Trail of tiers

The Paseo del Bosque hasn’t leafed out yet, but it’s still a nice change, snotlocker-wise, from the juniper-heavy foothills.

Spring? Meh. Don’t talk to me about spring. We got summer down here, dude.

Yesterday I did a nice little two-and-a-half-hour ride that took in a number of the local bike trails — Paseo de las Montañas, Paseo del Bosque, Paseo del Norte, North Diversion Channel — and finished with the Tramway climb.

This is a really good ride for letting the mind wander alongside the body. The first hour is mostly downhill with a few tense moments — a couple dicey multilane-thoroughfare crossings, too much time on Indian School Road, and a narrow, stop-and-go, pain-in-the-ass stretch of Mountain skirting the north edge of downtown — but after that it’s smoove like butta, yo.

The bosque trail is flat as flat can be. The Paseo del Norte rises a bit to North Diversion. And Tramway is a pleasant steady-state, half-hour climb. There’s a little suffering at the bottom, near Interstate 25, and a little more at about the six-mile mark, but mostly it’s a matter of picking a gear you like and turning it over.

Mid-50s at the start, mid-60s at the finish, what’s not to like? When I got home I ate everything worth eating and then set about making some more — tacos, pico de gallo, spuds and turnips roasted in olive oil, salt and pepper. There were leftovers so I can eat it all over again today.

Then this morning I arise to learn that Il Douche and Uncle Joe are barking from a safe distance about throwing hands. Jesus H., etc. Can someone give these noisy old farts a couple of bikes, turn ’em loose in the desert sun for a couple of hours?

The only thing they’ll want to pound on afterward is a taco platter. But I ain’t cookin’ for ’em.

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10 Responses to “Trail of tiers”

  1. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Are there any adults left in DC? Guess not. Oh well, I would bet $100 on Biden for a TKO over the Dumpster in the 1st round. All Biden would have to go for hard body punches. Do a Rocky pounding beef halves routine on the boy president.

    That Bosque trail is so nice. How many miles would it take from your house to the Alameda trailhead parking lot, the full lollipop on the Bosque trail, and return to your humble abode?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      That ride would top 60 miles easy, Pat, depending upon how we went back to El Rancho Pendejo. I did a 55-mile ride in 2016 that picked up the bosque at Paseo del Norte, skipped the Rio Bravo lollipop and returned via Osuna/Bear Arroyo.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Oy! I was guessing around 45. A metric century would be a little much, OK a lot much, for my spring time condition, such as it is.

        Looking at the Bosque trail map, it looks like we could get 35 or 40 riding the whole thing from the Northern end to the South and the Rio Bravo loop.

  2. Mark Rothschild Says:

    RUMP..DOWN…in 1’st

  3. Dale Says:

    I can picture Biden on a bike, but Trump. Maybe with training wheels.

  4. Pat O'Brien Says:

    And another one bites the dust.

    John Bolton? You’ve got to be kidding me.

    https://www.npr.org/2018/03/22/593283104/trump-national-security-adviser-h-r-mcmaster-to-resign-be-replaced-by-john-bolto

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Yeah, the Mustache of Doom has been waiting in the wings. As Kevin Drum notes, not even Dubya was crazy enough to name this arsemunch national-security adviser. Time to start digging the bunker.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Arsemunch? I like it. This guy just adds another NRA and Russian connection to the shit storm. Plus with Dowd gone, the Dumpster might actually try to go in the same room with Mueller. Let’s hope he does. But, like you say, then we’re stuck with Pence. Come to think of it, that’s probably why Trump picked him. Better go out and buy a bible to thump. He probably wouldn’t like me thumping on a Tao te Ching.

        Did some single track today to try and get some more of my dirt mojo back. Seems the fear sets in a little earlier than it did a few years ago. I got 22 mph on the same stretch 5 years back. Only 17 this morning. The camera, a Go Pro, makes Arizona rocks look smaller.

  5. Hurben Says:

    People, you are scarring me

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