02/15/06

Location =  Foothills Trails  
Distance =  17.71
Time =  2:29:31
Ave. Speed =  7.1
Max. Speed =  26.5
Monthly Dist. =    129.62
Yearly Dist. =  302.35

It was a warm afternoon, with temps in the 60s, and very windy. It was so warm out that I didn't need to wear my full fingered gloves.

I took the mountain bike out to the Foothills Trails. I put a tire liner in my front tire, after my last ride, so I'm hoping that getting flat tires will be a thing of the past. I think that part of my problem was riding through the parking lot at the ice skating rink, by the restaurant. I believe that is where I was picking up the thorns, and goatheads. I won't be cutting through there, anymore.

I made it up the short steeps, with no flat tires, or dogs, to harrass me. I took my usual route through the park, which includes a few technical, rocky spots. A couple of them I walk down, but there is one that I can usually ride, if I can get my front tire lined up in a narrow slot, between a bush, and a rock. I didn't get it just right this time, and the bush grabbed my pedal, and tossed me over the bars. I managed to get my right foot unclipped from the pedal, but not my left foot. I seemed to hang in the air for a moment, before I came down just beyond most of the rocks, and rolled over with my bike still attached. It could have been a lot worse. I got off with a scrape on my right elbow, and left shin.

I passed by about a half a dozen people who were out hiking. The wind kept most of the bikes away, but the hikers seemed to be enjoying it. All of the hikers were out walking by themselves. A couple of them had to grab their dogs, when they saw me coming.

I made it all the way to Embudito Trailhead, before I needed to turn on my headlight. There were about ten guys in the arroyo by the parking lot, doing some kind of fraternity thing. A couple of them had toga type garments on, and they were making a video tape, and screaming at the top of their lungs. I didn't want to know what they were doing, so I headed off down the trail.

I arrived back at the house, and was happy to not have cold feet and toes.



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