Cave man

The Sandias from La Cueva Campground.

The Sandias from La Cueva Campground.

The boys were climbing today in the Vuelta — oy, were they ever — so I felt obliged to do a little vertical my own bad self once we wrapped the coverage at Live Update Guy.

Looking southeast toward Tramway.

Looking southeast toward Tramway.

There’s a nice, steep grind not far from El Rancho Pendejo, the 2-mile climb to the La Luz trailhead, but after running for an hour on Tuesday I thought that might be asking a bit much of the old legs. So instead I hung a right and did the 1-mile climb to the La Cueva campground.

The surface is what we Phlegmish types call “heavy,” the chips in the chipseal being slightly boulderish, so I was glad to be riding the Soma Double Cross with its Little Big Bens. Quite a view from up there, but the helicopters were something of a nuisance, harshing my mellow and distracting me from the view.

Turns out it wasn’t just flyboys logging flight time. Some poor dude turned up dead in the Sandias, and I’m guessing they were part of the search. Me, I got to come down the easy way.


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6 Responses to “Cave man”

  1. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Very nice pix. Nice to get above all the noise, heh?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      O, ’tis indeed. The La Cueva campground seems to get very little use during business hours. Probably the $3-per-day day-use fee. I saw one guy tapping away at his laptop at the upper lot. Probably tethered to his cellphone for Teh Innertubez. The cell signal is a helluva lot better up there than at El Rancho Pendejo.

  2. khal spencer Says:

    600 grams per tire is hefty. Then again, I am a wimp.

  3. JD Dallager Says:

    P’OG: I think your move to Duke City has been a wise choice: more mellow weather; access to riding roads/trails and to beautiful vistas apparently right out El Rancho Pendejo’s front or back door; still within a relatively easy commute to your Bibleburg real estate holdings; Herself and The Menagerie seem very content, etc.


  4. Pat O'Brien Says:

    I assume you are at the Apple store putting in your order for an iPad Pro with the keyboard and Apple Pencil accessories. After all, you need it for work. Herself will understand.

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