September 23, 2012

Location =  To Sandia Crest and Back  
Distance =  59.06
Time =  5:48.54
Ave. Speed =  10.1
Max. Speed =  41.0
Monthly Dist. =    155.78
Yearly Dist. =  1074.60

I have been very bad about writing down my bike rides. This one is long overdue.

One thing about this ride that was fantastic was the weather. I could not have asked for a nicer day, especially since it was the end of September. It was sunny and warm with temps in the lower elevations in the upper 80s. Beautiful!

I left the house around 8:00 in the morning and headed down the mountain. It was already warm enough that I wasn't going to need my jacket. I rode down to the freeway and then through Cedar Crest to my break spot at the Y. After a brief break I started the long climb. There was a medium amount of car traffic on the road since it was a Sunday, but there were hardly any other bike riders. Only one guy passed me on the way up and there were only a couple of other riders that I passed on the way down.

I climbed up to Capulin and took a fairly long break while I was there. I was just enjoying the day and in no particular hurry to get on with the ride. Eventually I got back on the bike and finished the climb to the top. I stayed at the top just long enough to dry out a little bit and then I headed down. It was 62 degrees up there which was warm enough that I wasn't going to need my jacket on the downhill.

Since it was a Sunday, Pinkies was not open and I had to settle for stopping at the gas station to refill my water and get a candy bar. No awesome burrito on this ride. After a few minutes inside I got back on the bike and headed for home. I somehow managed to bump the bike computer around Tunnel Canyon and I didn't notice that it wasn't working until somewhere around Otero. I pushed it back in but I lost a mile or so. I was sorry to have that happen because I was making pretty good time.

This was Streak Ride #93 and the number does have some special significance. 93 is the number of Streak Rides that I made up Canfield, outside of Coeur d'Alene in northern Idaho, before I moved down to New Mexico. I have always been a little disappointed that I wasn't able to reach 100. It's looking good that I will make it to 100 in New Mexico.

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