Interbike 2013: Swimming to Santa Fe

The scene outside the passenger window near Wagon Mound, N.M.

The scene outside the passenger window near Wagon Mound, N.M.

SANTA FE, N.M. (MDM) — I arose this morning to partly cloudy skies and images of my old friend Jennifer Buntz on the TV, discussing some bikey issue on KOB-TV out of Albuquerque.

I chose to regard both of these developments as good omens, having left Bibleburg under threatening skies and surfed a couple of gully-washers en route to The City Different, the traditional first stop on the Road To Mandalay (Bay). It’s still raining back home, Herself confirmed this morning.

I expected more of the same in Santa Fe, but managed to sneak in a quick soak and steam under the clouds at Ten Thousand Waves, poaching the editorial kinks out of my moth-eaten carcass.

All my usual dinner haunts are closed on Sundays, so I grabbed some disgustingly healthy grub from Whole Paycheck and took a brief assay of what was on the electrical babble box. Not much. I can’t believe people pay American money to watch this shit. I likewise gave myself a day away from the Innertubes, being weary of that particular monsoon, too.

This morning it’s an overdue dose of green chile at Tia Sophia’s and then off to Flagstaff. See you along the road.

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3 Responses to “Interbike 2013: Swimming to Santa Fe”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    One of these days you need to stop by on your way through and get irradiated up here in the Plutonium Capital of the USA, Patrick. BombTown is only about 30 miles out of the way, but the beer and guest room is free, as is our dog Molly’s promise to nip at your ankles, as she does with all guests.

    The weekend found us down in Albuquerque, actually. Mostly sunny skies in the Duke City on Sunday, but many of the roads were a mess. We were supposed to leave Friday, but there were a bunch of crashes on NM 502, many road closures up here, and washouts at the bottom of the hill down by Totowi. Given that Driving While Stupid is the state sport, we decided to leave Saturday morning.

    Arriving in the Duke City, we saw one exit off of I-40 that was an instant car wash, with a lake at the bottom of the offramp deep enough to almost reach the running boards of small cars. Nothing like Colorado, but still, a major storm with the Rio Grande, which was nicknamed the “Rio Sand” just a couple weeks ago, at near flood stage.

    We were doing a short version of the Tour of the Rio Grande Valley. Riding over the Rio Grande, I was amazed at how much water was flowing through it. Bank to bank, and a little over the bank. A little south of Albuquerque riding on NM 313 towards Isleta, the road was flooded over. We got completely drenched with brown liquid goo, even riding the centerline crest of the road, but at least the nearby motorists were in a good mood. One of them could have kicked up a plume big enough to drown us, but they actually all waited patiently as we slowly navigated the couple hundred yards of flooded real estate.

    Needless to say, our water supply of four bottles was a biohazard at that point, so we stopped at a local gas station, dumped our water, stashed the bottles in our pannier, and bought some bottled water rather than risk losing twenty pounds each to giardia (weight we probably should lose anyway).

    Nice day all in all, but a little different than usual down here.

  2. Patrick O'Brien Says:

    Have a safe and enjoyable trip. If you find Prescott Brewing Company Liquid Amber ale on draft in Flag, it is really good. If they have Achocolypes porter, that was so good Sandy wanted to buy a house next to the brewery in Prescott!

  3. Larry T. Says:

    Glad you made it out of Dodge safe and dry. I’ll be climbing into an aluminum tube full of germs tomorrow morning on my way to Sin City. A rent-a-car excursion to visit my aged father in St. George, UT before coming back to Interbike and Lost Wages is the plan. I’ll be at the show Thursday and Friday. See ya there!

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