I just needed to get away today and boy did I! I haven’t been to the far east side of the city in a while and decided today was optimum for that. My intention was to get out around 8 am but I did not get away until after 9:00. Oh well.
I went through two speed traps, one city the other county. They were writing the tickets today. I went up and opted for the Hahn Arroyo path that ends at Sandia High School. It’s a fairly nice ride – not busy at all – the only drawback is stopping or at least looking for cars at all the overpasses. Still it was nice since I hadn’t been that way in a while. From there I just followed the signs along Claremont (ish) the rest of the way up. At Marie Park I made the mistake of resting for a couple of minutes in the shade in the grass. After about an hour and 20 minutes of basically going uphill – my legs were not liking me or what I had been doing to them.
I made it up over Tramway and took this photo looking West.
Those hills in the distance are where I was taking the last photos from!
It took me an hour thirty five minutes to get up to Tramway and Menaul which is an average of about 9.3 mph. I’m not upset at that slow speed seeing that it’s just under 15 miles – UPHILL
Going back could have been much faster but I was really not into going downhill so much.
Around Market ABQ area I started searching for a Keva juice or someplace that would have some sugar-filled carrot juice! Nope. I went down to the Pavilions where I knew one was. Wheat grass shot and a carrot juice – that should rev me up?!
I went on down to the cemetery and had a little reunion. There was a very popular burial today with about 75 cars. I cleared some weeds, made my peace and went on. I ended up going down Broadway and passed the Medical Record Storage Facility that burned a few months ago – 1.4 MILLION records, LOST. That would suck. It was mostly old UNM Hospital records from before 2005. With living through a business fire, it kind of reminded me of a lot that I would have rather forgot.
I continued through Old Town – very busy today – and off to the Bosque Trail and back up to the house.
That last hill by the house, I couldn’t force myself to ride up that hill – had to walk so I’m a bit bummed about that.
I had figured maybe 29 miles or so – but those extra miles really do make a difference when you are not riding as often as I wish…
I’ll probably pass out tonight early and I’m betting that my legs will be a bit on the sore side in the morning – it was SO worth it though