Friday, May 6, 2016
Location = To Sandia Crest and Back Distance = 61.36 Time = 6:55:56 Ave. Speed = 8.9 Max. Speed = 40.6 Monthly Dist. = 76.91 Yearly Dist. = 437.46
It wasn't easy getting out of the house to start this ride. I was heading down the driveway when I realized that I didn't have the correct size inner tube in my pack in case I had a flat. There was a real possibility that I could have a flat because I put on a new rear tire the night before and sometimes the change out doesn't always go well. I ride kevlar reinforced tires because of how brutal the streets are around here, and that is probably a good idea. The old tire was pretty torn up.
I went back in the house to get my road bike inner tube and then I headed out again. I didn't get very far before I realized that I had forgotten my helmet. One more trip back into the house and I was finally on my way. It was about 50 degrees when I left home and I had a strong tailwind helping me out that was blowing out of the south and pushing me along.
I blew through Cedar Crest and then stopped at my break spot before starting up the big climb. The wind continued to be my friend and I cruised into Capulin for my second break, feeling good. I scarfed down a PowerBar and then I was headed for the top. The snow is almost completely gone, even above 10,000 feet. It's looking like it might be a dangerous fire season this year.
I only stopped at the top long enough to check the thermometer and see what the temperature was. It was 55 degrees. Very nice. I headed down the mountain and by the time I got to the bottom it was in the 70s. Again, very nice.
I stopped at my break spot to answer the call of nature and I notice a big commotion in the sky. There were 2 hawks that were flying around that were being harassed by about 10 smaller birds. They weren't ravens but I don't know what they were. The hawks didn't seem to be too concerned.
I watered up at the gas station and then I removed my leg and arm warmers and my windbreaker and I was headed for home. The wind that was my friend on the way to the top of the mountain, was not my friend on the way back to the house. I was putting out a lot of effort for very slow progress. Oh, well. This payback was definitely going to be a bitch.
Things got worse as I started the climb back up 337 and I was beginning to suffer. All of a sudden, I began to hear a strange noise coming up behind me and I thought that maybe someone was about to pass me on a bicycle that was making a "clunking" noise. I moved to the right to let them pass and to my amazement and joy, I was being passed by a tiny little gal on ski skates! She had Scandanavian blonde hair in pigtails and the most fantastic, tiny little butt that I have ever seen. There was not an ounce of fat on her perfect little body. Beautiful! My spirits were definitely lifted. It got even better when she stopped and I passed her, and then she passed me again. I spent the rest of the ride up the mountain just trying to keep her in sight. I was glad that the wind was blowing and that I'm not in top shape. If I was, she never would have passed me! Thanks for small favors.
I finished the ride with a smile on my face.
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