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The wanderings of a modern ronin.

Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-07-07 12:41
  Subject:   Taos, part 1.
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Taos is an interesting little town. Well, it's USUALLY little. Right now I have a feeling that the nominal population of ~7k is swelled quite a lot by all the turistas here. Apparently it's somewhat of an artist's haven. My mom and step-dad have plans to go see Ghost Ranch, where Georgia O'Keefe did much of her work.

We're staying at a bed and breakfast called the Brooks Street Inn, which is about one block uphill from the art gallery/turista district. We had dinner at a little place called the Apple Tree restaurant. If you're ever in Taos and can get a table, I recommend it. The Shrimp Bruschetta was awesome.

Getting here was a bit of a chore. The plan was to ride down here (~375 mi from Boulder) on our motorcycles, but the weather has been rainy, and as a result when I went to get my motorcycle, the control panel had shorted out. I had no speedo, no tach, and no odometer or trip counter. Since most motorcycles don't have fuel gauges, without an odo you stand a good chance of running out of gas. So I kicked the @#$% malfunctioning bike in the tail and played lag-behind with my biker parents all the way to Taos in my Civic.

I'll try and get some pictures up sooner or later. I didn't pack my laptop because I was convinced I wouldn't have space on the bike. Oh irony... The big problem will be finding a computer I can load my digicam's USB drivers on. In addition to pics of the area, we're going to see the pow-wow at the Taos Pueblo this evening, so maybe I can get some cool shots of that.

In Taos, the only place to get net access if you don't have a WiFi laptop is a surprisingly hip little Cybercafe called WIRED. $4 per half hour to use their computers if you're laptopless as I am. And I'm almost at the end of my time, so I'm logging off.

Hasta luego, muchachos!
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Jon: kongowned
  User: j_b
  Date: 2006-07-07 20:21 (UTC)
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Sucks to hear about the bike. I think the space alien carvings are near Taos ...
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  User: nickhalfasleep
  Date: 2006-07-07 22:06 (UTC)
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Can't you have your fellow riders give you a heads up in say 10 mile increments? Something to keep you aware of how many miles you've gone in a set period of time? How about just going for broke and keep a spare fuel bottle of spare gas in your pack?
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2006-07-08 23:19 (UTC)
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It can be about 50-80 miles between towns, and I was not willing to take a malfunctioning bike on a long road trip. The bill to get it towed to the nearest town by itself would make the trip a huge headache. On an older bike that wasn't fuel injected and didn't have an engine control computer, an electrical problem is not a big deal. Annoying, but not fatal. On the gixxer it can completely disable the bike and make it into 400 lbs of junk steel in the middle of the desert. Smart people just don't take risks like that...
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  User: (Anonymous)
  Date: 2006-07-10 02:21 (UTC)
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Sounds like good sights and good eats! Sorry about the bike. Enjoy the rest of the trip!
- Mander, MBFC
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