Saturday’s ride turned out to be an absolute gem. I started out late and missed the group ride, but that turned out to work in my favor. I took it slow and instead of feeling rushed I was enjoying being in the flow. I was in a timefree zone all day. Coming down Tramway I saw this balloon land. And then on 313 north to Bernalillo I passed about 35-40 riders, a meet up group called the “cycling peeps.” Mai discovered them online the other day. They are an all women group with about 300 members. No website, no complicated clubs, just an online meet up network dedicated to connecting for a common interest, bicycling beautiful New Mexico.
The day was glorious. High sixties, light breezes, and a crystalline sky. The warming air coupled with moist soil draws out the fragrances of the biosphere. Normally a day this warm would be alarming for the evaporation rate but the USDA says the snowpack is above normal. Just a good day to relax and enjoy. I decided to take the long route to San Felipe, then east.
Days like this epitomize why I love cycling in the Southwest. I saw a youth soccer game on a field in San Felipe. I looked for the herd of wild horses on the Hagan road but they must have been higher in the mountains today. And after doing the nice loop around the Sandia mountains I climbed the Crest highway a little. I went to mile nine. When I turned around I could see clear to the snow covered mountains that rise above the sagebrush plains of Taos. Great day.
Here’s the map from Strava: https://www.strava.com/activities/492845078/embed/af925c6e552eb7159ff033943b5ff145360e654c