Day 26 - 543 Miles - Santa Fe

Trip Start Jul 26, 2008
Trip End Sep 24, 2008

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

  Daniel here again,
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. He said that business will increase after the 20th of the month because that's when the Indians get their government checks. He said if it wasn't for them he'd have no business at all. I guess Welfare checks come out the first of the month and the Indian checks come out the 20th. Joe and I had the experience of having one or two Indians coming up to us at every stop and panhandling. It got to the point where we stopped them before they got started by asking THEM for some money so we could keep riding. That surprised and shocked them to say the least. But it worked every time. Sometimes they just turned and walked away. Their excuse was always the same. A belt broke on their vehicle and they only needed $8.35 to get a new one so they and their family could get home. Or they needed a couple of gallons of gas to get home. It always came to around eight bucks. That was pretty much the going rate. We even tried asking where their vehicle and family was so we could help put the belt on or we could put the fuel in the vehicle. That was always followed by an excuse or they just walked away.  One Navajo had a small shop set up at Four Corners selling jewelry, drinks, snacks and even sno cones. He said he loved being his own boss and doing this. I told him I was proud of him for that. He stopped what he was doing and said that no one even told him that before. We talked about his little business and his plans for expanding it next season. It may not seem like much but it meant a lot to him.
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. It was quite unique and really beautiful. The town square had shopping on all four sides with the park in the middle full of vendors. They offered roasted ears of corn where they just pulled back the husks, wrapped a paper towel around it and dipped it in butter. Then you season it to your own taste. They can even dip the whole thing in chile. It looked great and wasn't a bit messy. Well, at least it was outside so the mess wasn't dripped on anything important. Joe and I were celebrities with so many people asking to have their pictures taken with the bikers. We had this happen at the parking lot in the Grand Canyon also with a family and a couple of others asking to get their pictures taken either with us or them sitting on our bikes. The mother from Vienna said it has always been her husbands dream to own a motorcycle. We did buy a few trinkets and mugs in Santa Fe and were back on the road.
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.
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