20070619

Location =  Cibola National Forest, and Albuquerque Open Space  
Distance =  24.15
Time =  2:53:27
Ave. Speed =  8.3
Max. Speed =  41.0
Monthly Dist. =    249.84
Yearly Dist. =  878.74

I headed back to Mars Ct., for another ride through the forest. I wanted to measure how long the loop of trail 161, David Canyon, and trail 162 was. It's right at five miles. It would make a very nice hike.

I headed down 161, and then turned left at the pond, and began to ride up David Canyon. There is still some water in the pond. Having a rubber liner really helps. A short distance beyond the pond, I heard a noise to my left, and there was a bear about twenty feet away from me. He was a fairly big bear, probably around 250 pounds. I was glad when he ran away from me, rather than towards me. There would have been no escape, as close as we were. I stopped and tried to get out my camera, but he was too far away by the time I was ready to take a picture. That's probably a good thing.

I continued up the canyon, and I noticed a New Mexico Habitat sign off to my right. I set the bike down, and walked a short ways to see what was there, and there was another man made pond, but this one was almost completely dry. Just downhill from it was a tub sunk into the ground that was full of water. It's nice to know that there are a couple of places for the critters to get a drink. I continued my ride up to trail 162, and rode it back up to Mars Ct.

I felt like doing some more riding, but I didn't want to cross paths with the bear again, so I rode over to Oak Flat, and entered into the Albuquerque Open Space. I backtracked on one of the trails, and found the connection back to the Oak Flat Picnic Ground. I knew that there had to be one somewhere. I went back into the Open Space, and made a big loop counter clockwise, and came all the way back to Oak Flat. The trail was prettier than I remembered it from last year. I'll have to go back and check it out again.

I then rode up Anaya, and came out to the highway at the Ponderosa Restaurant. I headed back to my neighborhood, and turned in at the convenience store, and came out on Nighting Gale.

It was another hot day, with temps around 90. Some clouds showed up for a little while, and that seemed to cool things off, into the 80s. I took a picture of a really pretty cactus, with pink flowers. I had another cactus picture that I took yesterday, of some nice red flowers. All in all, it was a very nice ride.



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