I turned down this alley in Albuquerque’s Old Town on a bike ride this morning, amazed that I’d never noticed it before.
I spend a lot of time on the bike. I’m long past my youthful zoomy lifestyle, but in my slow and plodding way I have come to deeply value my time wandering Albuquerque. My friend Maria Lane (an actual professor of geography) calls it “geography by bike”. It’s based on a “what happens if we turn left here” approach to my city, and this year I logged 4,400 miles of it, nearly all here in Albuquerque. After a few years of working too hard and riding too little, it’s rejuvenated my view of my city. And me. Remember that feeling of freedom when you were a kid and grabbed a sack lunch and rode off to wherever?
And yes, I know the number of miles. Yes, I am a geek. Yes, I GPS every ride.
And I try to hit all the alleys.