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The Pie Way -- The long stretch of highway on U.S. 60 between Socorro and Quemado offers few islands on its vast sea of grass. One of them is Pie Town. In the 1920s, a Texan named Clyde Norman settled here, started baking and selling pies, and his talent won the town a name. It has even been written up in Smithsonian Magazine. Set along the Continental Divide, today the Pie-O-Neer cafe, on U.S. 60 (tel. 575/772-2711; www.pie-o-neer.com) offers up a treat worth clocking the miles for. The cafe bakes a variety of types -- with their specialty apple -- daily. Simple meals, such as burgers and green chile stew, are offered as well. The town's Pie Festival takes place in mid-September.

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