A Blogger’s List of Superiorities

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NOB HILL, ALBUQUERQUE—After spending much of the last two months on the road for “Off the Road”, I have been amazed by much of what I saw..  Here is a short list of what I thought were the very best or most interesting or funniest things I encountered. ❤  BEST CHEAP MOTEL.  Although “cheap” is… READ MORE

El Corazón de Belen: Becker Avenue

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PETE’S CAFE, BELEN—I met Rhona Espinoza, Belen’s Executive Director of its MainStreet Partnership, for lunch.  There are two things I have to say about that: 1.  Pete’s Cafe was packed, but Rhona knew absolutely everybody in the place…well, except one person and that person was me. 2.  I have seen Bill Richardson work a crowd… READ MORE

Artesia & The Big Hurd. Part II: Jose Zelaya’s Pop-A-Top Library

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ARTESIA PUBLIC LIBRARY—It was a two-part move for the mural.  The first leg of the trip was to an airport hanger in Midland, Texas.  There the mural would wait for about a year in a climate controlled setting until the Artesia library construction could be completed.  However, there was a grass fire not too far… READ MORE

Artesia & The Big Hurd. Part I: The Mural Has Left The Building.

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This is the story of how Artesia, New Mexico got a priceless mural done by Peter Hurd…how the mural came to be, its removal from a building slated for destruction, the multi-year journey from Houston to Artesia, and how this gigantic yet extremely fragile art piece was inserted into a library which had been built… READ MORE

In Raton, I Get a Room & a Hat

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RATON, NM—I rattled into Raton and immediately headed for the old downtown area looking for a hotel in the historic district.  The historic district is not that big, and it quickly became obvious that there were no hotels in the area at all, so I did what a good many travelers do, headed for the… READ MORE

City of Albuquerque Shows Archeological Interest In……Little Beaver Town!

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ROUTE 66, ALBUQUERQUE—About two dozen of us took a tour of one of Albuquerque’s properties last weekend.  Purchased in 2010, the Route 66 Open Space, as it is officially known, consists of 66 acres at the eastern edge of town as it enters Tijeras Canyon.  Old Route 66 passes right by it to the north. … READ MORE

Nob Hill MainStreet Finds a Way: A New Mural by Larry Bob Phillips

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NOB HILL, ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Some public art is so representative of the spirit of a city it just makes the visitor stop and say, “Let me get a picture of you standing right in front of it!”  It is one way we keep track of our lives. Some towns have art pieces that seem to define… READ MORE

Route 66: Day 8, Las Vegas to Santa Rosa. 66 Miles.

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SANTA ROSA, NM—Good weather finally showed its sunny face today…with a tail wind.  Add another plus:  elevations went from about 6400 feet at Las Vegas to 4700 feet in Santa Rosa.  Not that there weren’t hill, steep hills…it’s just that there were good, long downhill runs.  In fact, even being on I-40 was made more… READ MORE

Route 66: Day 7, Pecos to Las Vegas. 46 Miles.

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LAS VEGAS, NM—It was still raining in Pecos when we awoke at the monastery.  The Benedictine brothers had prepared a nice breakfast of some kind of egg and spinach casserole and melon slices.  Mike and I ate with a couple of nuns visiting from Texas. Everybody knew the weather was bad.  The Abbey’s cook came… READ MORE

Day #5: Grants to Route 66 Casino. 60 Miles.

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May 14th, 2015 | Category: Adventure Travel, Cycling, Photography
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NOB HILL—Today was the first day that I woke up and my legs felt tired.  I believe it must have been that really difficult morning yesterday with the wind and hills.  But all in all, I had expected to feel much worse at this point.  We had been on the road for four days and… READ MORE