On September 30, after exploring the Petrified Forest in eastern Arizona, we set out for a 4-hour drive to Albuquerque New Mexico around mid day. We settled in at our hotel for a two-night stay and then discovered Rudy's Country Store & Bar-B-Q - a remarkably good chain that we'd come to favor as we moved into Texas later in our journeys. We got a kick out of their T-shirt slogan.
Even though we parked right in front of this sign at the hotel parking lot, Richard neglected to lock up the two bikes on the back of our car. It was a real disappointment to find an empty bike rack in the morning. The Hotel clerk reviewed the security camera footage and said that it appeared to be a homeless person who rode them off in two trips in the middle of the night. We filed a police report, but of course they were gone for good. Richard endured the silent treatment for an hour or so...Nancy's lost her knack for holding a real grudge for much longer.
For breakfast we headed out to the beautiful Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm. The food was first rate and the server was generous with suggestions for other restaurants we might enjoy for dinner. After breakfast we strolled the grounds: acres of organic farm, the scent of sweet lavender in the air, beautiful flowers and trees at every turn, and peacocks roaming freely. Don't miss this place if you are ever in Albuquerque.
After breakfast we headed to "Old Town" Albuquerque with its historic San Felipe de Neri Church built in the 1700's. Quaint shops lined a small central park. One was decorated with huge "bouquets" of chili peppers.
We went with the recommendation of our breakfast server and tried out the recently re-opened Artichoke Cafe where we enjoyed a scrumptious and beautifully presented dinner.
A lovely golden moon directed our drive back to the hotel to finish off our brief but enjoyable visit to New Mexico's largest city.
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