Saturday, September 26, 2015

Location =  Oak Flat, Tijeras, New Mexico  
Distance =  8.77
Time =  1:12:13
Ave. Speed =  7.2
Max. Speed =  39.0
Monthly Dist. =    167.78
Yearly Dist. =  793.11

There was a 12 hour race at Oak Flat so when I finished work I hopped on my bike and rode over to check it out. It's not very often that a real mountain bike race happens right in my neighborhood and I wanted to feel the ambience.

Cars and RVs were lined up as I rode into Oak Flat. I found the start/finish and hung out for about a half an hour watching the racers come through. Some people were riding as teams and others were going solo. The race was a little more than halfway over and the riders were very spread out. It's an 11 mile loop that I'll have to check out one of these days. I will admit that I felt a little bit of longing to be back out on the trail. Maybe next year.....

I eventually got bored so I waited for a break between riders and then I headed down the trail. I was ready to get out of the way if someone came up behind me and one time somebody did. I took the oak flat connector trail which shortcuts the race course and then I got on deadman for a little ways. Eventually, I found the trail that I was looking for that goes out to Oak Flat Road and then I went back home thinking about..... What if?????

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