After our day exploring Bandelier National Monument, we retreated to the Plaza in Santa Fe for refreshment and nourishment. We found both, and a wonderful view of the Plaza, on the balcony at the Thunderbird Bar and Grill.
While eating and drinking we had a pleasant and philosophical visit with a local couple regarding the benefits of travel, exercise, and preferences.
And then we spied a fully-loaded BMW GS enter the Plaza, with a hi-viz helmeted couple aboard. We strained to see where they went through the trees, but it appeared they parked near our bikes, across the Plaza.
We finished our meals, drinks, and chat and strolled back to the bikes. Aha, the other bike was still there and it was from Brazil! 😲
I proceeded to take a few photos, of course!
Ok, I was hooked!
About that time, the riders arrived and introductions were made all around. We were all so excited to meet fellow riders from far away!
Turns out that Claudio and Cris are from Brasilia, Brazil, and are on sabbatical and have ridden from Brazil to Ushuaia, and are now touring the US on their way to Alaska!!! We have traveled on our bikes, but not like this! We have such deep respect for an epic trip like theirs.
We have really enjoyed seeing their posts, sharing must-see places, and keeping in touch this past week. If you’d like to follow their adventures too, here are their links:
You just never know who you’ll meet on the road…be open to the chance encounter, it will enhance your life too!