Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Location = To Sandia Crest and Back Distance = 61.10 Time = 6:49:29 Ave. Speed = 9.0 Max. Speed = 41.4 Monthly Dist. = 61.10 Yearly Dist. = 711.58
I left the house a few minutes before 8:00 and headed out into a very dark cloud. Temps were in the mid 50s and I had on my arm and leg warmers. The gray sky made it feel cool out. On the way down 337 it started to rain very lightly. It wasn't even enough to get the road wet and it only lasted from about Juan Tomas to Tunnel Canyon. I had my raincoat and rainpants with me, just in case it really started to rain. I wouldn't need either of them but I was glad that I had them along for the ride.
By the time I got down to I40 the sun had come out and would play hide-and-seek with the clouds, all day long. I rode through Cedar Crest and stopped for my break near the Y. I ate a PowerBar and then headed up the mountain. I started out fairly strong, but after about three miles into the climb my strength faded away and I was crawling up the hill in my granny gear. Good thing I wasn't in a hurry!
I made it up to Capulin where I took another break. After a brief rest I was back on the road and headed for the top. I eventually got there, checked the temperature which was 60 degrees, and then headed down. I saw a couple of deer while I was still above 10,000 feet in elevation, and then I saw 3 more just below 10,000 feet. The three deer were on the side of the road and they were very small. I slowed down and passed within a few feet of them. That was kind of cool.
I rode down to the gas station where I filled up on water, took off my arm and leg warmers, and then headed for home. As I was beginning the climb up 337 I heard a loud boom. I was crossing the driveway of the concrete factory at the time and I looked up and saw a giant cloud of dust drifting from up on the mountain. They had just dynamited a big chunk of rock as I was passing by. That was pretty cool.
I continued the climb up the highway and near Raven Road there was a dead racoon on the side of the road. As I passed him I wondered if he might have been the one that I saw on my deck about a month ago.
I used my telephone app to play my music for this ride, instead of my mp3 player, which I forgot to charge. The app worked great except that every once in a while it would play a voicemail message that was in my download folder. It must have thought that those were music files. I will definitely have to delete those files before I do that again.
The day warmed up nicely with temps around 80 degrees in the lower elevations.
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