Tomb of the VW Vans

I'm always changing my mind about what counts as "my favorite bike ride in Albuquerque," but I always return to the Junkyard Loop. Down in Albuquerque's South Valley, it takes you past the city's sewage treatment plant, a bit of infrastructure not to be missed if only for its pedestrian grandeur. It gives you a sense of the scale of our poop, a fact reinforced by the fact that it's the largest tributary on the Middle Rio Grande.

Around the back, the trail runs up behind the city's junkyard neighborhood, another reminder that a city this large has a load of crap to get rid of.

Treasure, for a moment, the old VW vans.

For a map: Inkstain's junkyard loop

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Comment by Jude on May 13, 2008 at 10:57pm
The VW junkyard is always an interesting sight. I have been avoiding the junkyard loop recently due to the wind. The bosque trail North of Central Avenue seems to offer more shielding from the wind. Here are some of my favorite photos of the dead VWs.

Comment by chantal on May 14, 2008 at 7:03am
Right on! I love the Junkyard Loop as well. Something about witnessing the city's underbelly or "scale of our poop" as you mention. Isn't there a pet cemetery on that trail as well? The lighting on Jude's photos of the graveyard is unparalleled, but here are a few others I've taken from the trail.

Wall of VW Buses

Pet Cemetery

John, great Google map! Thanks for sharing it with us.

Comment by John Fleck on May 14, 2008 at 7:14am
Thanks for the pet cemetery pictures. I peeked in Sunday when I was down there. It's about a half mile north of Rio Bravo. But why use words? Map. (We are such geeks!)
Comment by John Fleck on May 14, 2008 at 7:17am
P.S. I remember a discussion a while back about embedding Google maps directly in Ning, Chantal. At the time, I recall, you couldn't. I'm guessing by your approach above that hasn't changed?
Comment by chantal on May 14, 2008 at 7:28am
Yeah, I think you're right. I didn't try embedding it, opting for the screenshot method instead, but I'll try the embed here:


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Comment by chantal on May 14, 2008 at 7:29am
Yep, still not working. Ning strips out the iframe tag.
Comment by Tricross on May 14, 2008 at 7:43am
That is a cooI loop, but I must confess I love junkyards period. There is a fantastic one outside of Socorro in Polvadera.
Comment by mombat on May 14, 2008 at 9:11am
I used to work in this part town. I found some great stuff that hadn't made it to the junk yards, the best being a 2 inch thick 2x4 marble slab that now is part of my parent's kitchen.
Comment by once banned twice shy on May 14, 2008 at 9:54am
I don't think many tourists see the junkyards. Not exactly on the tourist route, you know. Every city's got junkyards, too.

I know everyone calls this the junkyard loop, but it really is called the "Chris Chavez Loop" in memory of a fireman who was killed by a driver while riding his bicycle.
Comment by John Fleck on May 14, 2008 at 10:02am
OBTS - Thanks for adding the mention of Chris. When I was writing last night, my Googling failed me and I couldn't find his name. When Lissa and I ride the loop, we always stop in the shade of the little shelter built in his memory.

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