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The Best Bike Rental Experience in Albuquerque

July 11th, 2013

If you are coming to Albuquerque, and would rather rent a bike than rent a car, you need to check out Routes Rentals and Tours. If you are renting a car, but considering doing some off-road trekking or touring in the city or out, Routes is there for you too. Specialty Tours? Yup, they’ve got that covered as well.

Routes is located just two miles from our highly rated Adobe Nido Bed and Breakfast, and we will be happy to take you to pick up your bike and pick you up when you return it. They will also deliver bikes to Adobe Nido, and pick them up when you’re done, so no matter what, you’re covered.

Routes Bike Rental Albuquerque We’ve had quite a few of our very awesome guests rave about Routes, as they offer many types of rides, including street bikes, off road bikes, hybrids, electric bikes and more. They also offer fantastic tours and do-it-yourself information to customize your own experience here in the Duke City and surrounding areas.

We even have some guests who are renting bikes to attend the Albuquerque Ballooon Fiesta this year. If you are a biking enthusiast, you owe it to yourself to check out Routes. They’re definitely the best in Burque. Check out their website for the most up to date tour info.

Some of their Specialty Tours coming up…

Bikes and Brews – For those who love the suds
Biking BaD – For Breaking Bad Fans
Winery Bike Tour – No whining!

Albuquerque is a very bike friendly City and has been voted one of the Best Biking Cities in America. Routes has been voted #1 for Bike Rentals in Albuquerque. A winning combination folks. Do it! And consider Routes, I wouldn’t steer you wrong. Just remember us when you talk to them, and let them know we sent you! They do have lodging packages with a few other places, but I know you’ll have a better time with us, and we’re closer! Why aren’t we packaging with Routes? We are independent cusses, and they never asked!

Some other bonuses…we have a safe and secure place to keep your bikes, a very laid-back atmosphere, huge jetted tubs to soak your bones after a day of riding, and a Finnish sauna to sooth your body and soul. No one else has all that, not even for twice the price. To make it even better, the #1 day spa in Albuquerque is just a half mile away and full service groceries and liquor are just around the corner. What are you waiting for!

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Telling everyone about the best things to do in Albuquerque!
Sarah Dolk, Adobe Nido Bed & Breakfast
Expert on Destination Albuquerque and Central New Mexico!

A Hydrangea Grows in Burque

June 16th, 2013

hydrangea bonsai in training Those who know me well or read this blog know I like to screw around with plants. I like growing them, but I’ll experiment too. As if our southwestern climate of intense heat, low humidity and elevation at nearly a mile high in Albuquerque wasn’t enough, I also tortured plants for a few years as a budding bonsai novice.  Now I just coax plants back from near death as our harsh winter approaches each year in late fall.

Never say never is my plant mantra.

I did an impulse buy at the supermarket last summer and bought a blue hydrangea. Hyacinth, hibiscus, hyssop…these words usually all roll past my lips before I can come up with the name, hydrangea, I guess an affliction of my age. No matter.

I bought it because it was blue and I like blue flowers. After reading up a bit on hydrangeas I come to find that you must feed them iron to get pink ones to turn blue. Must be true, because you can see they are indeed pink.Hydrangea flower

They kind of resemble a bonsai too. The little pine bonsai you see being sold on street corners are not the only kind of plant you can bonsai. Fruit trees, elms, oaks and flowering plants are all used to create bonsai as well. Most any plant can be manipulated. Heck, most any thing can be manipulated as is evidence at the beach in the summer. Think about it.

The very first flower this one had this spring was the size of a dime. Wish I had taken a photo. I also wished I had stuck a rusty nail in it, or at very least, a Geritol pill. Iron poor tired blood = pink instead of blue hydrangea. This is how I have to remember things these days. Word associations. Old commercials. Whatever.

Enjoy your summer!Pink Hydrangea bonsai I sure have a fun time in Albuquerque!

Sarah Dolk, Adobe Nido Bed & Breakfast
Expert on Destination Albuquerque and Central New Mexico!

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