Monday, May 14, 2007

One to the Dome

   A few weeks ago I met some guys from work at Dixon Apple orchard. The plan of attack was to climb up the Dome Road and ride some of the crosstown trail then descend Carl Shipman trail to cochiti canyon and then take Alamosa trail over to Medio Dia trail and descend that back to the apple orchard. It turned out to be about 35 miles on the day. It was the first time this year that I rode my cheater bike. When we got up to the Carl Shipman Crosstown trail juncture we kept going up the Dome rd and thought we would be able to hook up some of the crosstown trail back to Carl Shipman. We couldn't find it so we just bombed back down to Carl Shipman. Let me tell you, Carl Shipman was a KILLER downhill. I was glad to have a full suspension on it. After Carl Shipman trail we took Alamosa trail which i believe is a trail made by throttle twisters. It is a brutal climb up out of a canyon with lots of tuff switchbacks. While you climb there are really cool tent rocks to look at to keep your mind off the climb. It was another great ride in the Cochiti area. There are just sooo many trails here. I can only hope to ride them all. I took a few pictures from the ride.
Dome road

There are some really cool rocks on Dome rd

Looking back from were we came. You can just see Cochiti Lake on the left and the road coming into the Dixon Apple Orchard on the right

A better view of Cochiti Lake behind Scott and Mark climbing.

After going through the burn area we stopped for a snack before the fun downhill run down Carl Shipman. Scott brought along some nice snacks. (not pictured are the lovely beef nuggets he had)

Here is my Specialized FSR Stumpjumper. It was good to get out on it. Poor thing is neglected.

Mark and Scott coming down a fun section

Then we came across these killer tent rocks

Then we began the long climb up the switchbacks

Mark pushing it

The water from the spring on Medio Dia tasted like the best water I have ever had.

Scott coming and going

    There ya have it. Another spectacular ride in Northern New Mexico. When we got back to the car Scott had graciously iced up some beers for us to consume post ride. They were Leinenkugels Summer Wheat. I am not much of a wheat fan but I enjoyed it.

   What is in your audio player? I have a bootleg of a Fugazi show in Austria in 1990.Great sound it must be off the board. Man they are On it for this show, Though I can't remember any bad shows i saw of Fugazi.
   May is National Bike month.So get out there and ride a Unicycle or a high bike or a Penny-Farthing.


dr who? said...

What would it take for a guy like me to get my hands on that show?? I can't get enough of those guys, even if Ian can be a prick@@

Tim Wise said...

Yeaa. If you get your address to me, I would be glad to burn it for you.

StageWest said...

Nice ride! I need to get back out there soon.

Climbing those switchbacks is definitely more enjoyable with gears!

hamad said...

how do you like the stumpjumper? i was thinking about picking one up at the end of the year.