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Albuquerque...1400 Miles to Paradise...

Posted Oct 02 2008 4:23pm

It didn’t take much to convince me that the shitty Cincinnati weather and the mediocrity that defines the city would have me deciding to move 1400 miles winding down most of historic Route 66 to the high mountain desert of Albuquerque, NM. For those of you that forgot your geography New Mexico is part of the United States and has got to be the most beautiful state in the union.

If you’ve never been to Albuquerque…it is not a desert like; sand, dead things in the middle of nowhere, tumbleweeds and cacti as the only vegetation. There are more green trees and grass then I saw in Cincinnati. There are 320 parks and my back yard boasts the Sandia Mountains as its Sky Line.

There are way more “fit” people here then “fat” people here and everyone says “hi” to you for absolutely no reason except that you just happen to be passing them by. Albuquerque has become one of the more progressive cities that I have seen. Unlike Cincinnati, the police are actually able to do their job and keep criminals off the streets. It’s amazing what a real strong Mayor and an aggressive, safety conscious Police Chief can accomplish. The ABQ Journal in cooperation with the APD highlight all the arrests made to help keep the public informed. Check it out: ABQ Arrest Report

One of the greatest things about Albuquerque is that you are one within 10 minutes from anywhere to the Sandia Mountains and they are an awesome site to be had. You won’t believe this but there are sidewalks everywhere and bike paths on every single road in case you feel like getting off your ass and walking or biking somewhere. It isn't unheard of to catch a Road Runner trekking across your back yard with some eviscerated prey in it's beak and to hear Coyote among the humming of the traffic.

Just in case that wasn’t enough… the sun comes out 320 days out of the year…yes you heard me 320 days out of the year and when it rains, it rains hard for a while and then the sun comes back out. I love it. I don’t think there is any better place on earth then this paradise at 5500 feet above sea level.

For the next few blog posts I will deviate from my fitness rants and show you more of the place I call home.

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