6 Jul 2015
Words and Photos by Wes McGrath
When you're visiting a new city to ride, it seems as though without even trying the city will shine down it’s true colors in no time. Learning the area first hand and keeping in mind rumors you may or may not believe, to possibly get a sense of what to expect from this unknown terrain… Next thing you know, your right in the middle of some antics, which confirm or deny what you were thinking. Take Albuquerque for instance, it is a city full of rumors, which doesn't necessarily positively reinforce the good name of the most largely populated city in New Mexico. Never the less, it's all about personal experience, right? Well for this specific trip, the Mutiny team came through town for 10 days and definitely found out first hand what this place is all about! Dealing with the spring weather of wind and rain during the month of April, Mutiny found themselves in a classic episode of the critically acclaimed T.V. series, 'Breaking Bad', on any given street corner all over the city there is an abundance of homelessness, drug addicts and crazed individuals such as a certain motel owner trying to pick a fight with Navaz for being a simple 'tourist'..
How do you write an accurate story about a town you grew up in, about a bunch of guys who haven’t ever been to that particular city before, to portray their experience first hand? Well, it seems as my observations would be somewhat biased, so I thought to properly convey the whirlpool of an experience such as this Mutiny Trip in Albuquerque, I would look through the eyes of some of those who the trip impacted the most, the riders… Justin Simpson, Andy Martinez, Jeff Wescott, Mariano Santiago and Grant Castelluzzo.
"This trip was an awesome experience for me, I had a great time! All the spots out in ABQ blew my mind, all the ditches were absolute dream spots... The team guys are all pretty laid back dudes as well giving me a good enviorment to be able to ride!" - MARIANO SANTIAGO
This spring's Mutiny trip was really amazing, there was definitely not a shortage of tweakers, Breaking Bad tourism, and the Coyote 102.5 radio station! We were fortunate enough to be able to hit the wide variety of spots that Albuquerque had to offer! - JUSTIN SIMPSON
In my opinion, the most important part is when everyone can keep on smiling! It's amazing when a handful of people, who rarely see each other throughout the year, come together and create such an awesome project so organically. - JEFF WESCOTT
Just the ability to be able to come out to New Mexico and see the crew brings something different to the table, opening my mind to new ideas and possibilities creating a vibe that uplifts everyone's energy! ...Amazing ditches, street spots, and surreal desert mountain scenery. Even though I had been injured for a few days on the trip, those days were very healing thanks to our trip to the hot springs! The trip felt really good on many levels in my life. - ANDY MARTINEZ
Everyone is stoked to be on their bikes and see their friends do cool shit. I hope that is apparent when you watch the video. My favorite part about this team is that we all do things completely differently but we all are having a blast doing it. - Grant Castelluzo
Justin Simpson, Andy Martinez, Jeff Wescott, Mariano Santiago, and Grant Castelluzzo - More Info
Chaos at The Crossroads Motel with Navaz and Mutiny Bikes in ABQ
"Now, the cat has used up his ninth life." - Scott Towne