Miles to go

Holy bike-ped bridge, Batman! This one crosses I-25 near Paseo del Norte.

Holy bike-ped bridge, Batman! This one crosses I-25 near Paseo del Norte.

The last month has been mildly productive, cycling-wise. I’m actually logging something like mileage.

(Cue the sound of frantic knocking on wood.)

The North Diversion Channel Trail as seen from the saddle of a Rivendell Sam Hillborne.

The North Diversion Channel Trail as seen from the saddle of a Rivendell Sam Hillborne.

Despite the liberal application of SPF-30 sunscreen I’ve developed one of the ugliest farmer tans in Christendom. And I’m thinking about adding another bike to the fleet just because I can.

More riding means less news-reading, although some bits are unescapable, as is the notion of having my next bike built by General Dynamics Land Systems. I’ll need a few more miles under the bibs to pedal an Abrams touring bike, though.

I’m not going anywhere — just spinning my wheels, as per usual, doing laps around Albuquerque. But if the weather holds it would be nice to do a bike overnight to Santa Fe, along the Turquoise Trail.

All I need to do is wire a rear-facing GoPro to a dynamo hub and then wi-fi the video to a bar-mounted iPhone. They say you’ll never see the one that gets you, but it sure would be nice to have some exciting footage for the funeral.


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31 Responses to “Miles to go”

  1. JD Dallager Says:

    Great bridge photo POG! You have some real artistic talents there. And the desert skies are lookin’ fab.

    Initially I thought I was on a vertigo-riddled macadam to eternity/infinity (a la Star Wars). Reminded me of the Eagles’ “Take It to The Limit”.

    Nice work!!!! Keep pedalin’!!

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I ordinarily shoot ’em straight, but that one just begged to be all cattywampus for some reason. Many a bridge looked just like that in the Seventies for reasons I can’t quite recollect.

  2. khal spencer Says:

    If you decide on the ride to Fanta Se, let me know. Maybe I will ride down from BombTown on the Long Haul Trucker or Salsa La Cruz and meet you at Chez Financial Black Hole in Casa Solana.

    I saw that article too. That was quite the weekend in Albuquerque, eh? Maybe a few more like that to thin the herd of idiot drivers and it might actually be safe to ride down there. I keep telling Miranda Viscoli that its not just guns we have to worry about. I think that organization is too single minded–its the sociology that sucks in the Land of Entrapment, not just the ready availability of weapons of mass destruction, whether AK-47s or the family urban assault vehicle.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Will do, K. And yeah, that was quite the weekend even for Albuquerque, where “aggressively bad” is the preferred happy-motoring style.

      Even saw a couple dipshits riding homemade motor scooters on the bike path today. There is no escape.

  3. Pat O'Brien Says:

    The bridge looks narrow for 2 bike lanes and 1 pedestrian lane.

    That General Dynamics touring rig is going to need a serious granny gear. Maybe a 11×52? Like 0.4 gear inches?

    Did you get the email I sent on mirrors? Anywho, on the Saga I went back to the Blackburn mirror that straps on the brake hood.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Got the email, Pat; you did indeed send it to Gmail, which I should check more often. Either that or reinstitute the auto-forward.

      That bridge does seem narrow, but it also doesn’t seem to get much use. Not when I ride it, anyway. I’ve always been the only dude there.

      I recollect those strap-on Blackburns. I may have to lay hands on one.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Sorry about that. I corrected the contact card to the address, but that previous recipient list in the Apple Email app has a mind of its own. I will fix it right now.
        The Ortleib mirror now resides in the parts box to be resurrected at a future date.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        I should liberate the mirrors from the Vespa and bolt ’em on. Next: Streamers for the bars.

  4. Larry T Says:

    I was out yesterday on a straight, flat, two-lane road north of the city when suddenly I hear a siren behind me. A quick glance over my left shoulder and I see a Iowa State Patrol car coming…fast. Dunno whether fresh donuts had just come out of the fat somewhere or what…but someone oughta tell these guys it’s better to just blast by on a road like this than hit the siren and scare the hell out of bike riders – creating a greater, rather than lesser chance of them swerving into your high-speed, donut-seeking path.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Biggest surprise I ever got was between Fanta Se and Pojoaque. I was riding the shoulder into a stiff headwind as per usual and couldn’t hear a damn thing from behind. Until the outlaw motorcyclist thundered past, barking at me like God’s own dog.

      I wasn’t scared or nothin’, but somebody shit on my saddle.

  5. BruceM Says:

    Patrick, you have the same problem I have with a camera. For the life of me I can’t seem to hold it level! 🙂

  6. Libby Says:

    Nice photo of the bridge. Cue the title music for “Vertigo”.

  7. Libby Says:

    Giuliani claims no major Islamic attacks in the 8 years before Obama (took office). Giuliani, like Trumpence, is going to be very upset when he’s quoted in the press! The Toronto Star:

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      The truth is not in these people. If Rudy told me the sun set in the west I’d double-check it. Hell, triple-check it.

      • Larry T Says:

        These folks imply that 9/11 and the invasion of Iraq were both Obama’s fault. And anything else bad from the 8 years we suffered with W is Bill Clinton’s fault.
        The teflon-treatment they gave Ronnie Ray-gun is now applied to any and all Rethuglican presidents it seems.

  8. DownhillBill Says:

    “Neighbors zip tied the driver to the fence….”
    Somebody call Arlo. This could be the start of a movement.

  9. khal spencer Says:

    Shit oh dear. Just went off the edge of a sidewalk and broke my foot.

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      Say what? I hope it’s a small break and heals fast.

    • JD Dallager Says:

      K: I won’t even ask what may have caused that. 🙂

      Hoping for a speedy/full recovery and atleast 4 decades more of your wit and cycling adventures.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Damn, son, whatchoo gone and done to y’self now? Good thing it wasn’t a hip or Meena would have to put you down.

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      Can’t you just duck tape it up for a few weeks?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Walk it off, man! We need you in the Big Game!

    • md anderson Says:

      Its the stupid stuff that gets us. I had a silly slip n fall while hiking back in July and broke my wrist. Been on injured reserve and off the bike ever since. Cast finally comes off a week from tomorrow. Good thing as I don’t think my hubby will put up with my crankiness much longer.

      Lesson to learn? Stick with the bike!

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Jeez, everyone’s on the disabled list. Some of my worstest crashes have come off the bike, generally while running. But I’ve had some doozies on the bike, too.

      Maybe I should’ve stuck with swimming. The only thing I ever bruised in the pool was my ego.

      Heal up fast, all y’all. The best cycling months are upon us.

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      Indeed, Patrick! Rode to Bisbee this morning trying out the first half of the metric century charity ride in September. Rode from Sierra Vista to the Bisbee Breakfast Club for potato pancakes. Good enough I would do it again tomorrow. Damn hot though. Hoping the monsoon returns tomorrow.

      So, Khal, what is the prognosis?

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