20080517

Location =  To Tijeras and Back  
Distance =  51.69
Time =  3:24:48
Ave. Speed =  15.2
Max. Speed =  40.0
Monthly Dist. =    260.49
Yearly Dist. =  1569.98

This was a weird ride. I headed out from the house to go and get the mail, and it was a fairly nice day. Temps were in the 60s, and I didn't even bother to take a jacket along. As I was heading through Tijeras Canyon, I could see some dark, scary looking clouds forming over the mountains, exactly where I was heading. I passed a woman along the way, and I said to her that I hoped it wasn't going to rain. She said that it wasn't supposed to rain until the afternoon, which gave me a little bit of hope.

I turned up S337 to make the climb up to Raven Rd. The wind started to pick up, and the temperature began to fall. The dark clouds above me appeared to be heading off to the west, and small amounts of blue sky started to peek out. I was nervous that I was going to get rained on halfway into the ride, and mad at myself for not bringing along a jacket. As I approached Raven Rd., the road showed signs of recent rain, but it missed me. I picked up the mail, and then went over to the home of my new renters, and picked up a deposit check from them. They seem like nice people who will take good care of the place, and pay the rent on time.

I didn't stick around very long at the top of the mountain, and headed back down in a hurry to get closer to home, and back into warmer temperatures. The ride back through Tijeras Canyon was a blast, because I had a powerful tailwind, that blew me along at lightspeed. That was nice, for a change.

I headed back up Tramway, the tailwind turned into a headwind, and the dark, scary clouds were back again, exactly where I was heading. When I got to Spain, it began to rain lightly, and when I passed Academy, it began to pour. I was only a few miles from the house, so even though I was getting soaked, I was just glad that it hadn't started raining an hour earlier.

I turned up Live Oak to go back to the house, and in less than a hundred yards, it stopped raining, and the street was dry. Very weird.



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