2009/08/06

Location =  To Sandia Crest and Back  
Distance =  70.04
Time =  7:12:16
Ave. Speed =  9.7
Max. Speed =  41.0
Monthly Dist. =    70.04
Yearly Dist. =  697.36

Streak Ride #56 is now complete.

The monthly crawl to the top the crest was a little bit easier this month when compared to the last couple of months, due to a major hike that I undertook last weekend. I was celebrating the accomplishment of moving up to a higher speed in class by spending the weekend in the Gila Wilderness Area, and on one of the days I decided to hike out to a hot springs. The hike was six and a half miles each way, and the last two miles included crossing the river 15 times in each direction. My legs were aching when I was finished, but it helped get them ready for this climb to the top of the mountain.

I left pretty early in the morning, before 8 a.m., and the day was looking very beautiful. The sun was out and the air was already beginning to warm. I took my time and made it to my break spot where I chowed down on a PowerBar and then began the ascent. Somewhere between Tree Spring and the ski area I stopped to take this picture of the green mountainside. In a couple of months that mountainside will be red and golden and I'll see if I can get a picture of it then to contrast the difference.

I continued climbing at a steady pace and only needed a short rest at 10,000 feet to recharge a little bit. The sky was beginning to cloud up and I wanted to keep moving. I made it up to the gift shop where it was 58 degrees. It was almost cold enough for a jacket but not quite. The descent to the bottom was fun as usual, and it was 90 degrees down there. Nice!

I filled up on water at the gas station and then headed for home. I battled a pretty good headwind through Tijeras Canyon and lots of clouds were building up. It rained a tiny bit just as I got back to Albuquerque, but it wasn't enough to get me wet. I was wanting to get back to the house and not have any flat tires because, once again I had forgotten my pump. That seems to be one of the pitfalls of using different backpacks for different rides. Sometimes not everything gets transferred. Anyway, I did manage to make it and all was well.



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