|Very quiet at the plaza in Santa Fe this morning|
It's not a problem at all. The day was beautiful, absolutely perfect for riding. In fact, the first 30 miles or so were just a gift: a gentle slope downhill, tailwind, good road and scenery. Temperature just fine - even coasting we were not cold. But it was a long day - 90 miles - and I wonder what the train would have been like!
Instead, we took State Road 14, the "Turquoise Trail." It winds around through the canyon and eventually over a pass at about 7100 feet. There are not a lot of services in the canyon, and we'd been cautioned that some of the towns have to use bottled water, as their groundwater supplies have been contaminated from the coal mining that was once done in the area. You can see the slag piles here and there along the canyon and creek.
|That desert art vibe is strong in Madrid|
One of these small communities was Madrid (mah' drihd). It is now a chichi little artist colony and restaurant cluster. Lots of nicely dressed tourists wandering about - that sort of place.
The cottonwoods are spectacular right now. Here and there in the landscape, they provide the most marvelous pop of color. Their golden yellow against the deep blue sky is just gorgeous. Who says the desert southwest has no fall color?
|Cottonwoods add color to the landscape|
|Nice roadside art in the canyon|
|David on the Rio Grande river trail|
|Along the market streets in Old Town ABQ|
The day's report: Santa Fe to Albuquerque, 90.4 miles/8611 to date
|The Rio Grande, or is it "Not So Grande" right now?|