Location = To Sandia Crest and Back Distance = 70.10 Time = 7:10:29 Ave. Speed = 9.7 Max. Speed = 39.5 Monthly Dist. = 70.10 Yearly Dist. = 599.83
I left the house at 8:00 in the morning, and the temps were already in the 70s. It was going to be a hot day. Albuquerque reached 100 degrees and it was the earliest day of the year that that has ever happened. I didn't need a jacket but I brought one along, just in case. You never know what can happen at 10,000 feet, but I wouldn't need it today.
Lots of people were out early, walking and jogging and biking on the trail. When I returned later in the heat of the day, the trail was deserted. I made my way down to Central, through Tijeras Canyon, and then Cedar Crest, and took a break at my spot. There was still some water flowing in the creek which was nice to see. I haven't been to the store yet to get more PowerBars so all I had to eat were a couple of apples. I scarfed one down and then began the long climb.
I was tired when I got up to the Capulin Snow Play Area and I stopped for another break. The road was closed to cars for some reason. I guess the Forest Service didn't want anybody having a picnic there. I went under the gate and found a nice picnic table in the shade where I took a break and ate my other apple. Apples don't have as much energy in them as PowerBars do. I was missing the denser carbs that I get but from PowerBars, but apples were better than nothing. I continued up to the top and even got some words of encouragement as I closed in on my destination. A guy leaned out of his car and said, "You're almost there!"
I finally reached the top and only stayed long enough to look at the thermometer and see what the temperature was. It was a very comfortable 63 degress. As I descended down the mountain, the temperature rose. It was in the mid-90s by the time I got to the gas station. That was a blast. I refilled my water and ate a candy bar and then headed back to town. It kept getting hotter and hotter the closer I got to Albuquerque. The only creatures that I saw on the Tramway Trail were a couple of prairie dogs and a road runner. The people had all retreated into their air conditioning.
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