Sunday, March 29, 2015

Location =  Mars Court  
Distance =  18.02
Time =  3:08:54
Ave. Speed =  5.7
Max. Speed =  36.5
Monthly Dist. =    90.30
Yearly Dist. =  255.94

I rode over to Mars Court at 11:00 a.m. to meet Robert and start our ride from there. There is a new trail called Southern Crossing that connects with the other side of the highway and we were going to check it out.

We began our ride by heading down Wild Turkey and then over to Cajun Pine. The new trail begins not far from the start of Cajun Pine and then it winds around for 2 1/2 miles before it crosses the highway. The trail is laid out in such a way as to try and make it easy to ride. They succeeded in that. If I'm still riding in my 70s and 80s I'll be able to ride this trail.

As the trail makes it's way to the east it passes through some beautiful oak forests. I will take a picture on some ride in the future. The oaks have not started to bud yet, so this is the perfect time of year to get out with a camera. They are especially beautiful as they begin to bud. A couple times in the last few years there has been a freeze after they have budded and it kills them and makes them start over. We'll see what happens this year.

We crossed the highway and continued on the trail until it ran into Deadman where we made a right turn and stopped for a break at the picnic table. We took quite a few breaks on this ride. It was Robert's first ride since Moab and we kept it slow. We left the picnic table and headed for the Albuquerque Open Space. We did the loop in a counter-clockwise direction and then climbed up Ponderosa to Mahogany. If Robert was going to bail out this would be the place to do it but he said he wanted to go back the way we came. We went back to the Southern Crossing and rode it back to Mars Court. The trail seemed just as easy to ride in the return direction as it was coming out. The oaks make it worth the trip.

This ride was probably a bit longer than Robert had in mind for his first one of the year, but at least they were pretty easy miles. The weather cooperated nicely with us. It was a sunny day with temps in the mid 60s.

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