Monday, January 19, 2015
Location = To Sandia Crest and Back Distance = 62.05 Time = 7:17:01 Ave. Speed = 8.5 Max. Speed = 41.0 Monthly Dist. = 103.32 Yearly Dist. = 103.32
I left the house at my usual 8:00 a.m. starting time and headed down the driveway and turned right to go down the steep little hill. It was very icy and I was going very slowly to try and avoid an early fall. I almost made it to the bottom of the hill when I felt my front wheel break loose and start to slide. I held my breath and steered toward the side of the road and I was saved by the snow drift at the edge of the road. It caught me and kept me upright. I breathed a sigh of relief that I didn't crash and headed out for the highway.
It was 31 degrees when I left the house which is a very warm temperature for the early morning in the middle of January. It was going to be a beautiful, sunny day with temps getting to the low 50s. It wasn't that warm yet, and I had a chilly ride down 337 to the freeway. I continued through Cedar Crest and then stopped at the Y for my break. I had my road bike for this ride so I was making good progress compared to my last attempt which I made on my full-suspension mountain bike. That was hard.
I took a fairly long break and then started the climb up the mountain. Right away I noticed that there seemed to be an awful lot of cars going up the highway. It was the Martin Luthor King holiday and there was some kind of snow activity day going on at the very top. Everyone gave me plenty of room when they were going by me, even when there were some icy spots.
I took it fairly easy on the climb. I was enjoying listening to music and turning the pedals on the bike. I was in the state of being where all is well with the world, at least within my tiny little realm. When I reached Capulin there were some people walking around there, so I decided to continue up to 9 Mile to take my break. There was a lot of snow at 9 Mile so I jumped up on the end of the gate and ate a PowerBar while I sat there, looking into the forest. After a few minutes I was back on the bike and headed for the top.
I was working hard and struggling a little bit, when a car drove by and the passenger yelled out, "I believe in you!" That did wonders to lift my spirits and put a smile on my face that lasted for miles. That was awesome! Thanks, dude! I used that momentum to carry me to the top where I only stayed long enough to check the temperature. It was 35 degrees. Not bad for 10,678 feet high in the middle of January.
I cruised down to the gas station where I took a short break and then I was back on the road and headed for home. I struggled back up 337 a little bit but I made it. It's a big relief being done with this ride. I contemplated quitting these Streak Rides after I finished last month's 120th ride but I just can't do it. I'm not ready to stop yet. Nice days like this one help me to keep going.
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