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I can recommend The Range Cafe. Lovely meals and reasonably priced. Enjoy :-)
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"A quick question; Does anybody know a good Mexican Restaurant in Albuquerque?"

Now that's a loaded question!! The Range Cafe is always a good choice as is Sadie's on Academy. And there are a hundred more depending on your taste. Then there are the food trucks!
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The Tramp Got Loose!





“Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship." - Rick Blaine to Captain Louis Renault

It started with the idea of riding down to Georgia to camp at Two Wheels of Suches for Buelltoberfest. Then, I decided to shun I-75 and take secondary roads which led me to deciding that I would stop in Cumberland Falls and hopefully see a Moonbow. From there, I would take some fun roads to Suches and be there for the rally.

Then, I looked at a route that would not have me traveling the same roads in the opposite direction. That led to a circular route going up the Blue Ridge Parkway to Skyline Drive, then turning west when I got to Front Royal, Virginia.

I was set. It would be about 2,000 miles total and would be a good way to cap off the season.

Then I looked at the long range weather forecast. I’d be riding in rain for a large portion of the trip. That dampened (pun intended) my enthusiasm a little bit, but I’ve ridden in rain more times than I can recall. It might not be quite as much fun, but it still would be an adventure.

Then came the curve ball. I was reading a thread on the XL Forum where one of the members had taken pictures of the Barber Vintage Motorcycle Museum. I was there four years ago, and they’ve really upped the displays. I’d like to visit it again.

So I checked the weather again, and it looks like I’d hit rain if I go there, too.

So yesterday afternoon, I plotted a route home from the museum that was over roads I haven’t ridden on before. I wasn’t sure if I was going to go that way, but the Parkway and Skyline are at altitude. The rain there would be cold rain. Chances are that rain in Alabama would be warmer. Cold rain sucks a lot more than warm rain. I started leaning more heavily in favor of visiting the Museum.

Toward the end of yesterday’s Snippet, I said that I had to keep a tight leash on the Tramp part of my nature, or I might just wind up in Kansas City to have a steak for dinner. Well; the Tramp slipped his leash.

One thing that bothered me was that the total distance of the trip would be only half of the route going up the parkway, so I started looking for a route that would add a few miles. I remembered that four years ago, one of my goals was to go through Albuquerque and have Mexican food while I was there. I spent a few months in Albuquerque during the summer of ’69 and had the absolute best Mexican food I’ve ever tasted while I was there. Anyhow; I didn’t get there. That would definitely add a bit of mileage.

So I sat down at my laptop and Google Maps and I had a nice long conversation throughout the afternoon and into the evening. I used the same criteria about not using the same roads twice and I came up with a route that was almost double the distance of the original route.

As I was plotting and changing, I noticed that at one point, I would be going by Oklahoma City. When I went through there in ’15, I saw what looked like an aircraft museum. Specifically, a military aircraft museum. I saw a B-52 and what looked like a B-1 bomber from I-40 as I was headed west for Amarillo. So I looked around on Google and found out it’s the Charles B. Hall Airpark at Tinker Air Force Base and it’s free to the public. Ya know…

OK; now this may all be just so much Phlogiston, but I went over my finances, and as long as I just camp out and don’t get a motel room I think I can do it. I won’t be putting a big chunk on the plastic like I’ve planned, but it will only delay getting it paid off by one month. And I think that the chance to spend a day at the Barber Museum and a day at the Hall Air Park along with getting a hopefully great meal in Albuquerque and maybe even swinging through Kansas City for a steak (gotta appease the Tramp) on top of seeing a Moonbow, riding the Cherohala Skyway and the roads around Suches, camping at my all-time favorite Campground and getting ribs at Jim’s Smokin’ Que would all make for one hell of a ride.

The more I think about it, the more it appeals.
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I hope that appeases the Tramp for the winter. But it probly won't. Have a safe ride & a great time. I'm planning a ride (to Nova Scotia possibly) with a couple of guys next summer. Not sure of the dates for that one yet, but I do know I'll be riding to south central Washington state for a family reunion in July. On a bike that's gonna turn over 100,000 miles tomorrow.
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John, gotta love the motivation and desire, you go for it!!! Do what you gotta do cause tomorrow isn’t a given.
And Brian, Nova Scotia is on my bucket list, was thinking of running out on the Canadian side of the St.Lawrence then returning on the American. Please keep me posted, thanks.
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If you guys do Nova Scotia a MUST ride is the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island! Ride it both ways! Also take the side trip to the Meat Cove. That's about 10 miles of bumpy gravel but it's worth it. We stopped on the road above and overlooking the cove and saw whales spouting.

If you stop in Sydney, Governor's is a great lunch/dinner spot. I may do NS again this summer and then the ferry to Newfoundland!
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If you guys do Nova Scotia a MUST ride is the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island! Ride it both ways! Also take the side trip to the Meat Cove. That's about 10 miles of bumpy gravel but it's worth it. We stopped on the road above and overlooking the cove and saw whales spouting.

If you stop in Sydney, Governor's is a great lunch/dinner spot. I may do NS again this summer and then the ferry to Newfoundland!
One of the guys was in Nova Scotia this summer. It's him & his brother that I'll be riding with, so we'll have a guide, so to speak. Thanks ChinCactus
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