. It wasn't as bad as most but we did get wet. The good thing about riding the speed limit, which is 75 mph out here, is that you tend to completely dry off in the next couple of miles.
On this ride we passed through a number of Indian reservations. There was the Sioux, Utes, Navajo, Hopi, Apache and the Comanche. We were surprised by the mad spattering of government issued single wide trailers that they live in. They are dark brown and dreary looking. There were a few double wides that I suppose were for larger families. When we stopped at a restaurant / bar along Route 66 for breakfast, I asked the manager if it was always this slow as we were the only customers
The Utes actually called Pikes Peak by the name Old Bedlam. They believed that the Garden of the Gods was created by them being tortured by giants so they prayed to their god Monducea and he turned the giants into stone creating the Garden of the Gods. There are over a thousand visitors a day at each of these two sites. Going up Pikes Peak you pass through all 4 levels of Colorado's vegetation. It gets hard to breathe at 11,000 feet.
Joe and I traveled to Santa Fe next. We were trying to decide if we had time to go to Roswell but it was 500 plus miles out of our way. We talked to Mary again and she told us that we HAVE to go the five and dime on the square in Santa Fe and go to the back of the store to the snack bar and have the Frito Pie. Never even heard of it and was exciting to try. What is it? They take a 2 ounce bag of Fritos, turn it on its side and slice the side open. Then the fill the bag with chile with pinto beans. They cover the entire mess with shredded cheddar cheese. The sign said Award Winning Santa Fe Frito Pies. They were awesome! You ate it right out of the bag! So cool! I found a new item to add to my menu when I get back. I think I'll try it out at Rally on the River which is a biker event I'm doing starting the 3rd of September in Sunbury, PA.
The houses and businesses in Santa Fe were all in the Pueblo style adobe looking homes
We had a mishap as the camera mounted on the bike was shaken apart inside due to the vibrations on our trip. The battery came unsoldered and a capacitor shook loose from I don't know where. We contacted our supplier and we are having another camera shipped to us on our trip. We still do not have the software working to show the daily trips but Joe said he will add that when we get home. Then you'll be able to actually see what we saw from the bikes point of view.
We made a run of approximately 550 miles back to Colorado to Marys house at her request. That way we can recoup and, do some laundry and wait for the new camera. The idea of sitting in her hot tub is probably what kept us going. We ached all over. That last ten miles were the longest ride in history or so it felt. She had some wonderful pasta waiting for us and told us she heard our bikes coming about 2 minutes before we got there so she was waiting with the garage door opened and we pulled right in. Good ride and I did get some sunburn even though I was wearing sunblock. It was a good nights sleep.