Today’s Bike Ride

Map for the day
Distance: 20.53 miles
It was ‘supposed’ to be in the sixties today but it isn’t ‘quite’ there. There was a low haze that actually made it a bit chilly – or as chilly as 52 degrees could be. It still beats riding with a jacket, gloves, and headcover.
I had a busy day planned and could afford about an hour so I just went for the quick trip to old Route 66/Central and back. It’s 12 miles and I can do it in an hour. On the way back I stopped off at Subway and enjoyed a turkey/provolone/green chile sandwich. I love green chile and the ability to put it on ANYTHING at any place of business is a great reward to living here. There was a family from Minnesota planning their next two days in Albuquerque and it was fun to eavesdrop on their conversation as to what they were planning: BioPark, Rattlesnake Museum, The Tram. Staples for visiting people anymore.
Ran back home, hopped through the shower and then got back to work.
It’s supposed to hit 80 degrees tomorrow and then…. back down to the fifties…. only in New Mexico – wait five minutes and it will change…

Published in: on March 29, 2010 at 6:58 pm  Leave a Comment  

Today’s Bike Ride

Map for the day
Distance: 20.53 miles
It’s warm again – for the moment. After a busy day of attempting to appease everyone’s schedule – I hopped on the bike for what some unnamed person described as a ‘leisurely’ ride. 🙂
I had not gone north in a while so I opted for that. The bike path was SO busy. What can sort of be called bike path gridlock. There’s a mix of walkers, families, and just plain people who wanted to get out of their homes and get outside. The only problem with this is that they cause a traffic jam. Either they are just going slow, which is not a big deal as you can just wait and pass them. The issue is when the stop for no reason, veer to the left unannounced, or basically just stop paying attention to what is going on around them. The best one is when you have slowed down to wait for oncoming people to get by before passing them when they notice that you are behind them and then…. just stop.
The other thing that was very noticeable were the fruit trees blooming. It was almost like it happened overnight. It looks great.
I almost opted to keep going south to Central and back around but was feeling a little tired so I went across at Montano.
A great ride.

Published in: on March 28, 2010 at 8:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

Today’s Bike Ride

Map for the day
Distance: 25.75 miles
As the last throes of winter appeared to subside and it crept back up to the low 60’s – I was hunkerin’ for a bike ride. I have also needed to get my car detailed as I have not had it properly waxed since the body work in January. It’s time. I had been trying to get it to Octopus carwash now for a couple weeks but they won’t take appointments and then when I take it – it’s a two hour wait. Grrrr.
So after working from the house I threw the bike in the trunk and drove to the carwash closest to me. They ‘said’ it would take about 40 minutes even though I know that was not true. I told them to take their time and I’d be back in about 2-1/2 hours!
I started out not really knowing which way I was going to go when I realized that I had not remembered to bring my sunglasses. I rode home and picked them up and at that point decided that today’s route would take me around the volcanos again!
The first incline up Unser went surprisingly well seeing that my only exercise the past 20 days had been the skiing. The rest of the incline was a bit slower, but still steady. The weather was awesome and there was barely any wind at all. I was a bit nervous riding along Paseo del Vulcan on a weekday with what I had figured would be the high school crowd getting out of school. Other than some trash trucks and some very loud gravel trucks – it was great. There were even three or four other bikers out. There’s definitely more motorcycles on the road on the weekends!
I get to clear my mind so much on the long stretches that I tend to forget how good it feels. My intent is to get back to a regular riding schedule. We’ll see as we normally have another snowstorm on April 1st.
For my first time, the interchange at Paseo del Vulcan and I-40 is completed and it was nice. I don’t know what they are planning in the future but they sure expanded the capacity of that exit! It used to be just a two-lane overpass and and now it’s six. I’m sure that some industry is looking at property in that area and this was their ‘incentive’ to go forward. We’ll see what happens.
Of course after all the uphills, I get my 4 mile downhill ride down old Route 66. There was a large gravel truck that I was keeping pretty good pace with – I’m thinking about 40 mph for almost a mile. There’s not an ‘official’ bike lane on this stretch so it’s a little nerve wrecking between the traffic and the potholes.
I made it back to the car wash and picked up my car. It looked great. I bet that it will rain now….

Published in: on March 22, 2010 at 8:47 pm  Leave a Comment  

Today’s Bike Ride

Map for the day
Distance: 27.91 miles
I needed to go to work today and was kind of waiting to see if the weather would turn or not. I headed out while it was briskly cool but the sun looked and felt good. The ride down was nice – it felt good to be out for a second day. Bike seats are not exactly comfy and they don’t exactly ‘fit’ where they end up being ridden on. By the last leg of the trip, I had my saddle again in that it doesn’t hurt so bad after 45 minutes. Maybe the nerve endings just become dead… I don’t know.
I was thinking that I had wished I had eaten some lunch before leaving the house. I had some energy bars and some fruit with me but thought that I needed something more filling. The gas station welcomed me and offered my stomach a hot dog and chips. Why? I don’t know, but it did taste really good.
Clouded by tubular meat byproducts, I decided to get off the trail and take my life into my own hands and ride down 2nd Street. I will not be doing that again. Between the lack of a shoulder and people driving like maniacs I managed to make it to the street that goes to the factory. Midway down the street, one of – very literally – junkyard dogs came after me. He was a bit bull mix looking thing that once I started pedaling had lost interest in me very quickly. One time while riding back from work in Santa Fe – MANY years ago – it was about 3 am and I was going down Agua Fria and was chased by a pack of dogs. Most larger dogs can outrun a bike, but they get confused as to what to do with you once they caught up to you. Your feet are moving so those become targets. I have had a dog snag my pant leg before and you pretty much wreck. I always feel bad when you have to resort to kicking a dog, but if it’s between them or me – I kick hard. Anyway, I did not have to do anything to this dog today. I made it to work and after a couple of hours, I looked outside and the sky was blue and clear. I figured it was time to head back even though I still had more work to get done.
I locked up and started off. By the time I got to the trail – ouch! The wind was biting cold! I laughed out loud as I was pedaling against the wind. My options were to man-up and just go or turn around and find the keys to the van… I opted the manly way and it actually did get easier once closer to the Bosque. The way home was actually nice. Cooler than I had hoped for but still nice.
TWO CONSECUTIVE DAYS ON THE BIKE! Maybe one more? I cannot believe that it is the first day of March of 2010.

Published in: on March 1, 2010 at 8:56 pm  Comments (2)