The Sandia Blues

The Sandias from La Cueva Picnic Area.

The Sandias from La Cueva Picnic Area.

The May weather has weirded up on us here in Dog Country. The folks up Santa Fe way got a shit-pot full of hail the other day, and yesterday we enjoyed the sort of winds that ordinarily are restricted to Wyoming. Plus rain.

But nobody in his right mind who lives in a desert bitches about rain. This adage may or may not apply to me.

Going up. ...

Going up. …

I got a nice little ride in Monday on the Rivendell Joe Appaloosa, grunting my way up to La Cueva Picnic Area off Tramway.

Tuesday looked ugly, and I had a bunch of things to do, so I went for a short run early before the winds got busy.

But as it turns out I might have been better served by riding yesterday, ’cause today is one gray, chilly, breezy sumbitch.

Maybe I’ll deploy a cyclo-cross bike and chase myself around Piedra Lisa for a bit.

Or maybe I’ll just stay inside and try to make me some hay while the sun ain’t shining.

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20 Responses to “The Sandia Blues”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    Whew. When you titled it Sandia Blues, I wondered if SNL had going on a Riffing rampage. Just the weather, eh?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Yeah, just another example of the headline writer’s art of misdirection. It’s like kung fu. You’re looking over thataway and the sumbitch sneaks up on you from the other side.

  2. Sharon Says:

    Gorgeous photos…

  3. mooremediaone Says:

    Been eyeing the Joe A over on the Riv website. The fork’s crown is gorgeous. That handle bar look cool too, but is comfy?
    ~doug moore

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      The crown is something, for sure. The whole bike is beautiful. Rivendell really pays attention to presentation.

      And yeah, the bar is comfy, especially off road. It takes a bit of getting used to, and I dropped it down quite a piece, but then I’m used to riding a Jones H-bar. They’re more alike than they are different.

  4. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Nice pictures, again! The weather here has also been strange. Normally we would have 80 to 90 degrees, light or no wind, and no rain right up to the summer monsoon season starting in early July. I have counted up to 93 rain free days in years past. Not this year. Damn winds started in March and haven’t quit. The jet stream continues to bring one storm after another into our little patch of paradise.

  5. Ryan Says:

    I’m a bit envious you got to ride a Joe A. can we expect a review?

  6. Medium Rick Says:

    Rivendell Appaloosa? A video or a post post detailing all your bikes could be interesting.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Oh, man, Rick, that would take years and cost thousands of lives. I think there are 14 bikes in the garage at the moment. Plus four loaners for review in Adventure Cyclist. I’ve actually run out of hooks to hang them on and a couple are inside the house, which annoys Herself no end.

      • khal spencer Says:

        Shit, and I’m only up to seven and Herself, Bombtown Version, is getting annoyed, i.e., “how can a person with only one ass ride seven bicycles?”

        They just don’t understand…

  7. Hurben Says:

    Shit news about Guy Clark.

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