Today’s Bike Ride

Map for the day
Distance: 34.91 miles Time: 4:00:00

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.
Albuquerque looking west from Tramway
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

Published in: on August 14, 2010 at 5:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

Today’s Bike Ride

Map for the day
Distance: 15.07 miles
This ‘once-a-week’ bike riding is for the birds! Ugh! I’m working on rearranging my schedule to accommodate more riding….
Today I just wanted to get out before the rains came. I hadn’t been up towards the volcanos with the camera – something that had been missing for about a month…
The yellows and browns are replaced with various shades of green! Not the deep green of the east but comparatively – green.
Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque, NM
Looking west towards the volcanos, soon I will be on the other side of them.
Albuquerque, NM - Looking west towards the volcanos, soon I will be on the other side of them
Looking north:
Albuquerque, NM - Looking North
Looking back west over the city:
Albuquerque, NM - Looking back west over the city
On the west side of the volcanos – looking east back towards the city:
Albuquerque, NM - On the west side of the volcanos - looking east back towards the city
Looking South at the first volcano:
Albuquerque, NM - Looking South at the first volcano
Just looking up the 2nd Volcano:
Albuquerque, NM - Just looking up the 2nd Volcano
It was a nice ride – I was having too much fun taking the photos that I was afraid I’d be out all day.
Great ride.
Tomorrow I get to go to the Dr. to see what this cough thing is all about – again…

Published in: on August 8, 2010 at 5:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

Today’s Bike Ride

Map for the day
Distance: 17.19 miles
Today’s Ride was just to get out of the house. I had waited for a worker to come by the house and he was late – the story of my life lately. Oh well.
My intent for today’s ride was to go to the Farmer’s Market that I enjoy in the fall. Their website says that it started and I ended up giving myself about 24 minutes to get there. I was booking it for quite a while. I get there and…. nope. Not happening. I don’t know if the late night rain made everyone cancel it but regardless – nada.
I continued down Central – not much going on there. I went to the train station and for a brief moment, contemplated taking the train up to Santa Fe or just about anywhere actually. I didn’t.
I continued down 1st street and was VERY surprised to see the old El Modelo bar still open! Wow! That brought back memories. That was a crazy bar that was a mix of bikers, lawyers, students – it was kind of a rough place back in the day and apparently still is judging from the broken glass everywhere outside. I followed 1st down to the old Railyards where parts of the last Terminator movie were filmed. A gate was open and I thought about going in but I didn’t have my ‘real’ camera with me so I figured if I took photos, they would be from very far away. I went on down to the Hispanic Cultural Center – because you know, it would be bad to have a White Person Cultural Center and rode around there for a bit. VERY slow down there too…
I hopped onto the Bosque Trail and opted to go through the Bosque instead of the trail. With all the rain, my tires picked up all the mud and felt like 20 more pounds onto the bike. Lots of lizards everywhere…
The Rio Grande had some crazy silt-looking stuff floating down it. It looked kind of freaky and actually from the bridge looked like oil. I guess I just have oil spill on the brain from all the videos from the gulf?
I went back up Central/Old Route 66 and back across towards the homestead.
It was muggy hot today and is supposed to get rainy again in the afternoon. I’m glad I went out now!

Published in: on August 1, 2010 at 4:04 pm  Leave a Comment