I'm fortunate enough to have a job that allows me to take a couple of hours off in the afternoon when the mood strikes me. I'm also always looking for an excuse to take the new bike out, put the two together and a scant five minutes later I was on the road, heading west down Lead.
I had pulled up the Google map of Albuquerque to plot my route and Tingley Park jumped out at me. I haven't made it out that way yet and so haven't seen the Bosque proper. The ride was brisk but pleasant, and I soon found myself turning onto Tingley Dr, the park right in front of me. I pulled into the first lot and parked the bike.
There were several people gathered about the South Pond. Most had lines in the water or were setting up to do so. I walked over and started chatting with a woman who was tying a fly to her line. One of the great things I have noticed about Albuquerque is that people tend to be very friendly and will open right up when you just start chatting with them. "I think they'll go for the white ones today," she said. She went on to tell me all about how the three fishing ponds at Tingley are stocked throughout various times of the year with Rainbow Trout, Channel Catfish and Bass. She also just started fly fishing a few months ago, after taking private lessons from Los Pinos Fly Shop here in Albuquerque. "Check them out, they're good people."
We talked for a minute or two longer about fishing and then motorcycles (she rides a trike), before it was time for me to move on. I hopped back on the bike and made my way up Central and on past Old Town. All in all not a bad way to spend and hour or two. I'm looking forward to taking the bike out again soon and exploring another part of my new home.