Friday, November 30, 2007

The Sun Sets on the South Boundary Trail (till next spring)

   Got one more ride in on the South Boundary trail before the snow flew. It was a really great ride. Great people and a great trail and everything came together. accept for the fact that I couldn't get my espresso on because The Bean was closed for remodeling or something whacky like that. So from there Mark Rob and I drove onto Gregs kids school right down the street where we were gonna meet Greg and his SSweet family. Of course we were all introduced but I can't seem to remember there names. Gregs girlfriend was Kind enuff to shuttle us. So we loaded up Brians(Brian and Rick had decided to ride without us and do a slightly different ride) truck With our gear and all of us and Greggs 2 kids. Off we went. On the way up to Angel Fire we decided to start the ride from Valle Escondido up to Elliot Barker then take that up to Osha Peak and the South Boundary. all the way back to Taos. Rob had just gotten to town from Cabin John Maryland. I met Rob last year when he and his wife Margaret visited for a week or so and Rob had posted up on MTBR looking for peeps to ride with while he was in town. So being he was coming from the Old Line state I had to oblige. It sucks that the only guy from MD that I have ridden with out here in New Mexico is someone I didn't even know. Nobody I know from MD wants to check out the Land Of Enchantment :(. I am glad to have met Rob though. He has proven to be good luck for great rides when he visits. Took a few shots with my camera

My view on the way to the drop off.

Rob coming up from Valle Escondido

Here is Mark. I better not say anything witty about him.

Greg and Mark coming to me

Robert coming across the line

Break Time for the Ol lady

Mark chillin

Robert and Rob enjoying the RIDE

into the Light

Mark contemplating his next comment on MTBR

Then we got to Osha Peak and had a snack before getting into the beauty that is the South Boundary trail and a section Robert called Heaven on Earth.


Meeting of the minds at Garcia Park

Greg is riding on thin ice

First snow of the year

   What a RIDE. This epitomizes Mountain Biking to me. It was a perfect day of riding with good peoples.After the ride We were all to meet at Eskes. Alas like the Bean, Eskes was just closed for no apparent reason. We can only hope they were cleaning there tap lines and brewing some better beer. ;). It turned out to be an omen because we went to the Guadalajara Grill southside for some eats and beers. That place ripped. I had fish tacos and they were quite nice. We met up with Brian and Rick too. It turns out they were chasing us when we thought that we were chasing them.

    Had a new holiday offering the other night. It is made by Odell's. It is there Isolation Ale. It is tasty. All though I would not put it in the realm of Celabration.

    What is in your audio player? I have M. Ward in mine from Duet for Guitars #2. GoodDan at work hooked me with it and a couple others. I think that one was his first album. I also saw that M. Ward and Bright Eyes are playing together. Here is a killer song they did at the Hollywood Bowl.


Sunday, November 18, 2007

Cochiti Ray

    Ol' Cochiti Ray is a man who likes to take long walks with his bike. With it usually comes some epic descents. So with that knowledge I decided to join Ray and his friends on a ride to find the plane crash of cochiti. He promised less hike-a-bike then last time as well. So off we went. We found the plane and ended up having a great ride. Cochiti is sooooo beautiful. It is a hidden gem of New Mexico and it is in my back yard. I must of done something right to deserve such incredible trails. As usual I lugged my archaic camera along and took some pictures.

I grabbed my water bottle and off i went

We got started up Bland canyon. Luckily Tony noticed my rear shock was REALLY low on air so we aired it up and it rode great the rest of the day.

Joe is fast

Joe coming up into the sunlight

Ray riding a Turner

This is how Maka climbs

Me trying to be a Tuff Guy

The ghost town of Bland is down there . YOu can see the old Bland Motel.

Then we rode along this fun ridge with some more climbing thrown in for good measure and we came to the plane wreck. The plane wrecked there in the 60's and the guy walked away from it. crazy

This is looking back form where the plane came in to crash. You can see the wing came right off. Amazing that he came through there and survived.

This old Shasta can was in the cockpit.

Anthony meditating on this FINE New Mexican day.

Ray is even happy when he breaks his chain

You can see Cochiti Lake in the distance

Anthony wanted a moment to himself

   What a sweet ride. Ray does tend to like to do rides that have more walking then riding though. The payoff is always sweet descents like the Over 40 trail that we took.
   Then I got home and popped this Stone 11th Anniversary offering. It was really good. Dark and hoppy.

The next day Autumn reserved us and her dad a tub at 10,000 waves for a soak. Twas nice.

    Read a cool short story that had appeared in Dirt Rag in 1995. Since I ride this trail regularly. I feel like I may have seen this witch before. It is called The Atalaya Witch.
    What is in your audio player? I am listening to the mix cd I made for SSportsmans CD Circle. It is a smattering of mostly east coast flavored musica.
    All right everyone Have a great Turkey day and don't forget to ride your bicycle.