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Old 10-17-2010, 11:50 PM   #61
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A great massage by two cutie patooties, a couple brews down the hatch, yep, it was a great way to end the night.

The next morning I think Ken and I slept in a bit while Merickk was rarin’ to go. We all made our preparations and headed downstairs for the complimentary breakfast.

You know, these transitory weeks of September and October we bear witness to the migratory patterns of the wildlife in the sky. I’m fascinated by the birds leaving our state for warmer climes further south. Lately I’ve been taking out the binoculars to take in the view across the street from my home which happens to be the western front of the Bosque. I have been watching the birds coming and going.

Like the migratory birds taking flight, I’ve been noticing a flight of the human sort. The snowbirds are now in full flight. They are flying down our interstates by the Buick-full, eager to unload their retirement disposable income on select Indian casinos of New Mexico and Arizona. Aluminum bar racks in the back seats are filled with hangers of neatly pressed clothes and passenger seat navigators are steering the V-formation whilst managing to remain perfectly coiffed on the road. Just how do those ladies keep up their “set” I wonder? Do they sleep sitting up? Does it take a can of Aqua-Net to keep up the do until next week’s visit to the beauty parlor? I don’t suppose I’ll be privy to The Secret for another 20 to 30 years. But will I ever know The Secret when I’m still sportin’ helmet-head in 2030?

So on this dazzling Sunday morning, the breakfast room at the Best Western was populated in spades by snowbirds. We were out of character for the breakfast crowd, but that was okay by us. We took our breakfast out to the pool since the snowbirds were all perched inside the breakfast room.

I really needed to get back to Albuquerque. My plan was to ride back to ABQ as soon as breakfast ended and goodbyes were said. I knew I needed to work a few hours in my classroom before the weekend came to a close. I loosened the chains to my workplace on Friday but didn’t truly break free.

If you’re picking up on the theme here you would know that Merickk and Ken wisely employed wire cutters to my well-laid plans. They know what Terri is still trying to comprehend, “All work and no riding make Cookie a dull girl.” At breakfast, Ken unfolded that beloved map of his. Uh-oh.
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Old 10-18-2010, 12:07 AM   #62
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“So, Terri, you’re not really going to take 14 back to Albuquerque, are you?” Devon and Ken said this practically in unison and not even concealing anymore their devil-may-care grins. “How boring is that?! Why don’t you ride with us through the forest, Highway 4, Valles Caldera and then you can take 550 back home?” They had a point. The road through the mountain has some beautiful views, twisties and it was a beautiful day. Alrighty then. So long as I got home by noon, I guess that would give me a few hours in my classroom.

We suited up and headed out for the ride past Santa Fe, through White Rock, Bandelier Nat’l Monument and the Santa Fe National Forest. I felt so at peace, a marvelous ride. I am in love with days like this, so much so that I float like a dandelion puff in the springtime air….the sunlight filtering through the tall ponderosa pines, shadows and sunlight flickering off the tarmac below me in a flighty dance between two friends. The scent of fresh earth just beginning to rise from the dewy ground of the cool morning fills my lungs and cleanses my breath. Thank you, Devon and Ken for twisting my arm a full turn. If it weren’t for you, I wouldn’t have gotten high on life this day.
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Old 10-18-2010, 11:02 PM   #63
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We rode on NM-4 through and past Bandelier Nat’l Monument and up the mountain pass. Sweepers, twisties and a hairpin or two, followed by some time on the dirt road on NM-126…..a little something for all of us. I did feel, though, like I was holding back Ken and Merickk a little. Ken wanted a little speed, more than I could put the XT through, so he sped ahead for a bit to let the GS do her “thang” and I took the middle while Merickk was at the back keeping his eye on me.

We took a short break at the junction of 4 and 501. I headed for the bushes (too much juice and coffee that morning) while Ken made a call to Jurgen, an inmate I’ve not met yet but is pretty active on ADV. I came back from my potty break and Ken laid out the plan for me. Either continue on 4 through to the Jemez Pueblo, and back down 550 or, I ride on 126 up to Cuba and we all meet Jurgen for lunch at Bruno’s. Hmmm, lemme see…..I’ve come this far, and heck, I’ve not met Jurgen, so what-the-hey!
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Old 10-18-2010, 11:09 PM   #64
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I hadn’t done any dirt this weekend except for gravelly roads on the rez between Church Rock and Smith Lake so off we went. The only thing that had me feeling hesitant was that I had on my street boots which don’t have the sturdiest of platforms for riding on the pegs and of course, I didn’t have on knee/shin guards or my off-road pants. Knowing myself as I do, there could be a small possibility of dumping the bike at some point if I encountered anything too tricky for me.

Ah, who the hell am I kidding?! I have so many unflattering bike nap photos as it were, posting them all would blow a fuse on ADV’s servers! Seriously, Neduro should make me the poster child of what NOT to do in his dual sport DVDs. My foibles could be highly educational as well as endlessly entertaining. Jiffy Pop, a cold beer and video of my f*ck-ups….I can be the Ms. Bean to your Mr. Bean, the Busty Keaton to your Buster, Lucille Ball on a thumper…..I can be all those things for you, baby.

We approached the junction at 126 and 4, the turn-off to Fenton Lake State Park. Merickk is an awesome dirt rider (in my esteem), loves the dirt and is truly at home in it, more so than I'll probably ever feel about it. It was agreed he’d take the lead as we were going toward the dirt road that would take us to Cuba. Merickk was a bit eager to kick up some dust and it just so happened that a local ranger barney-fifin’ this bit of road sniffed out his enthusiasm.
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Old 10-19-2010, 06:35 PM   #65
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