May 22, 2011

Location =  Tijeras, NM  
Distance =  18.31
Time =  2:19:50
Ave. Speed =  7.8
Max. Speed =  41.0
Monthly Dist. =    78.95
Yearly Dist. =  466.91

I am feeling very sad. We had to put our dog to sleep yesterday, and even though it was the right thing to do, it was a very difficult thing to do. She was 15 years old which is pretty old for a big dog, and over those years we shared huge amounts of love.

I couldn't stay in the house because her presence was overwhelming me, so I decided to go for a bike ride and take her with me in my heart. I dusted off the full suspension mountain bike, put some air in the tires and some lube on the chain, and then headed out to Oak Flat. It had been so long since I had been over there that I forgot where the trail was that led to the Albuquerque Open Space Area. I had to go out to the main road to find my way and I doubled back so that I would know where it was for next time. The last time I rode in the Open Space was a few years ago and they were doing some logging there at the time. It was pretty torn up then but it's looking much better now. I made the loop around the area and then came back out at Oak Flat. I wasn't ready to go back to the house yet so I rode over to Anaya and came out at the Ponderosa Restaurant. From there I rode back on the highway and then turned in at Kuhn Road and made my way through the neighborhood and back to Raven Road.

It was a nice day with temps around 80 degrees. I saw a gal jogging in the Open Space Area and a couple of guys were out walking their dogs. It reminded me of K.D. and how much I miss her. I will be missing her for a long time. She was the Best Dog!!!

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