June 5, 2013
Location = To Sandia Crest and Back Distance = 61.52 Time = 6:20:42 Ave. Speed = 9.7 Max. Speed = 39.5 Monthly Dist. = 72.74 Yearly Dist. = 514.28
Streak Ride #102 is done and not a moment too soon. The forest will be completely closed after this weekend but at least I have the month of June over with. I'll worry about July when July gets here. I have a couple of ideas, so we'll have to see how things go. Hopefully, we'll get lots of rain and there will be no issues.
This ride started out shortly after 8:00 a.m. and it was still a little bit cool out. I wore my windbreaker until I reached the sidewalk on the north side of I40. I rode to my break spot near the Y and stopped for a few minutes to contemplate the world. The weather was nice when the sun was out but it did get a bit chilly when a cloud would pass by. A glance up the mountain told me that there were a lot more clouds up near the top than there were down near the bottom.
I began the long climb with my tunes keeping me company and an easy effort keeping me relaxed. Before I knew it, I was rolling into the parking lot at Capulin and ready to scarf down a PowerBar. There was a cool breeze happening on the mountain so I put on my arm warmers to keep me toasty. They provided just the right amount of insulation from the cold without causing me to overheat.
After a few minutes I was back out on the road and headed toward the top. Somewhere above the 10K trailhead a guy passed me and then went about 200 yards and stopped to suck some wind and drink some water. I said something to him as I caught up to him and passed him, but from the look on his face it seemed as if he didn't understand English. Before too long he came leap-frogging by me and then went a few hundred yards and stopped again to suck in some air. He was pretty fast but I could tell that he was not at all used to the elevation. I almost caught up to him a second time but he got back on the bike and rode away. I saw him again at the top and he still had that same, I-don't-understand-English look on his face.
I added a windbreaker for my ride down and didn't waste much time before heading out. The gift shop and snack bar are still closed so there is no reason to hang around. I've seen the view before.
The ride down warmed up quickly and I shed the windbreaker and arm warmers when I reached the gas station. I filled up my water and ate a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup and then headed for home. The day had gotten considerably warmer from the 50 degrees or so that it was at the top of the crest to the mid 80s at the bottom. Very nice. The ride back up 337 to Raven Road was a workout. At least there wasn't very much traffic.
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