That’s how we discovered the West Rim Trail of the Rio Grande Gorge, a BLM trail that parallels the rim of the steep canyon that plunges 650 feet to the river below. It was a beautiful 10-mile ride; pretty mellow except for the few crazy rocky stretches that require technical skills beyond the ability of my girly bike or me.
I love my bike—it’s a hybrid between a mountain bike and a road bike, which means it’s not the best for either but it’s perfect for my favorite kind of in-between biking. Much to Eric’s dismay, my bike has a nice cushy seat, a bell, and a kickstand. It’s pretty funny when I saddle up on my bike and the only other people on the trail are serious mountain biker dudes. (I know they’re thinking—she’s gonna ride this trail?? On that bike??) But I do!! I just walk some of the really rocky places where I’m likely to bite the dust if I’m riding.
Following our bike ride, we drove a few more miles to the Earthship community. These interesting and artistically fanciful homes are made of recycled and sustainable materials (old tires, bottles, and cans), are completely off the grid and self-sustaining, and are designed to be within the ability of anyone to build. We’re thinking to start saving our beer and wine bottles.
A woman we met at the farmer’s market told us that we shouldn’t miss Arroyo Seco, a small village just a few miles from Taos. We were close by, so we stopped to wander around for a bit, and enjoyed a tasty lunch at Aceq, a small café that creates their menu from ingredients sourced from local farms and ranches.
One of the highlights of our time in Taos was spending an evening with Kim and Rick, friends we met in Ashland while they were traveling full-time in their RV a couple of years ago. We enjoyed a delicious meal of New Mexican green chile chowder and cornbread, accompanied by wine and good conversation. We ended up the evening cozy around their fireplace, with apple pie made with apples from their backyard tree. It was delightful.