Wednesday, August 23, 2006

The Grassy Meadows of Rancho Viejo

   WOW!!! What a ride Rancho Viejo is. It has got to be the most remote trail in Santa Fe. It is really fun. We started out on Pacheco Canyon and rode up that to Aspen ranch and got on the Borrego and took that up to the Rio Capulin trail and went left and took that up to the Rio en Medio trail and descended and then back over to Pacheco Canyon (Thanks Matt) then back to the vehicle for liquid refreshment. Looking at the map it looks there is sooooo much more trails. Borrego just keeps going and going and going. I wonder when "the MAN" will wise up and open the Wilderness to us bikers. Here are a few pics.
We met Todd at the nice overlook on Pacheco Canyon rd.

Then we began the climb up the rd. It was quite a nice day

The Paparazzi jumped out of a bush and shot a picture of us.

We took this little cut thru on our way to Aspen Ranch. It was fun ... A little bit of hike a bike

Todd has an unorthodox way of climbing gates.

Jay having a good time on the Borrego

Todd shaking off his fall

Break time. By a mossy tree

Todd Airin it out

ahhhh water

some more climbing

I LOVE this pic of Todd climbing up post switch back

Jay showing us how it is done

Pretty new signage

I assume this means NO BIKES!

Then it was on to the meadows

onto Rio en Medio

Then we went on a nice section of trail that had some hike a bike in the beginning

as Jay comes in Todd enjoys a BEER

   Heading up to ride Monarch Crest this weekend. Should be a good ol time.A friend from Boulder is meeting us as well I hope he brings a growler of Mountain Sun
   What is in your audio player? I have Bad Brains- I Against I in mine.HR and company put on killer shows. Especially in DC.They would go from full on hardcore to full on roots reggae. I had to drop off the car at the shop today and I listened to that on the ride back home. Even stopped for a Latte'. Fit right in the cage.

Ohh yeaa and the SSWC is over. It look freakin killer. Scottland next year.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Sights of the Santa Fe rail trail

   It was such a bonus when I found out that there was a spur trail basically at the end of our street that connects with the Rail Trail. Which goes right into town and goes down to Lamy about 14 miles of trails The spur trail is another 3.4 miles of dirt. Which meets the rail trail south of town close to Arroyo Hondo. Which also has a few miles of trails as well. To me this is one of the reasons I am digging it here. I must ride at weird times because I never see people out riding on the trails much at all. I guess that is good.
This is a trail that crosses the tracks and takes you to the arroyo hondo trails which I need to ride a little more. Anthony lives on the right side of the tracks. I can ride dirt all the way to his house.

Looking north from the spur

Shadows are sharp here in the desert

Watch for trains!

It is hard to keep peddling past Second Street Brewery when you are on the rail trail.

    Ella and I went on a really nice small hike up at Hyde State Park the other day to the Waterfall trail and with all the rain lately the waterfall was flowing nicely.

Choices Choices

Speaking of beer I think it is about time to bust out the brewing kit. Give it a 2nd try.
    What is in your audio player? I got Pigeon John - Pigeon John Sings the Blues! in mine.
    The Outlaw is getting ready to get on a plane for the SSWC in Sweden sounds like it is gonna be a hoot. Let's hope Joe can score that nice Curtis Inglis the Winners get. It is truly a work of art.
    Brad checked in with a couple pics from a ride he did the other day.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

You have just turned onto my street..

    Hey there. I busted out the geary today and rode from Fort Marcy to the ski area after work. I had been wanting to do this ride since I got here, but always decided to ride dirt instead. Last week I was up at the Sierra del Norte parking lot getting ready for what turned into a 30 minute ride because of rain. While I was getting ready, a guy from Albuquerque was talking to me about the trails and said he had officiated the Hill Climb up Hyde Park that morning. I asked him what the winner did it in and he said 59 minutes. Wow I thought. Soo that got me thinking about doing it finally so today I finally did it. I got from my car to the ski area gate in 1:23. It was a nice ride and the descent was a smoker. Will have to do that again soon.
     I had a ride a while ago that was a nice solo ride. As seems to be normal for this time of year it rained a bit and was thunder and some lightning. I took a couple shots from it.
This is the way the clouds look daily lately.

I always like this rock on Sidewinder

I love the Winsor

Coming back down to the car on the ridge

    It was a another nice ride here in lovely Santa Fe.
    I went with Ella's summer camp on a hike up Big Tesuque trail. It was really fun with all the kids. We saw this nice mushroom on the hike

It had a perfect shape to it. It looked like it had oatmeal sprinkled on top.

What is in your audio player? I got Sage Francis- Personal Journal in mine. All righty later on...