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.
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!
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 minute..so 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!
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 week...it's gonna be a great ride!
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!