It was a cool 34°F (1°C) when we set off. We were slightly delayed because the oil in the engine had gotten a bit "thick" since temperatures were below freezing overnight here in New Mexico. Angel Fire is at above 8000 feet in altitude so it gets a bit chilly overnight. The battery on Fiona, though charged, struggled mightily but could not get going before the charge ran down.
I broke out the portable jump starter battery and after a bit of struggling to connect the positive clamp to the battery terminal, finally got Fiona's engine going. I will be adding a battery cable extension to the positive terminal, it's just too tight in terms of room the way I have the battery mounted.
We got underway and twisted and turned our way up US64 West towards the city of Taos. The temperatures were brisk but we were dressed for the ride and I had grip covers to keep my hands warm.
At Taos, we got onto State Highway 68 towards Española, from there it was about 13 more miles on State Highway 30 to Los Alamos itself.
Fall Colors are on the way out in this part of New Mexico
La Mosca Hill (Fly Hill)
A Russian Rig at the Los Alamos main gate....
(Actually, it's just a front to a restroom building, part of a park)
"Does this bomb make me look fat?"
Martha posing by Fat Man
We retraced our route on the way back, temperatures had soared into the 70s by then and it was quite comfortable for riding!
Martha liked the way she managed to capture the clouds in the mirror.
Along the way back, between Española and Taos, we stopped to check out the Black Mesa Winery:
It proved a bit crowded at the tasting bar so Martha elected to keep going. We made it back to the Angel Fire RV Resort by 5:40 PM I think and I am happy to report that not only were we not the slowest vehicle on the road, but Fiona did great all day.
Martha cooked dinner while I installed the extension battery cable to Fiona's battery so we can jump start her easier in the future.
Really, I'm smiling...honest!
After dinner, it was a soak in the big hot tub and relaxing in Umarang afterwards working on this posting. A good day of exploration and riding!