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The South Valley: Big Plans, Lots of Traffic, Buckets of Paint

I spent the last two months writing for NMMainStreet.  I loved it, but it involved writing 30 pieces in 60 days...9 of them while riding a bicycle across the state.  I covered New Mexico Gallup to Lovington and Raton to Silver City.  If I wasn't writing, I was driving. …

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Added by Johnny_Mango on June 30, 2015 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

In Raton, I Get a Room and a Hat

Out here where the antelope play, even shopping is an event.  Click here for the…

Added by Johnny_Mango on June 9, 2015 at 10:06am — 7 Comments

Touring New Mexico: Kit Carson's Cave

One of the forgotten landmarks of old Route 66 is just northeast of Gallup.  It is a spectacular sandstone formation called Kit Carson’s Cave.  The entrance stands an imposing 50 feet high, while the inside goes back about 100 feet on an uphill slant.  At the far end there is a wall which encloses a live…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on June 2, 2015 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

A Visit to Valle de Oro...And No, It’s Not a Casino...

SECOND ST. SW—Last Thursday’s ABQ Journal had an article on birding that mentioned Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge.  It gave the address as 7851 2nd St SW.  Hmmmm….  Somewhere in that dizzying swirl of information particles that constantly recycle themselves just behind my eyeballs, there came a speck of…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on May 26, 2015 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Route 66: Day #8, Las Vegas to Santa Rosa. 66 Miles.

Yes, it's a big, wide, wonderful world out…

Added by Johnny_Mango on May 17, 2015 at 10:38pm — No Comments

Route 66: Day#7, Pecos to Las Vegas. 47 Miles.

Weather that bites, a tombstone that…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on May 16, 2015 at 11:06pm — 1 Comment

Route 66: Day #4, Ancient Way to Grants. 42 Miles.

Up and over the Continental Divide, then down Santa Fe Ave. in…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on May 13, 2015 at 10:49pm — No Comments

Route 66: Day #3, Zuni Pueblo to El Morro (Ancient Way Cafe). 35 Miles.

Bad and No internet service yesterday and this morning...which is why this post is late.  But if you love the people of New Mexico, don't miss this…

Added by Johnny_Mango on May 12, 2015 at 6:06pm — 2 Comments

Route 66: Day #2, Gallup to Zuni Pueblo. 36 Miles.

In the middle of our ride from Gallup to Zuni, we stop at the top of the hill.  Fry Bread. Hamburgers. Banana…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on May 11, 2015 at 6:21am — 1 Comment

In May, Route 66--For Now, the Bike Path

ROUTE 66 & EL RIO GRANDE—In less than two weeks Mike Moye and I start riding across New Mexico on Route 66.  So it is more than appropriate that I’m doing a good part of my training on the Bosque Trail, which crosses Route 66 right here at the river.  And that is what the accompanying photos are all about.…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on April 28, 2015 at 10:30am — 9 Comments

A Casual Conversation at Earth Day Turns to the Flying Star

NOB HILL—”I don’t see you guys at the Flying Star in the morning any more,” he said.  I was ready to explain, but he continued.  “They changed their hours so my wife and I started going somewhere else.”



I nodded.  It was a familiar story.  In fact, that was what I was about to say…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on April 21, 2015 at 10:30am — 8 Comments

The History Hack: 3 Reasons to Visit Fort Selden

RADIUM SPRINGS—By my count, there are 16 historic forts in the state of New Mexico.  Though all are a bit different, except for Fort Bayard all were eventually abandoned by the Army to the dry wind and hordes of scavenging neighbors.  What remains is usually the same:  crumbling adobe walls, stone jails,…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on April 14, 2015 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Bugging Out: 24 Hours in Grants

Grants, just 70 miles west of Albuquerque, is the gateway to much of Northwest New Mexico, including Mount Taylor, La Ventana arch, El Morro, Acoma and Laguna Pueblos, the Ice Cave, La Bandera Crater, Crownpoint, and Bluewater Lake.  Yet, the actual town of Grants is visited much less often.  I said to my wife…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on March 31, 2015 at 1:51pm — 1 Comment

How Quirky is Burque? Let’s Check Craigslist.

NOB HILL—Oh, I have read the articles and blog posts about Albuquerque being high on the list of quirky towns.  They usually cite examples like Kelly’s Brewpub being in an old gas station.



First of all, it wasn’t a gas station, it was a car dealership.  Kelly’s just decorated it to look…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on March 24, 2015 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Who Are the Fort Sill Apaches & Why Is Governor Martinez Against Them?

Yesterday afternoon, in a story posted on the Deming Headlight website,  veteran newsman Steve Terrell of the Santa Fe New Mexican reported that a writ of mandamus has been filed by the Fort Sill Apaches to force Governor Susana Martinez to negotiate a gambling contract with the tribe.



Up until a…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on March 3, 2015 at 10:30am — 8 Comments

Touring New Mexico: The Bird of Bitter Lake

ROSWELL, NM--The state-wide buzz among people who watch birds is centered on one wet plot of ground just outside of Roswell.  The area involved is the Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge.  And all the attention is on a bird...literally one single bird.  That bird is a Common Crane, also known as the…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on February 24, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

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