New Mexico

Afternoon thunderstorm started 2 minutes after I snapped this.
Mamacita’s in Abiquiu…
…best pizza in the state…so true. Thank you Marta!
Busted Knuckle Garage at Mamacita’s
New Mexico roads can sometimes be unfriendly to cyclists – no shoulder, lots of sand and weeds, RVs and trucks whizzing past at 70 mph. And every state, including NM, has it’s share of pickup drivers who liked to roll coal at cyclists.
Morning rollers into Chaco…
…lead to afternoon rains…
…before bunking down for the night at the Trading Post (two thumbs up to Dennis and his staff…thank you!).
Pavement route to Grants…long, warm, and …
…good visibility…
…before touchdown on Route 66.
Rattlesnake sunning on the road in the El Malpais National Monument
First signage of Pie Town…
…but first…
…there is some work…
…to do…

…before running into Brad and his wife who treated me to a Coconut Crème slice on their day off as they headed to town for supplies. Fantastic!
Can’t miss their sign. As well as the enormous cell phone tower to finally get a signal.
Gathering Place was open during my stay…
…this is the Black-and Blue pie with vanilla on top. Yum.
Stayed at the infamous Toaster House…
…hosting a wall full of CDT treads…
…robust kitchen…
…and now a fantastic bike stand in memory of a biker who passed away with cancer. One of the best bike stands I’ve used…thank you all who contributed!

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