20080719

Location =  Sandia Peak Ski Area  
Distance =  15.85
Time =  2:36:23
Ave. Speed =  6.0
Max. Speed =  19.1
Monthly Dist. =    221.86
Yearly Dist. =  2353.84

I drove over to the ski area with a plan to climb up the King of the Mountain Trail, twice.

I got there around 9:00am in the morning, and I began heading up the mountain. A couple of young guys started out just ahead of me, and it seemed like they were trying too hard to stay in front. About a mile from the parking lot, one of the guys was off of his bike and sucking wind. They were going to have a major struggle to make it to the top.

The trail was a little bit wet from yesterday's rains, and the the rocks and sticks were slippery. I spun out on a couple of the curves. At least there weren't too many spots that were muddy, well, not on the way up.

As I neared the top, I was in my own little world, and not paying very close attention to what I was doing. Somehow, I managed to miss a turn of the trail the would have taken me to the top, and instead, I found myself heading downhill. I was now on the Golden Eagle Trail, and returning to the Base. I decided that this was no big deal, since I was going to make another climb anyway, so I headed for the bottom. The downhill trail had substantially more spots the were muddy, than the uphill trail did, and combined with the extra speed generated by going downhill, I managed to get myself and my bike, pretty well covered in mud. I hate when that happens. I tried to slow down a little bit, but it didn't do much good.

I made it back to the parking lot, and after a short break to eat a power bar, and refill my water, I headed back up for the second climb. About a mile into the climb, I noticed that some scary dark clouds were beginning to form, high up on the mountain. The last thing that I wanted to do was to get rained on. I had brought along a windbreaker, which was sitting in the car, not doing me any good. After another mile, the clouds were bigger and scarier, so I decided to bail out on the ride, and try again another day.

Oh well...



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