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Old 07-11-2010, 06:43 PM   #1
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Celebrating American History

It was Forth of July weekend. For my parents Christmas gift I gave the an insufferable weekend with me.


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I rode up across NM ending up in Trinidad, CO to meet them.
We chose one of Trinidad's finest establishments to stay in.

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While the rooms were very small, they were also clean (and KLR cheap) with nicely re-done bathrooms.

We then went for great Italian food.

-converted church with really good chow.

and

singing waitresses

The next day we got up to a grey morning and drove (yes driving in a ride report) the Highway of Legends
Past the Coke Ovens-


Nicely, the sun began to shine.



stopping in Cuchara and La Veta.

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La Veta was having their Independence Day celebrations with a bunch of activity in the park.


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Old 07-11-2010, 06:58 PM   #2
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So, after my mother enjoyed "the best strawberry-rhubarb pie" and I the BBQ from a civic club we continued on.

We stopped at the Ludlow Memorial.



in 1914 during a pro-longed strike against Rockefeller's CF&I. The Colorado Militia( in one of it's finest moments) which was at this point made up largely of ex-company guards murdered 19 people (11 children and 2 women) including shooting a Union organizer in the back. ---the mine workers then rampaged over the area in what became known as the Colorado Coalfield War. The UMWA eventually due to lack of funds called the strike, but these and many other Brothers and Sisters eventually made decent working conditions for most of us.

As a descendant of Colorado Coal miners and Union Proud I was very moved.

Back on the Santa Fe Trail we found Kit Carson.


and we wandered Trinidad for a bit.




Lot's of beautiful turn of the Century buildings and many brick roads... Trinidad has been on hard times and it is still apparent. But, they are making inroads back.


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Old 07-11-2010, 07:18 PM   #3
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Sunday July 04 and we headed out of town to Lamar, Colorado.

I rode- started off in pure summer gear, then soon realized I should don the rain stuff.



And found a sort of rest area at a U.S. Army armored manoeuvre ground.

I then parked my bike at our next motel and we headed into the Sand hills.



We drove out to the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site.

In 1864 that pesky Colorado Militia under John Chivington attacked a surrendered village, flying an American of Cheyenne Indians. They killed over 150 Indians, mostly women and children. (The Colorado Militia was very adept at this you see)





This massacre was so shocking, even to 19thC. sensibilities it set back Colorado Statehood a decade.
(aside: two years ago I tried to ride to this site and found the road way too sandy for my skills with a laden road bike, this day the gravel roads would have been imminently passable on a road bike.)

We then back tracked a bit to a famous spot on the Santa Fe Trail.
Bent's Fort


in the 1840's Bent's was the largest structure between KC and San Francisco and a center of trading and re-supply along the Santa Fe Trail.

As it was Independence Day. The Fort had many knowledgable historic reinactors on hand.





Kids got to hit a Pinata



A very interesting place.

We then returned to Lamar... Let me say this. Sunday night... Sunday July 4 night...Sunday July 4 night in small town America, is not the time to find good chow.

But then we had a fireworks show to more than make up for it.


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Old 07-11-2010, 07:33 PM   #4
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The next day, had to get home to work.
Came into snoidlahoma. Had to hurry through-Cause here thar be snoids.



Thought I'd get breakfast in Clayton, NM-- found their one breakfast place.



Saw this sweet, but fortunately not for sale FJ



Pushed on through a little canyon that I didn't catch the name of.






and on to home.

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