Thursday, September 11, 2014

Location =  To Sandia Crest and Back  
Distance =  61.77
Time =  6:10:37
Ave. Speed =  10.0
Max. Speed =  39.5
Monthly Dist. =    61.77
Yearly Dist. =  970.44

I left the house a little bit after 8:00 and headed down 337. It was cool, in the low 50s, but not too bad. I cruised down to the freeway and then headed through Cedar Crest and stopped at my break spot. I spent a few minutes taking a break and then headed up the mountain.

The road construction guys were back this month and when I got up to where they were working they just waved me on through. They told me to stay out of the way of the workers. That was my primary objective as I made my way through the work zone. Once I made it through the construction things got very quiet. Traffic only came by in short bursts because they were held up and made to follow a lead car.

I continued climbing past the ski area and I started noticing lots of grasshoppers. They were only about an inch or so long but they were jumping all over the place. The higher I climbed up the mountain the more of them there seemed to be. If the bears can eat grasshoppers they will all go to sleep this winter, fat and happy.

I only stopped at the top long enough to put on my full fingered gloves and tuck everything in, and then I headed down. It was 53 degrees at the top so the ride down started out cool but warmed up quickly. By the time I reached the ski area I had to stop and remove my gloves and jacket.

I continued down to the road construction area and I had to wait when I got there. I asked the guy working the Stop sign where they were the previous month, and he said the county ran out of money. It seems like a waste to start a project, leave, then come back and continue. Oh well.

The lead car finally showed up and we all followed him through the work zone. After that it was down to the gas station for more water and a candy bar, and then I was headed for home.

Temps at the bottom were in the low 70s. That made the ride back to the house very pleasant.

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