This day was an easy and enjoyable ride up to Farmington in the northwest corner of New Mexico. It started with 20 miles of I-25, also known as the Pan American Freeway on some maps. Then onto Hwy 550 north, which accounted of most of the day’s ride, and finishing with a little tag of Hwy 64 west into Farmington. Rain threatened for the first half of the day but never developed into more than an occasional sprinkle. Much of the ride was within or near Apache and Navajo Nation Reservations.
I had lunch at the Cuba Cafe in the village of…Cuba. I was the only non-American Indian in the restaurant other than one of the waitresses. I felt, and am sure I looked, conspicuously out of place…like I did in the small farming town cafes in the Midwest. But after I adjusted to the fact that nobody seemed to care if I was there, I settled into the place and enjoyed watching the people come and go. There were all ages, both genders, families and workers. I couldn’t have happened into a better place to have lunch. I would love to have taken pictures, but that would have been inappropriate. I’ll just have to hope the memory stays with me.