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Mulecreek New Mexico to Threeway, Arizona Bike Ride

Friday, September 28, 2012

Recently Maggie Knox and myself road from Aldo Leopold Vista through Mulecreek, New Mexico and into Arizona. The following pictures show some terrain. The ride is mostly "gentle" rolling hills but it is deceivingly tough.

Mules---Mulecreek, get the idea?

Maggie at rest stop before a major descent into Threeway Arizona.

Short, fat me at the rest stop.

We had a wonderful time. The ride is around 50 miles, give or take and a lot of the ride is quite exposed. Unfortunately, the wind came up on the return trip which made the ride a little difficult. Enjoyable! Next up for us is the Gila Monster Challenge on the 6th of October. Maggie and I will be doing the 72 miler. There are 36, 56, 72 and 104 mile rides. I'll post upon completion.

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HEYRED221 9/29/2012 7:38PM

    emoticon You are doing so good - I need to get off of my butt and back on my bike!!!

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JUNEPA 9/29/2012 12:34PM

    So beautiful !!

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BILL60 9/29/2012 9:35AM

    Very nice!! BTW, I'll be in your neck of the woods in November for "Tour de Tucson".

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LINDAKAY228 9/28/2012 2:54PM

    Love that drive through there but could not do it on a bike LOL! Awesome job!

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Hillsboro Peak Hike

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Sunday I hiked to Hillsborro Peak with my cycling buddy Maggie. There is a fire lookout on top of the peak complete with cabins, etc. The weather was perfect, views great, and the wildflowers were awesome. Enjoy!

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SPEEDYDOG 10/9/2012 5:26PM

    Wow! That looks sweet! What a beautiful place.


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AMANDAROX 9/26/2012 6:49AM

    Looks challenging and beautiful!! Totally worth the effort!

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SOCKITTOME 9/25/2012 11:52PM

    My calves hurt just looking at the pictures. Awesomely beautiful place -- thanks for sharing!

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FLAMENM 9/25/2012 10:41PM

    Looks awesome!

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LINDAKAY228 9/25/2012 4:22PM

    That's a hike I've never done. I'm going to have to explore that area. Looks really nice.

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Roadrunner Triathlon

Monday, August 27, 2012

This past weekend I participated in the Roadrunner triathlon. It was held at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The weather was beautiful, a little breezy on the bike but overall wonderful.

I was several minutes behind on the run mostly because I can't run and I race walk. I am not the fastest race-walker but I am a great cyclist. I made up 14 minutes on the bike and lost first place on the swim by less than a I am a happy camper!

I stayed with my daughter in Las Cruces, New Mexico. That was fun although I stayed up too late with her making salsa and I had a hard time sleeping because I just knew I would not hear my alarm. Ever have one of those nights when you roll over and look at the alarm every 30 minutes to see if it has gone off yet?

The ride/drive home was nice. On the flats by Deming New Mexico, there were many spot showers and as I got closer to Silver City the weather got stormier. By the time I got to the casa, it was a steady rain. My dogs were crushed because they wanted me to take them for a walk. They had to settle for me playing ball with them instead.

So a wonderful weekend was enjoyed by me. I will return to WSMR on the 8th of September for the Yucca Triathlon. It is a 6k run, 45k bike and 400m swim. Hopefully by then I won't be as sore as I am now!

Have a great week!

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IMSMILEY88 10/12/2012 7:56PM

    Congrats! you are terrific!

By the way, before EVERY race I'm waking up every hour (or so) to check the clock. Grrr!!! For this last race, I even set TWO alarms thinking it'd help me sleep better. It didn't. So, I just try to rest more the day before & the lack of sleep doen't seem to affect me that much. Or, if it does, I don't know any different!

Off to race tomorrow....

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SOCKITTOME 9/23/2012 1:47PM

    You go, girl! I took this year off and am living vicariously through you. Rock on!

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NMGRANNY 8/29/2012 2:07PM

    Great job on your tri! Loved the storm pics too.

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LINDAKAY228 8/28/2012 11:42AM

    Way to go and glad you had such a great time! You always make up the time you lose in the run when on your bike! Good luck with the next one. Great pictures of the rain and clouds.

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CZARINA_TV 8/28/2012 9:09AM

    Sounds like you had a great time! Go Li'l Pat!

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BILL60 8/28/2012 8:58AM

    Well done!! Good luck on your next "Tri".

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OPTIMIST1948 8/27/2012 9:45PM

    45k bike... the mind boggles. Still, impressinve on your 2nd finish! Go you!

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PATSYB7 8/27/2012 5:34PM

    Nice job! Love your pictures! Regarding your soreness--did you cool down and stretch afterwards? Keep up the good work! emoticon

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PICKIE98 8/27/2012 4:10PM

    Great pics, great day and good luck on the 8th!!!!!!!!!!

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Cycling Summer

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

This summer I spent a great deal of time cycling with my great friend Maggie. She is an excellent cyclist and I am learning a lot. I truly enjoy her company and wisdom.

We have ridden many places and seen many things and we aren't through yet!

I also took a chemistry class this summer. I swam three days a week at least, studied 8 to 10 hours a day, rode...well you get the picture. Summer is basically over and school has started again. I did one Century ride and I plan on two more plus at least one triathlon in the coming months. I also start officiating volleyball in a couple of weeks. I guess I will manage to stay busy but I also plan on becoming more active on SparkPeople again. Have a great's gonna be a great ride!

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LINDAKAY228 8/17/2012 4:02PM

    You sure have been busy!

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DESERTDREAMERS 8/16/2012 11:14PM

    You're a bust woman! emoticon

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DUSTYGIRL25 8/16/2012 3:52PM

    Sounds like a wonderful summer! Yes, it does go by so very fast. But it sounds like you have been enjoying it every minute.
And by the way; You look absolutely Fantastic!!
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JUNEPA 8/15/2012 10:02PM

    Nice summer !!

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Forest Fires in the Gila Wilderness and Forest

Monday, June 04, 2012

Almost a month ago I went on a ride to Cliff New Mexico (on mother's day) and took a picture of a tiny smoke trail of a "controlled" burn, or an allowed burn caused by a lightning strike. Little did I know, but this tiny little smoke would lead to the largest forest fire ever in New Mexico.

Who would have known that the skimpy smoke seen in these two pictures would end up being almost a 300,000 acre fire? The fire is still only 15% contained and is still growing. We have suffered with the smoke now for many days.
Yesterday, we had a fire on Gomez Peak, which is across the canyon from where I live. I was a little more perturbed by this forest fire only because it was so close to home.

My kids still managed to go to the rodeo. All is not lost because the fire close to home is out and although the big one continues to burn and flood the area with smoke, the sunsets have been outstanding.

The sunset pictures were taken over my neighbors house and just up the road from the house. Spanky was on his walk and patiently watched the splendor while I took pictures.
Take care guys...Monday is on the way!

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JIBBIE49 7/15/2012 8:04PM

    Those fires were sad. We lived in Southern California from 77-81 and I remember people having pumps for their swimming pools so they could put out the fires and save their houses, and having a TILE roof was also an issue compared to wood. They didn't recommend people try to fight the fire, but I do recall several who did and saved their houses. One guy in 1994 saved his 12,000 sq. ft house because it was built with nothing combustible, so nothing to burn. Everything around him burned down and his place was left. emoticonHe was an engineer who had built the house himself.

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CZARINA_TV 6/4/2012 10:15AM

    I'm glad you guys are safe! I know that there have been forest fires in that area for thousands of years, but it's still scary. Love the sunset shot!

Take care!

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W5VEOTX 6/4/2012 10:13AM

    So sad. Beautiful area and have enjoyed camping and hiking there (although years ago).

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