Day 6 -- rest day in Albuquerque
We took Saturday as a rest and bike-maintenance day while in Albuquerque.
Saturday morning, even after all ice melted, we found the bikes to be encrusted in reddish, crumbly silt, and it occurred to us it might be prudent to get the grime and any road salt rinsed off, as well as an oil and air filter change. We took them in to Sandia BMW
, where they squeezed us in between a bunch of maintenance being done on several police bikes. There, they told us the red stuff is a mineral salt mined elsewhere in New Mexico, and used in place of road salt. It is also considered to be highly corrosive
Sandia BMW treated us very well, and the dealership itself was a really pleasant place to spend a couple of hours in front of the fireplace, drinking coffee, reading magazines, and plotting the next legs of the route. They even have a rooftop 'lawn' with a view of the Sandia ridge, although, notably, the grass is fake!
Saturday around sunset, we rode the Sandia Peak tram
, the world's longest tramway. On the ground it was in the high 30s; at 10,000+ feet on Sandia Peak, it was eight degrees with twenty knot winds, so needless to say, our stay outside the tram shelter was brief!