August 17, 18 and 19, 2012

Location =  Sandia Peak  
Distance =  25.82
Time =  2:53:37
Ave. Speed =  8.9
Max. Speed =  23.5
Monthly Dist. =    182.09
Yearly Dist. =  855.23

Three more rides down the mountain this weekend. I went down twice on King and once on Golden. On the ride down Golden Eagle a grouse flew up out of the grass near the bottom. On my Sunday ride down King of the Mountain I got a flat tire about two-and-a-half miles from the bottom. I couldn't get my co2 inflator to work so I was glad that I still had a pump with me. I put in just enough air to get me down the mountain and I took it easy the rest of the way back in.

There was an amazing sight that happened this weekend. It wasn't on a bike ride but it happened while I was working on Sunday which was before a ride.

I've been working on the weekends at the top of the chairlift at Sandia Peak which is at elevation 10,300 feet. Around lunchtime on Sunday a very dark cloud formed out in front of us and we watched as wisps of cloud began to swirl around and lower themselves from the main cloud. It was obvious that a funnel cloud was beginning to form. Very gradually the column that was reaching down from the cloud grew larger and larger and after a while it became surrounded with a very powerful looking rainstorm. It was awesome!

This is a picture of a funnel cloud that was taken from just above us by the High Finance restaurant. It was taken by Michelle Crowder and sent in to KRQE news. That's me on the right in the white socks and shorts and black shirt under my t-shirt. I was very surprised to see myself on FOX news.

We shut down the chairlift for about an hour and a half as a precaution, but then the storm faded and life returned back to normal.

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