July 19, 20 & 21, 2013
Location = Sandia Peak Distance = 17.0 Time = Ave. Speed = Max. Speed = Monthly Dist. = 17.0 Yearly Dist. = 556.93
The forest is OPEN!
Monsoon season has swung into action and we have been getting a lot of rain in the mountains. Yea! The mountains have opened up for biking and hiking and I'm back at work at Sandia Peak at the top of the chairlift.
The first day back, Friday, turned out to be a slow day and a day cut short. Not many people were out riding the chairlift and the hours went by slowly. As the day went on we could see a storm developing off in the distance, towards Santa Fe. The storm was moving slowly but it was relentless. Eventually, it was obvious that we were going to get caught in it so we closed the lift early and I got ready to sweep down Golden Eagle.
The rain started lightly, but it didn't take long until it was coming down in buckets. Then it turned to hail. I have never been hailed on like that before. It was coming down so hard that it was practically a whiteout, and in seconds the ground was completely covered. The trail turned into muddy rivers with sections of muddy lakes. Thankfully, I had my raincoat on but that didn't keep me from being soaked and covered in mud.
This ride was horrible. When I did finally make it down to the base I turned on the hose and hosed off the bike and myself. I had my speedometer on but the water overwhelmed it and it refused to function. I decided to just go with an estimate for the entire weekend.
I did two more sweeps down Golden Eagle on Saturday and Sunday. On both days it was threatening to rain, but it held off. I worked with Levi on both of those days and he kept a rental bike and we rode down together. It was nice having some company along to share the ride with.
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