The group ride today was to the Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos. The group was to set out at 10:00 AM following Badger and Susan's Ranger truck. We, with Sherm and VSP as passengers, were tapped to be the sweep vehicle, following the group after blocking traffic as we left the parking lot. Cheap B, in Wanda's VW, shared the blocking duty. There were about 26 bikes along with the three quadracycles in the procession, and we stayed remarkable well together all the way to Los Alamos.
The Bradbury Science Museum, the public face of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, was free. They had exhibits about the work there to develop nuclear fission and the atomic bomb during World War II, as well as other development work done since then and continuing to this day. There were interactive exhibits as well as static displays.
Everyone was on their own for lunch and the return trip to Taos. Some ate in Los Alamos, but we left and headed for Espanola to see what we could find. After looking around, we discovered Angelina's, purveyors of fine New Mexican and American food. And fine it was. Sherm said the chili relleno was as good as he has ever had, while the open face roast beef sandwiches with gravy, mushrooms and mashed potatoes that Sandy and I had were memorable. VSP got me a tamale, since I had never had one, and got flautas for Sandy to sample.
Happily stuffed, we continued on to Taos. There were raindrops and gusty winds part of the way and the temperature drop from 94 to 72 the last twenty miles. We came through town using the back streets to avoid traffic on the Paseo's.
Back at the hotel, we visited for the rest of the afternoon. The WiFi got progressively worse, so we took a break and talked about old TV shows, movies and comedians. Most of the group decided to go the the Guadalajara Restaurant for Mexican supper (Lanny found out there were two locations), but Sherm, Coyote, Sandy and I just went to Baskin-Robbins for ice cream.
After supper, we gathered at the circle for a demonstration of native dancing by members of the local Taos Pueblo. At the end, they even coaxed a few of our members to join in.
Sandy with Southern Charm and Southern Draw
After the dances, we visited while the ladies adjourned for lemon drops. It rained a bit, so we moved under the overhang behind the dining room. Sandy and I wandered back to the room about 10:00, found the WiFi unusable, and went to bed.
Today' Route (129 Equinox miles):