Boiling in the bosque

We’re getting a few of New Mexico’s signature puffy clouds late in the day, but mostly it’s blue skies and red hot.

We’re enjoying a stretch of summery weather in the Duke City, and I am ever so glad I chose a career in rumormongery rather than landscaping.

The neighbors have a crew in, reshaping the back yard to make it a pleasant playpen for their anklebiters, and from a safe distance this looks an awful lot like work, especially when the temps inch into the 90s.

See those hills off in the distance? Yeah, I pretty much had to ride back there.

I got a late start on my ride Wednesday and by the time I had climbed back from the bosque to El Rancho Pendejo I was feeling not unlike a rotissery chicken but didn’t smell nearly as appetizing.

Still, it was worth it. The ride was nearly all downhill along the Paseo de las Montañas bike path and Indian School to downtown/Old Town, where I headed west on Mountain (a “Bicycle Boulevard”) to the Paseo del Bosque.

The winds were cooperative — mostly blocked by the bosque’s cottonwoods while riding north and providing a distinct assist on the Paseo del Norte trail and Osuna/Manitoba. Only on the short southbound stretch of the North Diversion Channel Trail did I face a headwind. Life is suffering, as the Buddha has taught us.

That Space Horse may be a tad small at 55cm, but it’s comfy for a couple-three hours. Especially if you get an earlier start and don’t sweat all over the poor little pony.

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7 Responses to “Boiling in the bosque”

  1. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Somebody has to do it.

  2. JD Dallager Says:

    PO’G: You’ll be pleased to know that in your old haunts (Bibleburg) the temp should reach the 90’s this weekend and hit 100 in Pueblo just 50 miles south.

    Glad to hear you, PO’B, Khal et al and others are out on the bikes and pedaling well. I did a 1 1/2 hour MTB ride yesterday…..then trailered and shoveled 4 cubic yards of topsoil today (good strength and stretching exercise!). A bit more topsoil work tomorrow plus an MTB ride hopefully.

    70 is a “piece o’ cake”……you’ll love it! 🙂

    Ride on, bros/sisters, ride on! 🙂

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Speaking of Mel Brooks and aging well, has anyone seen “If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast” on HBO? We watched it last night after I saw a New York Times review and it definitely kicks the aluminum walker out from under a few stereotypes.

      “I think the culture stereotypes everything,” says Norman Lear, who should know. “Because I’m 93 I’m supposed to behave a certain way. The fact that I can touch my toes shouldn’t be so amazing to people.”

      Brooks is in here, as are Carl Reiner, Dick Van Dyke, Betty White and plenty of other folks my fellow geezers and geezerettes will recognize. Worth a peek.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        I will definitely check that out. Speaking of acting your age, I got to ride a few miles with Gawyn this morning. Down the road we went, me on my Niner and him on his trusty Bike Friday, chatting away at 15mph. Not bad for a 92 year old Scottish fellow, huh? By the way, he is a member of the ACA. More members, right Patrick?

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        I bet you boyos were riding bright and early, hey? Good on ye. I hope I’m still logging miles at 92. Actually, given the history of the O’Grady males, I hope I’m still logging miles at 64.

        More members of any age is what the ACA needs. Nine to ninety (and beyond)!

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Yep. We met up around 0730 and rode together for about 3 miles. We were both finishing our rides. Too warm and windy to start later, and tomorrow will be worse. Another red flag day with gust to 40mph early. Might not be any riding at all tomorrow. Plus Sandy caught the flu from some lady flying sick from Lexington to Minneapolis who decided passing the virus around was a good idea. You know what Larry’s professor wife says……

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