29 March 2009
WALKABOUT '09 - DAY 1 - MILE 01 - NON-SMOKER
Day one: Albuquerque.
My buddy Travis got into town and we checked into the Number One motel in the city, the 70s chic Monterey Non-Smokers Motel on Route 66.
The Monterrey is ranked number one* on TripAdvisor.com, even over the ritzy Embassy Suites. Money for value this place is not bad at all.
With my AAA membership card it is only $58 a night. The place does have a 1970s feel but it is very clean, comfortable and convenient PLUS free wi-fi!! The owner Henry is from Poland, thus the 'European Hospitality' sign out in front.
After checking in we went to the Old Town section of the city and had dinner at the Hacienda. It was ok... not bad but just ok.
Afterwards we drove up to the crest... Sandia Peak from the east side. Beautiful drive. We made it there at sunset.
Tomorrow we head north to Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Brewing Company to see new folk/pop singer Brett Dennen.
Of course, I'll keep you posted as much as possible and when the hotel we are in has wi-fi.