Divide Again.

For $9 the Railrunner takes us from Santa Fe to Albuquerque. It’s 90+ degrees and riding there on pavement holds no appeal. I munch on turnips and carrots from Thomas at Stan and Rose Mary Crawford’s El Bosque Garlic Farm while the landscape passes by. 

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We ride city trails and bicycle boulevards. We see hundreds of hot air balloons take flight. We get to know our hosts, Tammie and Ethan.

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We spent time at the community bike shop. We eat good food. We visit an urban farm.

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I glance at my calendar, see it’s the first week of October, and that we probably need to get a move on. Tyndall’s itching to get his feet wet.

Adventure Cycling’s Route 66 takes us west out of Albuquerque. Much of the real Route 66 has been gobbled up by I-40.

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The interstate is straightforward and my mind wanders. I wonder where all the truck freight is going, where it’s come from and what, exactly, is being hauled all over the country. I think about rereading The Grapes of Wrath. I-40 does have a large shoulder with a rumble strip and takes us where we need to go, just don’t get distracted by the casinos along the way.

Storm clouds circle, but we thread the needle and manage to stay dry.

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Doug Johnson offers cyclist camping in his backyard, 15 miles from Grants in San Fidel off Highway 124. Instead of the tent, we sleep in his trailer. As rain patters on the roof, I’m grateful for the sturdy shelter.

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We aim to reconnect with the Divide one last time in Grants, but recent heavy rains send us down a paved alternate.

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Finally (finally!) we turn off Route 117 onto the dirt road that will take us to Pie Town. It’s solid and firm. Tarantuals and woolly bear catapillars march across.

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We ride until sunset and camp among pinyon pines. Elk bugle all around. Three stumble into our camp. I’m happy to be back in the woods. It’s been awhile.

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10 thoughts on “Divide Again.

  1. Your photos continue to be outstanding. Soon you will be in Arizona. Too bad we aren”t still there so you could stay with us!

    Bud and Mary

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  2. OH…wonderful post!!! Am so happy for you to be able to take the train!! Looks as though Albuquerque is very bike friendly. Good to know!!! Beautiful picture of GREEN….the fall storms are upon us here…sigh…yucky, dark & wet..just sayin’. Beautiful route 117! I can hear the Elk calling…from here. Love their call…and, tripping through you camp…:). Shelter from the rain…good move :). Big hug. How are the new adjustments on your bike doing for you?

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  3. We enjoy Pedalling Perspectives very much and follow you with pink marker in our atlas. Sorry we aren’t in Flagstaff anymore to have you stay with us en route.

    Mary and Bud

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