Mai and I took a walk on the far side of the mountains today at Albuquerque’s Open Space area in Gutierrez Canyon. I looked at my bicycling journal and saw I had ridden nine days in a row. Too many! I try to take at least one day off the bike every week. Taking a walk in a beautiful landscape seems to be one of the best ways to recover the body from bicycling.
I rode my bicycle out here yesterday. This is my favorite two hour ride. I live right near the I-40 multi use trail in Albuquerque that leads to the gateway to the east mountains area, Tijeras Canyon. The I-40 trail helps me get out of the city with ease, and once past the Tramway/Central and Central/Four Hills intersections, its open road. Amazing to experience the contrast of landscapes as I pedal through Tijeras and on to higher elevations in the east mountains. Oh the joy of the open road!
The trail begins around 6,700′ and there was snow on the ground in places. Over on this side of the mountains it is the mountains themselves that make me awestruck and humble. Over on the Albuquerque side in the high desert it is the expansive sky that makes it so magnificent.
Now when I ride my bike down on the road below I have a better feeling for the shape of the land. Getting to the know the landscape requires time and attention, just like people do. I do believe that this is one of the primary ways in which I can enrich my life, spending time outdoors that is. It definitely softened the day and melted away a lot a tension, and we really enjoyed a hot dinner upon returning home! Thanks Albuquerque for preserving this open space.