From Taos to to Route 66, Edgewood, NM

The next morning we packed up our bikes and suddenly we found oil leaking from Pedro's bike. Yes …it was transmission oil. No sevice for the bike in Taos, so we called Mark and he suggested Albuquerque BMW service.

He immediately contacted them and made sure we would be helped at our arrival.

We rented a Uhaul trailer in Taos and fortunately having Alberto's driving with us,  we could continue our trip to Albuquerque. We dropped of the bike at the Sandia BMW dealer where they would repair the transmission.

Collen was waiting for us at the dealer and from there we went to her house and had dinner with them.

Route 66 was to their home…..

Mark had made reservation at a nice B&B for us, was in short distance from their place.

…our rooms...

A view from our friends place

We had one extra day so we took a tour to the Quarai Mission Ruins, but drove first through the Manzano Valley and stopped at the little town of Manzano to get some cold drinks.


arrived at Quarai Mission Ruins visitor center

The Quarai ruins at Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, located near the land grant community of Manzano, were once home to 300 to 400 Tiwa pueblo-dwellers and feature a massive sandstone church. More than 300 years ago, a Tiwa pueblo near the modern-day village of Manzano was a bustling center of trade and one of the few places in North America where Native Americans were met by Europeans. At Quarai, the church once known as Nuestra Señora de La Purisima Concepcion de Cuarac, stands about 40 feet tall, with walls three to six feet wide. The church at Quarai was built during the late 1620s or early 1630s and still includes its original buttresses and some original plaster. It was abandoned in 1677 after a combination of drought, disease and Apache raids drove the residents from the area. Artifacts ranging from Spanish spear heads to pottery shards have been found among the ruins. Most of the pueblo remains unexcavated, and Fulfer said that makes the park vulnerable to visitors who wander off the gray gravel trail.

Submitted by: Tyson Woodul

QUARI. Tigua Indian, kwa-ri. Site of a spanish mission 10 mi NW of Mountainair. Founded in 1629; now in ruins. The remains of the old church are the most imposing left standing of the 'cities that died of fear.' The stone walls were over 60 ft high and 5 or 6 ft thick, but have crumbled to 20 ft in height. This was a Tiwa pueblo which was abandoned between 1671 and 1680 when the road to Salina was blocked by Apache Indians. Created a state monument in 1935.

`Submitted by: Samuel W McWhorter

…near the little creek a large cottonwood tree are giving a nice shade...

…spring is here and all is in bloom...

This young owl chick was laying on the ground in the church

After this visit we continued to Collen and Mark' house where they where waiting for us.

© Nina Boonacker 2012