08/13/06

Location =  Cibola National Forest  
Distance =  31.95
Time =  4:21:35
Ave. Speed =  7.3
Max. Speed =  41.0
Monthly Dist. =    255.16
Yearly Dist. =  2127.08

I decided to take the mountain bike out, and head over to the east side of the highway, and begin to explore the trails over there. There are many of them, and they are not clearly marked, so it's going to take me a while to figure them out.

I rode down Mahogany to Juan Tomas, and then found Bear Scat Trail, that continued on the north side of the road. From there, I'm not sure what path I took, but eventually I came out on the northeast side of the forest, at Five Hills Rd. I saw one of the horned lizards staking out an anthill. I stopped and watched him for about ten minutes, to see if he would catch an ant, but none of them came within his range, and he wasn't making any attempt to move, and go get them.

I turned around at Five Hills, and attempted to navigate my way back through the park, toward home. Along the way, I took a break in the sun, and enjoyed the peace and quiet. I continued riding, and there were several places that were extremely steep and rocky, and I was forced to walk. I fell over at one point, and hit myself in the eye with the end of my handlebar. I was thrilled. It seemed like I was riding for a long time, and I had no idea where I was, I was just hoping that I was going in the general direction towards home. I tried to look for the towers on top of Cedro Peak, as a point of reference, but I couldn't see them. I finally came around a curve, and there they were, miles away from me in the distance. I groaned, because once again, I was getting low on water, and I wasn't sure how long it was going to take to get back to civilization. I pressed onward, and eventually I rolled out onto Juan Tomas Rd. Salvation.

I wanted to take Mahogany Trail back up to Oak Flat, but I had already missed it where I came out of the forest, so I went back to the main highway, and up to home from there.

Once again, clouds were forming, but they didn't catch me. Temps were in the 70s and 80s, and it was another fine day.



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