Today was my second day in Santa Fe, to rest up and take in the sights. I enjoyed sleeping a little later, and not having to pack everything up was also a special treat. But the best thing about it was, I got to eat somewhere that was not a gas station! My first days on the road I have not had much luck with the hotel continintal breakfasts so I end up getting a cheese stick or something stupid. Not today! I had breakfast at Luminaria, one of my favorite breakfast spots in the Plaza. Jac and I have been there before and I was looking foward to a real meal. I was not disappointed.
After breakfast I walked around the plaza, admiring the architecture and checking out the handmade jewlery that the artisan vendors sell out on the boardwalk at the Palace of the Governors.
After a few hours, even though I had not seen all of the shops, I felt like I had. You know how one store starts to look like the rest? I looked over at Gypsy and I felt like if she had toes, she’d be tapping them. Like, “are we done here yet”?
And then I saw this sign….
I hate to admit it, but I was bored with the Plaza. I wanted to get out and ride. I walked past Starbucks and people were sitting inside texting. I thought, what’s the point of being in a beautiful place like this if you’re not really seeing it? So I got my keys out, hopped on Gypsy and off we went to find something pretty.
I didn’t really know where I was going and did not have GPS on. I went down some random county roads and found little art studios out of people’s homes, rustic-looking farms, and my favorite, the daisies by the roadside.
I then ventured on a little more and found an old gas station that was abandoned. It had a Mobil sign hanging sideways with bullet holes in it. I realized I wasn’t sure where I was or how to get back. I eventually figured it out and on the way I stumbled upon a little stand where a lady was selling fry bread. I put the brakes on and bought some from her, it was so good! I also happened to find Camel Rock, out in the middle of nowhere. Pretty cool.
The Pino fire is still burning in the Santa Fe Nat’l forest. I guess it was started by lightning, which is now pretty much under control but it is still covering the mountains somewhat.
After my little exploration off the beaten path, I decided to head back and get something to eat. My Uncle David, who lives in Los Alamos recommended The Shed in the Plaza. My first choice was Cafe Pasqual’s but I knew I was too late for that, you must have reservations for that place but I highly recommend them if you get a chance to go. The Shed was an excellent second choice though.
Fish Tacos with Avo
After dinner I headed back to my hotel and relaxed, a great rest day indeed. The weather forecast has surprises for me–thunder storms predicted Friday through Tuesday. Right on the weekend of the Taos gathering! Ah well, I do have my rain gear so I am prepared. But if it’s storming and lightning I won’t be joining a group ride. I have my hotel there for three days so I’ll grab my book and head to a cafe or take in a museum. I know whatever happens it will be an experience! Stay tuned for day 6, heading to Los Alamos and riding the awesome Hwy 4 (voted one of NM’s best motorcycle roads).