Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Location =  To Sandia Crest and Back  
Distance =  61.82
Time =  6:48:55
Ave. Speed =  9.0
Max. Speed =  42.0
Monthly Dist. =    61.82
Yearly Dist. =  1193.57

It took 10 years to get there but I have finally reached the magic number of 120 months in a row, riding to the top of Sandia Crest. It feels very good to have reached that goal. Even if I am not very fast, at least I have proven durability. How many more months in a row do I have in me?

This was my third ride to Sandia Crest in less than two weeks, but I wanted to get December's ride over with early in the month. That way I can rest easy and not worry about the weather or when my days off are.

I left the house at 8:00 am and the temperature was 29 degrees. As I rode down 337 it seemed to get colder. I was chilled on the way down but once I reached I40 the air warmed up nicely. I was never really cold the rest of the day. I rode through Cedar Crest in my middle chain ring and I could tell that I had a lot more strength and energy than I did on my last two rides. I was starting to feel good about this one.

I took my usual break at the Y and then I began the long climb. When I reached Doc Long I was warmed up enough that I stopped and took off my headband. There was no wind and very few cars and I was thoroughly enjoying turning the pedals and listening to my music. The rest of the world just fades away when I am practicing bicycle love.

I stopped at Capulin and ate a PowerBar to energy up for the rest of the climb. After a few minutes I headed for the top. I saw a couple of deer on the way and I stopped a couple of times to pee and to take short rests. Eventually, I made it to the gift shop. I had consumed all of my water on the way up, so in celebration of my 120th trip to the top, I splurged and bought a Gatorade and a choclate chip cookie. They tasted great.

I checked the thermometer before I headed down and it read 38 degrees. That seemed very warm for 10,678 feet in December. I'm not complaining. That's substantially warmer than the 12 degrees it was about a week ago and my ride down was much more pleasant as a result of the warmer air. Not a single car passed me as I descended from the top to the bottom. That has only happened a few times. I went in the gas station to get more water and then I headed for home. I could feel my goal that has been 10 years in the making was within reach and I was eager to reach it.

I turned my blinky light on for the ride back up 337 to Raven Road. I didn't want to get run over on my final stretch back to the house. I wasn't taking any chances. When I made the turn onto Raven Road I let out a big sigh of relief. I did it!

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