|El Santuario de Chimayo|
For most that choose to undertake the pilgrimage, the trek to El Santuario begins just north of Pojoaque. From here the road to Chimayo is maybe 14 miles. The more adventurous (often those seeking a greater level of devotion or religious piety) will begin closer to Santa Fe, leaving Thursday evening and walking through the night. Some literally bare crosses that they've fashioned together for their journey. Though less common, solitary pilgrims can be seen earlier in the week making the journey north along I-25 from places as far south as Bernalillo. A remarkable image of humility and grace.
|Early morning, along the ditches of the Rio Grande|
|East near Cochiti and Tetilla|
But this is where a few big-mile guys from these parts approached the Santuario pilgrimage with a new vision. Why not run it? An all day trek from Santa Fe is then shortened to several hours. If it's viewed as a run, why not add a few miles so it can be run off-road? And the leap-of-logic coup de grace - if we're going to run from Santa Fe why not just run it all the way in from Albuquerque?
And that's what they did. Friends Espo and Houghton routed a course from the north valley of Albuquerque along the ditches and Indian Service Roads, up and over La Bajada and the path of the Camino Real, across the Caja del Rio, then east along the Rio Tesuque in Jacona and up the into the foothills of Nambe, finally turning north once more through the ghostly barrancas to the Santuario.
|Marc framed by the Jemez skyline|
|Kris stands on the La Bajada cliff bands, Sandia skyline|
|The Nambe Barrancas and the last segment to El Santuario|
|random shot of Espo looking like a badass|
Espo's original run-report here
- La Luz Trail Run Recap - 2013
- Fair Chase, Antelope Hunting on Foot
- Armijo Runs to an Olympic Trials Qualifier
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