Bienvenidos, 2015



20 Responses to “Bienvenidos, 2015”

  1. Pat O'Brien Says:

    It be frosty, here and there it appears.

    They closed 11 miles of I-19 between Tucson and Nogales due to iced over road surface. I want my global warming, dammit, and I want it now!

    Well, time to put the xmas tree and train set away until next year.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Yep — 22.6F here in the Greater Casa Grande/Rancho Pendejo Neighborhood, with a dusting of snow and a bit more expected over the next couple of days.

      Still, perspective is the thing. Eleven degrees in Bibleburg, and 3 in Weirdcliffe. And then there’s Flagstaff. Judas Priest.

      That said, I don’t anticipate much cycling on the first day of 2015. Maybe a short trail run is in order.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        I used to think we might settle up in Flag or Williams. Gave up that idea a few years ago. Like I said last year, the older I get, the colder I get. But in the summer it is a little piece of mountain bike heaven, especially if you like to ride forest service roads.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        I like Flag. It’s one of my favorite college towns, though Burlington, Vt., was a fun place too (back in the late Seventies, anyway).

        Can’t deal with the weather in either place, though. Not at my present stage of cootage (Cootery? Cootnishness?). Winter doesn’t play in Flag or Burlington. It gets right down to business.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Dotterage? Or maybe grizzage?

      • md anderson Says:

        Both my kids live in Flag. They are loving the snow, but then they are 20-somethings and can handle it. I like snow, out the window while I’m sitting next to the fire.

    • khal spencer Says:

      18 deg F here. About three inches of snow fell so far overnight and still falling lightly. I might get up to Pajarito Mountain today to see if I remember how to use my X-C skiis. Happy New Year, and keep the rubber side down in 2015.

  2. si little Says:

    uh,… does the sun rise and set in the same part of the horizon out there? the oicture landscape against the sky appears to be the same…

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Well, it is New Mexico, so you have to expect a little bit of weirdness. For example, the wind here has been known to come from all points of the compass simultaneously, especially if the observer happens to be riding a bicycle.

      As to morning/evening skies, Rancho Pendejo is on the east side of Duke City, up against the Sandias, and we often get some nice color there at both sunrise and sunset. I deliberately shot both pics in the same place (the back yard, looking south) but was hoping for a slightly more lively sunrise. Alas, the cloud cover had other ideas.

      The above shot is of the Sandias on Solstice during what the previous owner of Rancho Pendejo dubbed “The Golden Hour,” as the light started to change right around sunset.

  3. bromasi Says:

    Now about those jerseys?????

  4. Crankyoldmanonabike Says:

    Now that the fresh posole is slowly warming my insides after I m back from a short ride I wonder if there will be a long sleeved option to the OMWGFITW jerseys….

  5. veloben Says:

    18 this morning on the west coast of the Lake. No snow. but a good day ( well except for the 15knt head wind) to join the club ride to North Avenue beach and watch people pretend to be polar bears.

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      Brrrr! My old stomping grounds as a kid. My niece’s husband was roasting an entire hog for a lunch for the Polar Bears after their “dip” in Lake Michigan. He owns a restaurant and bar in Waukegan.

  6. khal spencer Says:

    Reporting back, the X-C skiiing was a thing of beauty today.

  7. Larry T. Says:

    Happy New Year to all from chilly Rome. The big cold is here too with (according to the TV) Sicily even covered with snow. We enjoyed festivities up in Viterbo where we lived for a winter back in 2010, dining and drinking with one of our many Italian mammas. Back in (warmer) Rome today we might get out on the MTB’s for a spin in the local park. Best wishes for a great two-wheeled 2015!

  8. hurben Says:

    How’s about this beauty to start the New Year

    • Larry T. Says:

      Wow! How high did the bike fly into the air? At least it was only a “Canyon” rather than something really nice. Makes the old “pump in the spokes” gag look pretty tame in comparison. A good reminder to watch what the heck you’re riding over when it comes to junk in the road?
      Many, many years ago a client on a bike tour we worked on forgot to fasten his front Q/R properly in his rush to get in the big group taking off…no problem (pre lawyer lips) until he tried to bunny-hop a drain cover! The descriptions of the somersault, while the guy’s front wheel zoomed out of the pack and across the road were pretty dramatic. Unlike the NZ guy, this fellow had his bell rung pretty seriously and spent the night in the hospital. Be careful out there!

    • khal spencer Says:

      Holy smokes! That is one lucky rider to walk away from that one.

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