Chile, hold the snow

You can still find some snow around here, but nobody is duking it out at the grocery over the last can of Spaghetti-Os.

You can still find some snow around here, but nobody is duking it out at the grocery over the last can of Spaghetti-Os.

I bitch a fair amount (OK, so I bitch a lot, maybe even a whole shitload), but I’m having a hard time complaining about my lot in life today.

For starters, I am not in Maryland, where Herself is going toe to toe with Snowmageddon, various blood relatives and in-laws, and a vile case of gastroenteritis that has already felled 50 percent of her party.

The Four Corners Elite isn't your grandpappy's steel touring bike, nosirree. Now get off my lawn.

The Four Corners Elite isn’t your grandpappy’s steel touring bike, nosirree. Now get off my lawn.

No, I am right here in the Duke City, where today it was a balmy fiddy-sumpin’ and strictly blue skies as I rode the Marin Four Corners Elite around and about for a blissful 90 minutes, inspecting a bit of bike path with which I was unfamiliar.

The sonofabitch takes more inexplicable twists and turns than a Caribou Barbie speech, but the Domingo Baca eventually gets you there, “there” being the North Diversion Channel Trail, a major north-south backbone of the local trail network.

Once safely on the main stem I took my usual route back to El Rancho Pendejo, heading over I-25 and along Osuna to the John Roberts Dam, where Walter White caught his getaway ride in the extractor’s red Toyota Previa, and then riding the dirt trails behind the dam to the Tramway bike path and home.

I arrived back at the ranch just in time to receive a generous compliment on one of my videos for Adventure Cyclist — just call me Quentin Ferrentino — and now I’m cooking up a green chile stew by way of refreshment and celebration.

Tomorrow looks even better. And I won’t even have to cook the stew when I get home.


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21 Responses to “Chile, hold the snow”

  1. JD Dallager Says:

    Great video….great bike! Who’s the guy on it with the massive, muscular, highly-veined calves?

    Enjoy the terrific weather and the January outdoor cycling!


    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Aw, some old fart who hangs around the joint, grousing about this and that while avoiding honest labor.

      It was pretty excellent out there today. Tomorrow will be nuts. The trails will be strictly off-limits due to heavy weekend traffic and the roads will be equally busy. There’s some feetsball gaming on Sunday, no? That should thin the velo-herd a tad.

      Thanks for enjoying the video. I’m a total amateur and these things take me waaaaay out of my comfort zone. But once I get into ’em they’re a lot of fun. I just have to reconcile myself to the reality of the situation, which is that I have absolutely no idea what the hell I’m doing.

  2. TJ Mora Says:

    Liv’in the dream!

  3. Charles Auer Says:

    Cool video! Great narrator!



  4. khal spencer Says:

    The video looks anything but amateurish, brah.

    I will commiserate with Herself on enduring a bad Nor’easter. Did the Blizzard of 1978 during my first year of graduate school on Long Island. It was quite the experience. Maybe that’s one reason my first wife left me.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      You should see me flailing around trying to make one of these fuggin’ things. Actually, that might make a pretty good video: “Road Test: Tales From the Cutting Room Floor.”

  5. psobrien Says:

    Oh vey. And I thought I had it bad here in Lex KY stuck in the snow. I hope herself can manage to get the hell out of there. If I can’t get out tomorrow, I will get a nice hotel here, with a nice bar, and wait for Sandy to join me on Tuesday. We would then leave on Wed. First thing I buy on mr return is an iPad mini. This Touch is too damn small.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Herself reports 20-plus inches in Frederick, MD. What’s the tally down in Kaintucky? I haven’t been there since 1972.

      And yeah, the iPad mini is the thing. I use mine daily. Bought one of those Zagg keyboard cases for it but hardly ever use it ’cause the mini’s size makes the on-screen keyboard so much easier to use (for me, anyway) than the one on the full-size iPad.

  6. Jon Paulos Says:

    As of 10:00 this morning York PA was up to about 17″, with a lot to come. We did round one shoveling for the morning’s aerobic exercise, and maybe I’m a little odd, but it made me nostalgic for Wisconsin. After round two this afternoon I’m planning to try out the mountain bike. Why should the kids have all the fun?

  7. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    Pretty nice, PO’G! I’m now in Sicily and settled into our digs on the sea. A supermarket/commercial center visit this AM got the extras we needed for the place, then after lunch we blasted off to check out this –

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I bet it’s not snowing there.

      Can you imagine going to that much trouble to take care of your dead? We don’t take care of the living half as well.

      • larryatcycleitalia Says:

        No snow HERE, but I’m damn lucky my ferry to Sicily departed as scheduled the other day – otherwise I could have been in the massive traffic fiasco on the autostrada south of Naples when it DID snow!
        We’re dealing with rainstorms here, they’re brief but leave the roads sloppy and wet as they don’t drain well. Something not a surprise when you consider how rare the rain actually is over the course of a year.
        The ancient necropoli are interesting, I’d like to see Sarah Palin sealed up into one – dead or alive, it wouldn’t matter to me!

  8. Hurben Says:

    Been an awesome day down under as well. Unfortunately my bottom bracket is singing it’s death throes. Had a wonderful 50Km ride until at 49.5km a young punk pulled out in front of me & then told me that cars have right of way, period, before hooning off.

  9. psobrien Says:

    Hey there, this is Sandy, POB’s better half. Pat is in the sky over NM as I write. I’m still in Ky enjoying the balmy 10 degree temp. Our snow totaled 14 inches, drifts around the house and driveway over 4 feet. My BIL scraped the snow out yesterday so we could at least get the farm pick-up truck out if needed. Glad the Mad Dog can get some pedal time. Hopefully, Pat can get in some bike riding soon to relieve his travel stress. He deserves it!

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Hey, Sandy … our condolences to you and yours. It’s never simple when kinfolk go west, and evil weather surely doesn’t help.

      You’ll likely need a little saddle time, too, hey? Here’s to better days.

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