2009/03/21

Location =  To Sandia Crest and Back  
Distance =  70.49
Time =  7:22:03
Ave. Speed =  9.5
Max. Speed =  39.5
Monthly Dist. =    89.95
Yearly Dist. =  233.79

Streak ride #51 is in the books, and I am now on the downhill side of #100. Only 49 more to go.

I do need to get better at recording these rides. As usual I am weeks behind. My excuse is that I had pictures that I wanted to include, and I misplaced my camera. That's really lame.

The ride was a struggle but I took my time and toughed it out. The day turned out to be very nice, so at least I had that going for me.

I left the house around 8:00 a.m. and the sun was already beginning to warm things up. Temps were probably in the 40s. I cruised down Tramway, then through Tijeras Canyon, and then I headed through Cedar Crest. As I neared the Y a bunch of old Model T type cars began to pass me. They all pulled in to the Automotive Shop just before the gas station, so I decided to follow them and snap a picture or two. That's not something that you see every day.

I continued on to the crest highway and took a break before I began the long climb. As I was making the climb I saw a coconut sitting by the side of the road. That seemed like an unusual thing to see at 8000 feet, so I stopped and put it in my backpack. When I got home I took this picture of it. I put it in some water and I'm hoping that it's going to sprout. I can now add a coconut to the long list of weird things that I have found while out on a ride.

Due to lack of fitness I had to stop a couple of times on the way up to keep from passing out. I finally pulled in to the parking lot at the top, and rested for a few minutes by the gift shop. The temperature at the top was 40 degress, and it felt downright warm. It could have been worse. It could have been 20 degrees. I headed back down and thoroughly enjoyed the descent, as the temperature seemed to rise every minute. By the time I got to the bottom it was 75 degrees. Wonderful!

I took a break at the gas station where I sucked down a Gatorade, refilled my water, and then headed for home. The ride back through the canyon was a pleasure. It wasn't even windy. If I could only get in a few more rides each month, ALL OF THIS wouldn't be so hard.



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