Friday, June 27, 2008

Arroyos Chamisos del Stupa es Glorieta

   It has been a nice summer so far. Accept for the fact that we are really starting to reap the benefits of such a corrupt government.
   Rides have been plentiful in the land of Enchantment. A while ago after work I met Anthony for a sweet ride along the arroyo behind St. Johns which shares a trail head with the Atalaya trail. We made our way up to the Stupa as well. As we were leaving the Stupa a girl drove by and said "Hey look, Buddhist Bikers"

One Lonely Cloud

   Ohh yeaa, Also I met up with a guy from Philly named Brian and we rode the lovely trails of Cochiti. Well at least they did. I made it till we were just about to accept the rewards of climbing all this way to the Killer Switchbacks and my tire went KABOOM! Shit was like a gunshot I Must of jumped 10 ft. I had a lot of hiking to do so we directed Brian and his buddy to continue on and Anthony was awesome enuff to go retrieve his truck and come meet me in Cochiti canyon. It was a long walk in my bike shoes. Blisters were plentiful.

Anthony climbing through the brush on the Alamos trail.

A friend of Brians from Corrales and for the life of me I can't remember his name.

   We got up to the rd and we crossed it over to that sweet trail that descends and then meets up with the Killer Switchback tr. First we decided to have a bite to eat.

Then while stopped to take a picture of these lovely iris's my tire exploded.

It was a lovely hike

   After hiking down Alamos trail I started to get parched.The stream crossings were lovely I took a couple breaks to douse my noggin.
   Ended up to be a great day. Brian and his buddy found there way. and we had a beer afterwards.

   Then a couple weeks ago Anthony and Robert and I hit up the Glorietta ride for a change. Up ghost town to baldy then descend the ripping singletrack back to the car. Antony and I both had our cameras so it is a combo of the 2 of us.

Robert coming through some aspens

At the hotel we played on a fun little skinny to drop. Anthony got the better picture. Mine was a little too close. :(

There is some cool old mines above the hotel.

with Glorieta comes some hiking especially above ghost town.

As we got up higher there was still some lingering snow.

then of course there is the obligatory shots from the tower

Robert was enjoying Glorieta this day.

   Riding in the Mountains is very fun.

   What is in your audio player? I am currently listening to The new Black Keys album Attack and Release. It is very different then all there other albums. Danger Mouse produced it. Some peeps may hate on this album but I have been enjoying it. I also am gettting back into Six Parts Seven again.

   Musica es divertido!

               Mooi se jayye

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Tewa Clowns or Outlaws?

   The other day Todd was telling me I was a clown. A Tewa Clown to be exact. I said what the hell are you talking about? Upon closer examination I would have to agree with Todd that in fact, the whole SSO Factory Team is based on the Hopi Clown known as the Tewa Clown.These Clowns, while they are certainly slapstick merry makers are also tradition keepers and teach lessons about the Good and Bad in man. Little did I know that Joe having native American blood in him would fashion his team after a Clown. Pure genious.
    Too many rides to recall. I have some backlogged images from a couple rides from a bit ago. One of which was a sweet ride which was the first of my 40th year on this earth. It was my first ride of the season on Rio En Medio as well.

Mark and Dave climbing up Pacheco Canyon rd

Steve having a good ol time

Ramon on it as usual

One reason I love Rio En Medio is all the water features

Ramon on one of the last switchbacks before hitting pacheco canyon again. It is nice not having to take any pavement from Rio En MEdio over to Pacheco Canyon rd.

Viva Santa Fe

Then it was back for another lovely ride up medio dia

Steve with a determined look on his mug

Ray and Steve riding along

persistance rewards Brian

Ray is good at getting the group off course...but it is always ends with smiles

Ray opening the fence into the town of Bland

Steve zips it up

Raney brought in this lovely tandem to work the other day. It would be sweet to take that thing up Hyde Park road. We could have tandem townie races up the ski hill rd.

    What is in your audio player? I got out Bob Marley and the Wailers:Catch A Fire. It is a great album. I had just watched a movie about the making of that album called Classic Albums: Bob Marley and the Wailers - Catch a Fire . The movie has great performance footage from the time and has awesome interviews with Rita Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer as well as Chris Blackwell who produced the album for Island. It is interesting how Blackwell added in some other musicians to make it more appealing to western audiences. If you like Bob and haven't seen this movie I would suggest getting it.
    After going to Cochiti Saturday I stoppped by Santa Fe Brewery to fill my growler. I decided to get a pint as well and listen to The Reverend Horton Heat do there sound check outside on the patio whilst I enjoyed my lovely IPA.

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