Moving in, on, and around and about

The main living area at Rancho Pendejo. A couple Brangoccios will soon adorn that far wall.

The main living area at Rancho Pendejo. A couple Brangoccios will soon adorn that far wall.

Rancho Pendejo is coming together, bit by bit, inch by inch.

The Pink Room is now Livable Green, as is the master bedroom. The living room is likewise livable, but not green, with the furniture more or less arranged, some works from my old college pal Michael Brangoccio on the walls, and the home-theater setup ticking along nicely, serving up Blu-Ray, streaming video via Mac Mini, and KUNM-FM. And the kitchen is open for business whenever I’m inclined to cook, which lately is not often. Folks actually make edible grub here, and it’s been fun playing culinary explorer.

The bike stops here: Just east of Rancho Pendejo sits the Cibola wilderness.

The bike stops here: Just east of Rancho Pendejo sits the Cibola wilderness.

We’ve also been exploring the local trails, which are abundant, eclectic and accessible pretty much from the front door.

The excellent Tramway bike path can be found just a couple blocks west on Comanche Road. And there’s a bike lane on Comanche itself that runs most of the way west to the North Diversion Channel Trail. The Paseo del Norte trail will get you there, too, but there are a few hiccups along the way.

Just a couple blocks east is Foothills Trail 365, a short stretch of which makes a nice out-and-back run for Herself. I’ve been hiking around and about there, jogging the uphills to see how the knees feel, and yesterday I took the Voodoo Nakisi out for a short exploratory ride on the trails that fan out from 365 and stumbled across the entrance to a bit of local wilderness, all of three miles from Rancho Pendejo. Fat city.

We got a light rain last night, and there’s more of the same in the forecast, so I’ll probably give the trails a rest today, maybe have a whang at the Tramway instead. It goes without saying that neither of the two bikes I brought from Bibleburg sports fenders. Duh.

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19 Responses to “Moving in, on, and around and about”

  1. Andy Bohlmann Says:

    Do the locals know you have moved in? Probably shouldn’t tell them…

  2. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Patrick is back among the living. Let’s get him off that table.

  3. khal spencer Says:

    Sounds like you are settling in quite nicely, Patrick. So when is the housewarming party? Inquiring freeloaders want to know….

  4. Libby Says:

    Very charming and full of character. A kiva in the bedroom – cozy! Speaking of character, where is the pic of Turk adorning your drawing board? A pouncing Miss Mia and the besotted Mr. Boo? I know, never satisfied.

  5. Sharon Says:

    Looks like a cool place Patrick. When your kitties and little guy give a formal thumbs up – it will be a paws certified real home.

  6. John Dallager Says:

    POG: I’m thinkin’ you, Herself, and the Menagerie are going to like your new digs and new neighborhood! Looks great!

  7. Charley Says:

    Another few years and it will be almost perfect! Hah.

  8. Larry T. Says:

    Looks pretty nice. I’m finding my way around on the bike here in Rome post Eroica. Riding along the Tiber to the north took me onto a bike trail that ran on for farther than I wanted to go, with a few detours on the return. This weekend we hope to ride Gran Fondo Campagnolo Roma and discover some other routes here in the Eternal City. I see guys in full kit on high-end bikes riding all over, so there must be some decent places to ride?

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      Enjoyed part 2 of your Eroica post! Great pix.
      Did you get the Ambassador out for a ride yet or sign him up for a tour?

      • Larry T. Says:

        So far we’ve mostly just seen the Ambassador’s “convoy” go past announced by the siren of the cop car that precedes his monstrous black SUV. I wonder if he goes out on a bike with the same entourage? Wonder what would happen if I wandered across the street and knocked on his door, asking “Ciao, wanna go for a bike ride?”

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        How about just sending him a note with your business card? Maybe he is looking for a riding buddy or two.

      • Larry T. Says:

        Turns out the guy who lives across the street is NOT the US Ambassador to Italy, John Phillips but a guy named Ken Hackett who is not (as far as I know) a cyclist, but is the US Ambassador to the Vatican. I’ll be ready the next time Philips (the cyclist) comes to visit the Academy!!

  9. LunaGroper Says:

    Bitchin’ crib!

  10. John O Says:

    looks a lot less ‘boxed’ than last week.

  11. Stephen Newhall Says:

    Patrick, would you be interested in testing a Raleigh Tamland 2? I talked with our Raleigh Rep and he thinks he can get a demo bike. This is the link to the bike: Stephen, the old guy from rob and charlie’s

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Hey, Stephen … funny you should mention it. Adventure Cyclist has been interested in the bike, but has had trouble laying hands on one. So the short answer is yes, if your rep is still interested. I’ll drop you an email on Tuesday.

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