June 23, 2013
Location = White Mesa Bike Trails Distance = 8.65 Time = 1:37:27 Ave. Speed = 5.3 Max. Speed = 16.8 Monthly Dist. = 98.39 Yearly Dist. = 539.93
The forest is still closed so Robert and I decided to take a short road trip to the White Mesa bike trails which are near San Ysidro. Sofie came along as well, to enjoy the ride.
We started out at about the same time as a guy and his girlfriend, and we played leap frog with them for awhile, taking turns passing each other. Once we got up on the Dragon's Back we left them behind. White Mesa has incredibly interesting geology and we took our time and tried to enjoy as much of it as possible. Sofie hasn't been out in a while so we stopped for a water break after a couple of miles.
About halfway around the loop there is an area that has springs where water seeps out of the rocks. It is full of minerals and salt and it actually grows a white residue in places where it comes out of the ground. As soon as we got to the springs Sofie laid down on the damp rocks, so we decided that this would be a good place to take another break. We found a nice spot in the shade where we relaxed for a few minutes. As we were getting ready to leave we saw the couple that we had passed earlier and we told them about the nice break spot that we had found. They decided to stop there and enjoy the location.
Sofie, Robert and I, continued onward down the trail and we came to a steep little climb. I walked up the end of it and then I realized that this wasn't the trail, that the trail was actually down below me where it had made a left turn. However, I wasn't disappointed that I had walked up the trail because there was a cylindrical hole in the rock that looked to be about 30 feet deep and 20 feet across, and there was water in it. It was nasty looking water, but it was water. There was a crack in the rock that looked like a way for water to flow out of the hole if it got too deep. It was really cool and very unexpected.
We continued on toward the end and we wandered into a cinder coned kind of area. We put our bikes down and walked in a little ways to what was an area of steep hills that looked like they were made out of some kind of volcanic material. Very cool. From there we headed back to the car but somehow we ended up coming out on the road about a mile from the trailhead.
Once we were back at the car we had some refreshments and a sandwich and then headed for home. It was a warm, sunny day, with temps in the upper 80s.
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