20080901

Location =  To Sandia Crest and Back  
Distance =  77.28
Time =  6:40:01
Ave. Speed =  11.5
Max. Speed =  38.5
Monthly Dist. =    77.28
Yearly Dist. =  2819.36

The climb up to Sandia Crest is now complete, for the 45th month in a row. I met up with Anthony for this one, and it was nice having some company, for a change. We met up at about 8:00am at the the start of highway 313 to Bernalillo, and rode to highway 550, and began the climb up through Placitas.

Anthony was riding fast, and I was working hard trying to keep him in sight. He waited at the start of the climb up the dirt road, and then he left me behind. I was going to say that he left me in the dust, but it had rained the day before, and the road was damp, so there wasn't any dust. Anthony was waiting again by the crest highway, and we decided to climb the road up to the gift shop rather than King of the Mountain up to the Tram, because the rain would probably have made that trail full of mud.

We finished the climb up to the crest, and I managed to stay with Anthony for the entire climb, which wasn't easy. On the way up a cloud appeared above us, and then it blew down onto the road and enveloped us in its mist. It was beautiful, and I thought about stopping and trying to get a picture of it, but it didn't last long enough to make it worthwhile. Once at the crest, we went inside the gift shop to rest up for a few minutes, and then we headed down the mountain. Anthony went out ahead of me, but I caught him on one of the curves, and surprised him when I flew on by. We stopped at the Shell station at the bottom to get more water, and then we headed back through Cedar Crest. Another rider left the gas station when we did, and he tried to keep up with us, but we dropped him on the first climb, and never saw him again.

As we headed back through Tijeras Canyon, Anthony dropped me, and I didn't see him again until Tramway and Indian School, where he stopped to wait up. We headed to our respective houses from there, to get cleaned up for a Labor Day steak barbeque up our house in Sandia Heights.

The day started out cool, with temps in the 60s, and a thick blanket of clouds hugging the crest, but the sun burned off the clouds, and the day warmed up into the 80s.

Great ride! Thanks Anthony!



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