Santa Fe and Show Low

Before I start today’s Blog, I want to share one last photo from Denver. As Bill and I left One Barrel, we walked past a, not to be missed, photo op.

Does this need a caption?

Our drive down I-25 from Denver to Santa Fe took us through an area known as El Llano, which means The Flat. This high plains area was given this name during the Santa Fe Trail times. It was the relative flat area between the southern Colorado mountains and the Sangre de Cristo mountains, just before arriving Santa Fe. I have always enjoyed the high vistas and distant mountains of this area of New Mexico. The largest town is Las Vegas (New Mexico, that is.)

We arrived at the KOA Journey, southeast of Santa Fe. We chose this well run park, because of its close proximity to Ed and Joe. It is in the valley just below where we lived on Apache Ridge. I realized I didn’t take any park pictures.

That night, Bill and I went to dinner at Harry’s Roadhouse, an iconic SF eatery. We have many fond memories of eating there.

On Friday, while Bill had a Spa Day, at Ten Thousand Waves, I, not surprisingly, went on a nice bike ride along the Santa Fe River Trail

Well maintained Trail along the river
The term River might be a slight exaggeration

I then biked streets across Santa Fe to Posa’s and had their Green chile Bean and Cheese Burrito, with a side of Calabacitos. I was in heaven!

I then headed down the Sante Fe Rail Trail toward El Dorado.

Unlike most rail trails, this one was built alongside the, then active, rail spur from Santa Fe to the Atchison, Topeka snd Santa Fe depot at Lamy. I have always thought it ironic that the Santa Fe Railroad didn’t actually go to Santa Fe. There is a big geographical reason for that. La Bajada.

There was no way a rail line was going to cross that. So they didn’t. Even today, the New Mexico Rail Runner makes a miles long sweeping curve to avoid it.

Here you can see the bike trail along side the narrow gauge rail tracks. After years of use as a tourist train from Santa Fe to Lamy, the tracks are not in use.

One thing worth noting: this ride stretched the limits of my hybrid bike tires. Had the trail been muddy, I would not have been able to make it.

When I reached El Dorado, I headed back toward our RV park, a nice five miles downhill ride. It was a sunny and warm day with a nice breeze for my total 32.77. This was the last ride of this trip, making my total miles, over the two months, 655 miles. Not bad for an old man!

On Saturday, we joined Ed and Joe at the Santa Fe Horse Shelter’s annual “Gimme Shelter Trainer’s Challenge.” Seven trainers are given a horse, who has never been ridden, 100 days to train for the show. Afterwards, the horses are auctioned for a fundraiser for The Shelter. The Shelter currently has 70 horses, needing over $100,000 annually for hay alone.

Our favorite horse, Kai and trainer Roberto
They look alike because they are Father and Son.

Bill and I also checked out this statue of a American Bison made of adobe. Sort of ironic, a near extinct animal presented in an almost extinct building style.

We had a nice dinner with Ed and Joe on their portal, that is porch for most of the country. Fajitas, salad and the last of the wines I had shipped to Brian and Gary. We had a nice last evening in Santa Fe

Bill showing Ed and Joe how to use the voice recognition on their phone

On our drive to Show Low yesterday, we drove through El Malpais National Monument. Malpais means badland, but the land is anything but bad.

Last night we had dinner with Bill’s cousin Susan. You will remember that we had dinner with her in Casa Grande during our first stop and now, at our last, we had dinner with her again, here in Show Low, fitting bookends to our trip. Here is how the town got its name

Susan and Bill at here home in Show Low
The three of us at Torreon Grille

Today, we will drive home. It will be a long driving day, but we are ready to be home! If only for a couple of weeks. We head to Oregon to spend time with my brother, Keith and his wife, Joanette. Check out their travel blog at https://joinersjourney.travel.blog

Well, that is it. See you in August!

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