When the flashing lights of the squad cars made there exit, we walked back out to our bikes to decide what to do. As we stood there, both in a little shock from the ridiculousness that had just ensued, a white Cadillac Escalade rolls in. Inside this pristine Cadillac was an older, grey haired gentleman that immediately showed concern for us. It was clear that I was not in the best of shape, plus the fact that it was freezing cold and we were on our motorcycles. He came to a stop in front of our bikes and asked what was going on. We filled him in on our intro to Albuquerque and our plan to ride to Puerto Vallarta. He was intrigued by both and offered to take us out to eat as a way to show us that not everyone in this town was bad and to hear more about our upcoming adventure. Happy to meet a friendly face we took him up on his offer. We all went to our rooms, unloaded our things and met in the lobby ten minutes later.
From the hotel we took a short walk downtown where we found a casual bar/grill to sit, eat and drink. This was one of those times that makes travel of anysort worthwhile. Instead of sitting around feeling down about the situation, we were very much enjoying ourselves with the help of a stranger. We sat there for a couple of hours trading stories and ideas on all sorts of topics. In fact, this gentleman is who turned me on to the phrase "rocking chair stories", a phrase I still hold on to whenever I find myself in a precarious situation. In addition to treating us to food and drinks, he also arranged for us to park our bikes in the underground employee parking area (it turns out he was a traveling salesman and stayed in that hotel every week) to ensure there safety, then went even further and gave us his Spanish-English dictionary. As the evening came to end we meandered back to the hotel with a few more stops along the way to shoot some pool and taste test some more beer, eventually getting back to our rooms for a good nights sleep.
Day one of our trip proved to be a test of will. We encountered cold, snow, rain and an attempted mugging. We found this all almost humorous because everybody had been warning us about Mexico and nobody mentioned the hazards of Albuquerque. Regardless of what happened on this day, we would not be deterred. Tomorrow would be a new day.