Easy 40 mile day–mostly on the Interstate. Staying in Winslow, Az, of the Eagles song fame. Winslow was a railroad town, and we are staying in a very fancy hotel, La Posada, built by the railroad as a draw destination. La Posada has been restored and revived to its original Spanish Hacienda standings and reminds… Continue reading 605 Miles To Go, Standing on a Corner in Winslow, Arizona
We were on the road by 630a to take advantage of riding in the cool of the day. Within two hours we’d reached the National Park. Inside the park we traversed 24 miles across the park landscape and experience vistas and views of ancient river beds and petrified rock fields. The colors of the… Continue reading 645 Miles to Go, Another 60 miles in the Desert in the Petrified Rock National Park
Riding in the desert in the mornings is cool, peaceful and inspiring. The miles click by steadily and easily. The past morning I climbed 20 miles uphill at a constant grade to reach the Continental Divide. I’ve ridden through colored canyons and crossed spectacular desert landscapes. I breath easy, and reflect with gratitude that I… Continue reading 714 Miles to Go, Continental Divide and Arizona!
It is arid, hot, beautiful and interesting crossing the New Mexico desert. The scenery continually changes, from red rock mesas and cliffs, to yellow sandstone escarpment and finally today to lava rock fields. Much of what we have crossed is Indian land. It is barren, dry and I would suspect a difficult place to live.… Continue reading 864 Miles to Go, Another Hot Day in the NM Desert
A beautiful, but hot, day climbing out of Santa Fe and then descending into Albuquerque. Ever changing landscape, today.
We are climbing! We summited Glorieta Pass at 7500 ft and then rolled mostly downhill into Santa Fe for a well deserved rest day. As we climbed and descended, we were literally in a George O’Keefe landscape painting, This should continue for several more days as we traverse New Mexico. After seeing her artwork in… Continue reading 1017 Miles to Go, Santa Fe!
We started the real climbing, today. Nearly 4000 ft in 70 miles through the NM desert. We’re at altitude, 6400 ft ,in the town of Las Vegas–wait for it–New Mexico. Las Vegas, NM, was once one of the largest towns in NM in the late 1800s. It was notorious as reported: “Without exception there… Continue reading 1089 Miles to Go–in Las Vegas, NM