Friday, May 16, 2014
Bike, Brew, and Beyond - Day 1
Picked up a printed schedule of events. Asked one of the volunteers if the River Trail might be a better on for me to ride. He agreed.
Back to the room and a nap (had not slept well). By 11am, it was starting to warm up, so stated preparing for a bike ride. See http://naugabike.blogspot.com/2014/05/santa-fe-river-trail.html for details of the ride.
The party started at 4pm with the After Work Party. Add in a beer fest with handmade bicycle vendors at the venue. For your $10 entree fee to the beer fest, we got a commemorative pint beer glass and a ticket for the first pint of beer. We could sample a pint of the craft beers of several breweries in the area. Unfortunately, none of them had an amber ale - my preference.
Eventually, I found the outside picnic tables to rest my legs. Had a nice conversation with a guy that grew-up in Peoria IL area, spent much time living in Tucson, AZ and now lives in Santa Fe. The crowd was increasing and noise was louder.
I had planned to eat at the rail yard. First preference was The Junction - knowing what I was get there. But, my legs said to select a closer place.
Squeezed into a seat at the bar of Second Street Brewery. Had my second pint. Again, nothing close to an amber ale. got a pint of a beer the bartender recommended. Was OK. Use it to wash down a cheeseburger and fries.
The railroad plaza stage was jumping. There were vendors set up on the plaza. I took a few photos. But, i was ready to get to the car and into my motel room. Had to take a couple rest break getting to the car. Back at the room, the lower volume was welcomed.