Soundtrack: The Nearness of You
I was lucky to be shown the long way around the Sandia Mountains today. First we headed north along the Rio Grande to the San Felipe Pueblo. Then east on a dirt road past the ghost town of Hagen. We emerged on La Madera road and reconnected with the Turquoise Trail and continued around back to town. Here’s a map.
Today I felt no inclination to ride quickly. I just wanted to sit back and enjoy it all. Sometimes I tend to rush through things but today I was happy in the here and now.
The road bike builds intimate connections between riders and places. There are not many barriers or screens between us and the world when we are riding a bike. Being in the open air is simply exhilarating.
It seems paradoxical to be so at ease on a bicycle in a far away and remote place but that’s how I feel when I give myself up to the adventure. The self reliance and freedom bicycling involves brings a relaxed sense of security. To know the shape of the day and the landscape so intimately are gifts indeed.