Friday, March 31, 2006

Dorothy Stewart part 2

  March 31st on this day in 1967 Jimi Hendrix burned his guitar for the first time at London's Astoria Theatre. He is sent to the hospital afterwards for burns on his hands. It sucks that Hendrix died so early. He was just hitting his stride with the Band of Gypsy's If they could of done a studio album you know it would of been sweet.Buddy MIles was killer. Billy Cox as well rocked. Enough lamenting.
  I had a tasty brew the other night. I got it just because I like everything that stone does it seems, so I tried the Smoked Porter and what do you know I liked this one too.

Here are a few more pics from the Dorothy Stewart rides we had done last week.

I cleaned this part for the first time on this ride.

Of course Anthony made it.

Nice view here

snowy wheel

This is a SCARY corner

This town has views around every corner

Then the snow got a little deeper


Comin down the mountain

  The rides here just keep getting better. A few days ago I went to ride in the Burque at Cedro. It was a blast. We got some nice shots too. I will post em up soon.
  Ella made a nice St Patricks day hat at school the other day.

  We also went for a nice walk after a snow storm rolled through

  What is in your audio player? I have Shuggie Otis-inspiration information in my player.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Dorothy Stewart is nice!

  I didn't like her art much, But I love her trail.
  Spring is here everyone. With it comes later days and WARM temps. Ahhhhhh I must say that I like the warmer temps. All though I do like to play in the snow as well. We just didn't get much snow to speak of here this winter. The last few rides I have been on have been SSweet we have been parking at the Wilderness Gate parking and heading down the road to the Dorothy Stewart trail which ends up meeting up with the Dale Ball South trails. The trail is a great starting trail as it doesn't start with a ball buster climb right out of the gate.
  I signed up for the Santa Fe century I spoke of last post. I am now committed. It will be my first century ride. Is anyone else doing this ride? I think I better dust off the Canondale since I haven't ridden it since we got here.
  A friend(Jay) that I ride bikes with here in Santa Fe is selling these Garmin GPS units that are INSANE they do everything. If you are looking for a GPS unit he sells them for cheaper than anywhere you can find on the internet. I have a link to the Garmin on my sidebar click on it and check it out. I am saving my duckets as we speak. I want one by the time I do the Santa Fe century. I love that you can use the motion based mapping software and watch a dot roll through the loop you have done at the pace you did it.   Here are some pics from a ride or 2 from Dorothy Stewart to Atalaya than down to the Arroyo.

It's all climbing in the beginning as usual in Fanta Se

A close up of my tire tread that doesn't work to well in the dry loose stuff.

Wow! Think you could climb up or come down this?

Anthony's Formula brakes

The descending part is nice

Ahh! Santa Fe switchbacks

Nice spot to take a load off

This ends Dorothy Stewart part 1
What is in your audio player? I have The White Stripes- De Stijl in my player.
Lets all go ride bikes.

Friday, March 17, 2006


   Jay and I went on a nice ride on trails around town the other day and decided to go check out this Stupa that I had heard about up in the hills above Santa Fe. The Stupa represents the Buddha's body, his speech and his mind, but most especially his mind and every part shows the path to Enlightenment. I really thought this place was beautiful and had a good vibe . I will go back I am sure. It is amazing that someone would build this place it must of taken quite a bit of money. Amazing how much Money is in this town. It felt great to visit this nice place. I feel that the SingleSpeed was welcomed here. Here are a few pics from the Stupa.

obviously Jay has not been enlightened with his choice of bikes. :) Actually I am sure all human powered locomotion is welcome .

Prayer flags were blowin in the wind

celebrating ONENESS

This is the path to enlightenment. Are you following that path?

Well it finally snowed here the other day. It was quite nice.

  "Dharma" means "protection". By practising Buddha's teachings we protect ourself from suffering and problems. All the problems we experience during daily life originate in ignorance, and the method for eliminating ignorance is to practise Dharma. I am trying to practice that more.
  Anthony was talking about doing the Santa Fe Century I am gonna do it as well. It will be my First century. I am also eyeing up this local MTB race. Should be good fun.
   What is in your audio player? I have Sonic Youth-Experimental Jet Set Trash and No Star. Everybody have a Sweet day, I am gonna go for a ride before worky. PEACE

Thursday, March 09, 2006

La Glorieta Pass

Wow! I love Glorieta.I never knew that there was a Civil War battle there. I always thought the Civil War was fought in the East.
  Anthony and I went on a great ride up there the other day. We parked in the Baptist center and biked up to ghost town and beyond to Thompson Peak. Then we descended down beautiful single track to the Baptist center. A delightful romp in the woods! Here are some pics.
Anthony rolling through a stream.

The whole first half of the ride is Climbing.

There are a few breaks in the climbing
We always enjoy this little bump

Little stop at the ghost town

Shot of Anthony's nice new Drivetrain, tire, Chainring, and brakes.

Where we are all headed.

I need to get a better tire for these dry conditions out here.

Anthony getting the most from his ride

This is where the ghost town trail meets up with the fireroad 63A that we have climbed up before.

And some more climbing....

We get to the top of Glorieta Baldy and I figure we are done the climbing. Anthony on the other hand decides we should head over to Thompson Peak. Sounded good to me. We didn't think it would drop down as far as it did before we had to ascend back up to the peak. It was a sweet section of trail though. Could use some cleaning though.

Here is a pile of rocks marking Thompson Peak.

There were some great sections of trail through trees

Then it was back to Glorieta Baldy at the Fire Lookout.

From here it is mostly real fun downhill run for 10 miles. It starts with these tight switchbacks on real loose rocky stuff.

Then it becomes more smooth type of trail for a while. Real fast

After riding in the pines like that it gets real fun with trail rolling through and over big boulders and rock stuff.It is soooo fun it feels like you are really out in the wilderness. When we come home we always pass by this closed gas station that has old prices listed on the sign. Makes you wish for those days.

Man speaking of gas and cars and whatnot. I have never seen as many Subaru's I have seen here in Santa Fe. I bet per capita there are more here then anywhere else.
What is in your audio player? I gots Bob Dylan- The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan in.Speaking of Dylan I rented the Dylan movie that Scorsese did called No Direction Home again. I think I need to buy it.