Checking the oldometer

The bosque is greening up, no thanks to the weather. New Mexico is nearly 100 percent drought-afflicted, with the Duke City environs classified as in “severe drought conditions.”

Boom! Another birthday ride in the books, just as the month skids to a stop.

Going up: The Saga tackles Tramway.

A few days late, it’s true, but remember, we’re running on O’Grady Standard Time here.

Anyway, today’s entry in the old logbook officially lists 40.2 miles, which is 64.7 kilometers. Naturally, I shall carry the 0.7km forward to next year’s ride, assuming I’m still above ground and not studying The Little Orange Book in re-education camp.

The weather being slightly insane — 63 degrees at the start, 73 at the finish — I rode down to pick up the bosque trail just west of downtown, took that to the Alameda parking lot, and then noodled over via 4th and Roy to the Tramway climb, which always seems to take about a half hour, no matter what bike I’m riding.

In this instance it was the Soma Saga Disc. Which reminds me: I get extra credit for logging my birthday mileage on a 33-pound bike, right? Right?

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15 Responses to “Checking the oldometer”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    Happy Birthday ride. I did a bit of a scoot today too but not 64 km.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Yeah, I remember the Lamy trail from my Fanta Se days. I seem to remember tackling it on what I was using for a “cyclocross” bike back then — a Specialized Sirrus road bike that a frame-building acquaintance had doctored to accept canti posts and fatter tires.

      I’ll try just about anything on an an actual ‘cross bike. No brain, no pain.

      Have you ridden the La Tierra trails yet? Or the Dale Balls? Some good stuff there.

  2. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Right! Multiply touring or fat tire bike ride distance by 1.5 to get actual cycling distance. So, you actually rode 97.05 kilometers.

    I rode 0 kilometers today. Back sprain is better, but not cycling better. Maybe it will allow me a ride Tuesday or Wednesday.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Damn, I’m the man! 97km? Booyah.

      I think I added 64 kilograms’ worth of lunch afterward, too.

      Jeez, you really tweaked your back, hey? Do you patronize a chiropractor or massage therapist? Sometimes a laying on of hands helps.

      • pat O'Brien Says:

        My tandem riding buddies, and neighbors, includes a retired physical therapist and yoga instructor. She came down yesterday and aligned my wheels since my pelvis was listing to the left.
        It was a muscle or ligament strain/sprain on the right side, so not much else to do, besides rest and icing it every three hours, but let it heal.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Aha. We should all have such neighbors. We have a UNM researcher next door. Maybe he can figure out who peed in my gene pool.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Good morning. I am getting a strong sense of deja vu on these comments. I think we had the same discussion 2 years ago. Reminds me of one of my favorite Groucho Marx quotes. “If you’ve heard this story before, don’t stop me, because I’d like to hear it again.”

  3. Mark Rothschild Says:

    You aren’t Old…just, Ripe

  4. Libby Says:

    Yes, extra credit!

  5. JD Dallager Says:

    Did a mile Century in 4 hours yesterday myself.

    Ha…..Happy April Fools! 🙂

  6. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    It was nice to get back on the bike this Easter Monday (civilized, those Italians, they take the Monday after Easter off) though I guess we did only 50 flattish kms all told. I need to get into some sort of shape and sooner rather than later since I’m headed north to see L-B-L in less than 3 weeks time.. Not that I’ll be doing any racing, but the tour organizer will no doubt drag us up Le Redoute and a few others before we get to settle in to watch the real guys race on the Sunday.

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