This is all-paced ride up as much of the crest as you feel inclined to ride. There's another group that does this ride on Wednesday evenings so there will be about a dozen other people out there. There's very light traffic on weekday evenings so it's pretty nice. Bring appropriate clothing as it can get really, really cold coming down the mountain. Ride start times are flexible; Text/call/email me if you plan to start early or late. Meet for food and drinks at the Greenside cafe afterwards.
Sandia Park/Triangle Ride
This ride starts/ends at 4-Hills Smiths....Tramway/Central. We ride out the Tijeras Canyon road (Old Rt-66) to village of Tijeras, then turn north on old RT-14, ride the 7 mile climb to Sandia Park Triangle. Food/Rest stop at Shell Station; return same route. Open ride....bring a friend.
Join us for this year’s edition of the I Break for Beers Ride. This tour will go by (right by or nearby) almost 30 different breweries around town. We’ll start and end at one of the best – Nexus brewery. We’ll wander up into the northeast heights, back down through downtown, out to the north side of town, and finally end up back where we started. Lunch afterward (and an adult beverage or two – you’ve earned it) will be at Nexus. Come on along.
This is a self contained trip from Juneau, Alaska to the Yukon and back doing the "Golden Circle" route. We will follow the route used by gold prospectors in the gold rush in the late 1890’s. 400 miles of riding in wilderness over mountain ranges with tents, stoves and sleeping bags. We will have to carry food for multiple days. There there will be grizzly bears with other wildlife. Part of the trip will be on the famous Alaska Highway built during War War II to get supplies up to Alaska. I will arrive in Juneau on June 28 and return to Albuquerque on July 12. We will leave Juneau on June 30th. This is the trip of a lifetime! Please contact me if you are interested for more information.
Tour of the North Country “Lite” - North Central New Mexico, 2017
This is an eight day extended tour of North Central New Mexico. There will be a mix of camping and motel stays, Camping where there are no motels and motels where there is no camping. Distances are moderate for an all-day ride, with numerous but not excessive climbs. In a change from the 2015 Tour, you won’t have to carry your camping gear on your bike, or even need a touring bike, we will have a vehicle to carry your gear from stop to stop. There won’t, however, be a SAG following the ride each day.
Reservations will need to be made at some Campgrounds, especially on weekends, so try to commit as early as possible.
Rides Around Seattle
On August 31 I plan to be in Seattle and spend 11 to 12 days riding my old routes. The RAS (Rides Around Seattle) can be very interesting, scenic and challenging.All rides will start and end at Log Boom Park in Kenmore so here is what I have in mind:
1. Ride Around Lake Washington. The Burke Gilman Trail will take us around the lake, almost.
2. Ride around Lake Sammamish. This ride takes us east along the Sammamish River Slough where we might see some bald eagles.
3. Snohomish Loop. The route will take us north to the town of Snohomish which is very well known for it antique stores.
4. Other Rides. The Cascade Bicycle Club (cascade.org) has daily free rides that we could also join. One that I am particularly interested in is a ride that would takes into the downtown area and along the waterfront and the fringes of China Town.
Riding possibilities are endless and we can pick and choose from the offerings of the CBC. The plan is to do all rides early in the morning to allow afternoon sightseeing.
Now for the travel details. I plan on driving up so that Kathy can come too as well as to be able to take my bike. Each one who comes will be responsible for their own transportation and accommodation. There are a number of hotels near Kenmore, Bothell and Woodinville, both within about 5 to 8 miles from the starting point. I hope to find an AirBandB in Kenmore. Since each one of us will take care of our own travel and accommodations, we can stay as long as we want or leave early. Kathy has already informed me that we will be taking some side trips including Victoria, BC (Buchart Gardens) and some parks in Utah on the return drive.
Please let me know if you are interested or have any questions.
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Abiquiu Adventure Ride
Sept. 9-10 based at Ghost Ranch, with a roughly 44-mile out and back ride on Saturday from Bode’s store to El Rito where we would have lunch at El Farolito New Mexican restaurant.
Sunday we would drive through El Rito to the junction with NM554 and NM111, park in the large space at the intersection and do a roughly 35-mile ride through farmland and forested areas to just beyond Vallecitos and back. Terrain both days involves some climbing and rollers but nothing too extreme. Hiking opportunities at Ghost Ranch or nearby Plaza Blanca
Accommodations available at Ghost Ranch:
Room rate per night for private room with bath including breakfast $159 (without b/fast $150)
Room rate per night for private room sharing a bath with one other room, $149 ($140 w/o b/fast)
Dorm accommodation, separate rooms w. twin bed or bunks, but shared bath down the hall, $99 per night
Camping, $35 per night for 2-tent site, access to showers and toilets
Dining hall onsite: breakfast $10, lunch $12 and dinner $14.
More information at: www.ghostranch.org/visit/lodging-meals/ or call 505.685.1000
Bode’s store about 12 miles away also has great burritos and other food.
RSVP to Rosalie Rayburn required by Aug. 15
Pat and I are doing a self-guided cycle tour this Summer from Bordeaux to Toulouse, France and invite you to join us for another NMTS European adventure. Below is a partial description from the tour companies website. Email or call me for further information and website links. Total mileage is 184 miles, with a daily average of around 37 miles.
There is no better way to understand the heart of southern France than to cycle through it and feel the beat! This self-guided cycling tour begins in the cultural capital of Bordeaux and ends in the inviting metropolis of Toulouse, but that's only part of the story. Between them, you'll follow the spectacular Canal de Garonne, a lengthy 19th century waterway and designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, through quaint villages, blossoming countryside, and rows upon rows of highly cultivated vines. It's a journey through both the traditionally rural and the fiercely industrial aspects of this fascinating French region.
Our seven-day itinerary is mostly flat as it skirts a level waterway, making it perfect for first-timers, leisure cyclists, and families with children. We have carefully selected some wonderful places to stay along the way and will transport your bags between each one, but otherwise we'll stay out of your way. Once you've picked up your bikes, maps, and information packs, you are free to enjoy this stunning route at your own pace.