04/01/06

Location =  Abq, Cedar Crest, Tijeras  
Distance =  65.96
Time =  4:26:31
Ave. Speed =  14.9
Max. Speed =  40.0
Monthly Dist. =    65.96
Yearly Dist. =  688.92

It's a new month, so it's time to climb to the top of the Sandia Crest. I headed out at about 8:30am, but when I got to the end of the driveway, and looked at the sky, I went back into the house to trade my windbreaker, for a real raincoat. It was a good decision, because it started to rain lightly, about ten minutes into the ride. By the time I made it down to Menaul and Tramway, it was raining hard, and I pulled in to a gas station, to stand under their covered roof. I debated calling it quits right there, but the rain let up, and it seemed clearer in the southern sky, so I continued onward. It wasn't raining through the Tijeras Canyon, but it started up again, on highway 14. I rode to my break spot just passed the "Y", and stopped to assess the situation. I was cold and wet, and it was raining lightly. A look up the mountain showed thick dark clouds, fog, rain, and cold. I decided to save the climb to the crest for another day, as I would have needed rain pants, to make it safely. If I would have had a crystal ball, I could have seen that in about an hour, the clouds would leave the mountain, and I could have made it.

Plans changed, I headed back toward Tijeras, and the climb up 337 to our future home. I stopped at the Ranger Station to get more water, and then began the spin up to Oak Flats. The sky began to clear, the sun came out for brief periods of time, and the temperature started to rise.

I made it to the house, and took a long break there. A key is hidden by the propane tank, so I was able to let myself in, and enjoy the peace and quiet. The place is terrific, and I can't wait for the deal to close, and move up there.

I headed down the mountain, and then back toward Albuquerque. As I was cruising through Tijeras Canyon, it began to rain on me, and I was in full sunshine! It was very weird.

I cruised up Tramway, and when I got to Lomas, there was a very bad car accident. A land rover was knocked onto it's side, and the car that hit it was demolished. Emergency crews were just arriving, and it took a few minutes for me to be able to cross the street. Lots of people were out, gawking.

The prarie dogs along Tramway were active, and people were out feeding, and watering them. Temps warmed up from the 40s into the 60s, and it was windy at times. I may try again to climb to the crest, tomorrow.



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