The Land of Enchantment

Written by: Karl Trimmer

New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment.  It surely has been that for the riders of the Ocean to Ocean cross country tour.  We have been treated to some spectacular sights: with the bluest skies, red rock, and purple mountains, the landscape of New Mexico continues to amaze me.

We left Albuquerque bright and early this morning, treated to 5,000+ feet feet of climbing on the beautiful back-roads of the state.  It was a pleasure to get off the interstate system, traveling the little known back-roads of adventure, and wonderful bike trails that both Albuquerque and Santa Fe offer.  Both cities are very friendly with dedicated bike trails and wide “bike” shoulders, and the absence of debris.  As we rode though the mountains to Santa Fe, we passed many other bike riders enjoying the wonderful outdoors.  When we arrived at the host facility in Santa Fe, I must admit I was impressed that all welcomed the inviting showers, conversation about the ride, and a snack before dinner, provided by our host for the next two days.

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