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

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

Love’s Labors Not Lost: Robert, Christy & the Odeon Theater

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SOUTH 2ND & CENTER ST, TUCUMCARI—The Odeon Theater lights up South 2nd St. in Tucumcari.  The rest of the street is pretty dark.  This is not on Route 66 that has the world famous neon signs…signs like the Blue Swallow Motel and the TeePee Curio Shop. No, this is old downtown Tucumcari.  Route 66 bypassed… READ MORE

Movie Shoots Make Headlines. But in Portales, They Also Make Good Citizens.

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PORTALES, NM—You can’t help but take notice when the movie folks come to town.  They were shooting scenes for the movie “Comancheria” last Tuesday in downtown Portales. This made the newspapers as far away as New York City. Actually, the “Comancheria” crew shot scenes in Clovis earlier and were going north to Tucumcari later in… 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 6, Santa Fe by train, then bike to Pecos. 28 miles.

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PECOS, NM—It should have been an easy day:  only 25 miles and a train ride.  It started out fine.  Mike and I met near the Alvarado Station in downtown Albuquerque.  We made sure our bikes were set up and rode them over to the RailRunner platform. What a deal!  Roll on service for bicycles.  Frankly,… READ MORE

How We Missed the Tour of the Gila

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SILVER CITY—It was time for the Tour of the Gila!  As we got ready to leave for Silver City, our plans went awry immediately.  We decided to eat breakfast at the Arrey Cafe, a wonderful place to get a good breakfast in a hurry and at a reasonable price.  Besides, we like the whole restaurant. … READ MORE

Searching for Carrie Tingley

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TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, NM—I had no idea what we would find if we went looking for the old Carrie Tingley Children’s Hospital.  I had seen pictures of the patients and life at the hospital.  But was the building still there?  Would the crushing weight of thousands of sick kids hang over my thoughts? The old… READ MORE