Friday, January 20, 2006
3rd Time's a Charm
Good day to you all. Last week Anthony and I went back to Glorieta to make good on a loop that has been alluding us. Well we finally did the loop proper and it felt good. The singletrack coming down from the fire lookout down to Glorieta center was incredible. It gave you a little bit of everything. On our way back down we met a older couple hiking up. We got to talking to them,They had been living in Santa Fe for 6 years now and had moved here from MD(Bethesda area). It Is amazing how many people Autumn and I have met from the MD- DC area since we got here. It was nice talking with them. They said after 6 years they are still stoked to be here.I guess now is as good a time as any to show some shots from the ride.
Here is a shot from the car at the bottom of 63A
Ohhh the climb
There are a couple of downhills during the pull up 63A that break up the 3000 ft of climbing that you do.
Then of course it is right back to climbing.
You get to the top and rest and enjoy the good vibes of having just climbed 3000 ft. This is a guy we met at the Peak he was with his dog and a friend. Sadly he was saying that were we where there should be a few feet of snow. It is sooooo dry here below the 4 corners area. We need some precip badly. :(
After talking with the couple and there doggy we decided to begin our journey downward. This time we made the left turn onto Glorieta Baldy trail instead of taking Baldy trail towards Apache Canyon. The first part of the descent is Very steep. Lots of loose rock switchbacks with stairstep ledges.After that it mellowed out a bit. This section I liked because it was little like east coast riding. Riding on a pillow of pine needles. Even a log pile or 2 thrown in.
After riding up and down along ridge line we came to a really nice spot to give thanks.
Everyone venturing into the back country should have a extra sock with them!
After a short break we continued on. The trail on this last part became real fun with big rock type of stuff
Then back to the car for a much deserved brew... Ahhh . We all know how biking makes everything taste better.
I rented a couple more movies this week One was the Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou which was pretty darned funny. The other was Hell's Highway.
What is in your audio player? After Hamad said he was listening to rosalia de souza I decided to bust out some Brazilian tunes as well with someGilberto Gil. K off to work , Peace