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Quemado

2014-07-13

tl;dr: Oh look, more elk. I biked into Quemado where I will spend the week.

I climbed out of my tent and hit the road. It was cold. I kept on most of my layers even for the first hour of peddling uphill. It only took a few hours to get into Quemado, where I stopped at the Largo Motel and Restaurant where I will spend the week.

Something I've noticed about restaurants in New Mexico: the waitress almost never brings you the check. It is just waiting for you at the cash register. So you're never completely sure how to tip, and it becomes awkward.

In Quemado, all of the businesses have small gas or wood-burning stoves. The only grocery store is also part warehouse, part museum. Everybody knows everybody else, and what everybody else is doing. The nearest town of any size is Pie Town, 20 miles distance. The nearest town with pizza is 45 miles away in Arizona. By the end of my stay there, all of the locals who came into the restaurant for breakfast knew me. When the waitress was gone I'd grab the coffee pot and re-fill everybody.

good morning elk


more elk


not Castle Rock, but easier to photograph




heading into Quemado


typical forecast


storms behind Quemado


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