Thursday, July 17, 2014
Location = To Sandia Crest and Back Distance = 61.76 Time = 6:29:05 Ave. Speed = 9.5 Max. Speed = 41.0 Monthly Dist. = 90.04 Yearly Dist. = 785.36
I have a new job as a cashier at the Home Depot. Yea!? I have to take my work schedule into consideration when planning these rides up to the crest as well as the weather. We have been getting a lot of rain lately and I need to find a day that has no work and no rain. The day I decided on had an evening baseball game and I ordinarily wouldn't ride to the crest on game day, but this time I felt like I had to. I started extra early at a little after 7:00 a.m. and headed down the mountain.
Temps were in the low 50s when I started out but it warmed up quickly as I descended 337. I had on my arm and leg warmers and I wore them for most of the ride. I took a short break at the Y and then and then began the long climb. About a mile or so up the road I had to stop for road work and wait for a pilot vehicle to lead the way. I continued up to Capulin and took a break there before cruising in to the top. I was taking my time on the ride but I also wanted to get back early enough to try and recover a little bit so that I could play some softball. I'm the pitcher and I really enjoy playing.
I only stopped at the top long enough to check the temperature, 53 degrees, put on my jacket, and start the descent. I stopped at the ski area to take off my jacket and pee on the gate, and then I rode down to the gas station to fill up on water. From there I made the cruise back through Cedar Crest and then the long climb back up 337 to Raven Road.
I made it back to the house with plenty of time to spare before the baseball game and there was a message from Robert saying the game was cancelled because the field was flooded. I was relieved to hear that because I was pretty tired and probably would not have played my best game.
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