Above Photo: Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Santa Fe

Day 7 Miles: None

Day 8 Miles: 65

Santa Fe, New Mexico to Albuquerque, New Mexico

Santa Fe worked on me like a tonic as I spent the day exploring the town. A new television series, “Graves,” was being filmed, and I caught a glimpse of Nick Nolte. I had lunch at The Thunderbird Grill on The Plaza, then visited the Cathedral:

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The State Capitol:

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The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum:

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And the the town in general:

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That evening I had drinks and dinner with my new friends from Baton Rouge, Gill and Becky. I am really looking forward to seeing them again when I’m in Louisiana. Santa Fe is such a foodie town, and we picked a couple of winners. We had cocktails at Secreto Lounge in the Hotel St. Francis, followed by an amazing dinner at SantaCafé. I finished off the evening with my new friends at the Eagles Hall.

This morning as I was preparing to leave for Albuquerque, I got a text from my friend Kathy, whom I met at the RVW convention Oklahoma. She was in Santa Fe! We had lunch at a Santa Fe institution – The Shed.  It is a James Beard Award-winning restaurant which has been run by the same family since 1953, in a courtyard just off the main square in an adobe building built in about 1692.

Having an impromptu lunch with Kathy and making plans with Gill and Becky to visit them in Louisiana is the culmination of my plan to travel the country. I feel so fortunate – like anything is possible.

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It started raining – my cue to skedaddle. It was a nerve-wracking, one-hour drive to Albuquerque, with wind gusts that pushed Nellie all over the road. Arriving at the RV park, I promptly lost the extra key to the toad, the sewer hose broke (at least it had the decency to break as I was attaching it, and not when I was emptying the tank), and the satellite dish wouldn’t work. My life, while an awful lot of fun, isn’t always charmed!