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


ABQ’s South Valley: Big Plans, Lots of Traffic, Buckets of Paint


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ISLETA & BRIDGE SW, ALBUQUERQUE—Most of Albuquerque is laid out in a grid with main streets being about a mile apart.  This is not really the case in Albuquerque’s South Valley.  Oh, Bridge Blvd. runs east and west in a straight line all right.  But Isleta Blvd. doesn’t follow those urban planning precepts. In fact,… READ MORE


Barelas: Ups & Downs of Life South of Downtown


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4TH ST & BRIDGE BLVD SW, ALBUQUERQUE—The story of so many of our communities in New Mexico is the story of Ups and Downs:  economic boosts followed by changing conditions and economic wash out.  Many times the railroad is involved, and the Barelas community is no exception.  Many times the coming of the freeways have… 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


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 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