How can I not love a state with an official cookie (Biscochitos)?
Even without the cookie, New Mexico is my favorite state so far. It has beautiful desert landscapes,
Great food (red or green sauce? choose both and enjoy Christmas any time of the year!)
Great food (chilis on and/or in everything, no "mild" spicy food here!)
and lovely old towns.
The history, too, is fascinating. There are ancient pueblos to walk through,
and historic trails to follow - I rode parts of the Santa Fe Trail (pictured), El Camino Real, and the Spanish Trail
Even the cookie cutter homes in subdevelopments are often charming here!
Santa Fe was my favorite town, where the old plaza comes alive with traditional music.
Apollo is in fine form, and feeling spunky as the weather cools down.
There were lots of nice roads and trails,
and a bit of cross country navigating (thanks Google Maps - you only sometimes steer me wrong!)
As the weeks wore on, I had some rainy day weather delays
Hermes was an excellent role model for how to spend those chilly days off!
Finally, after crossing one last canyon in the mountain foothills,
We made it to the eastern plains... and the end of all of the most mountainous terrain we will face throughout this ride!