Update: Ruta del Rancho Pendejo

The May 1 deadline has come and gone to declare for the inaugural Ruta del Rancho Pendejo, slated June 2-3. Bienvenidos to those who will be there, and hasta luego to those who will be square.

This is a veritable freeway of a descent, until it isn’t. The trails tend to be a tad on the narrow, twisty and sandy side.

Looks like the Marriott Courtyard Albuquerque will be the base of operations for out-of-towners. It’s close to the Paseo del Norte bike trail, which leads straight down to the Paseo del Bosque, and looks pretty much on-and-off, freeway-wise, despite a construction project to the south. High Desert Bicycles is the closest bike shop, and Weck’s is the best bet for a serious pre-ride breakfast.

The weather to date has been warm and dry, so much so that much of the state is suffering drought conditions, but you never know when those “monsoons” might show up, so consider packing a light rain shell … which, of course, will ensure that it doesn’t rain that weekend. Sunscreen will probably prove more useful.

Prone to seasonal allergies? Consider fetching along your performance-enhancing substance of choice, which will spare you a trip to the apothecary.

And don’t sweat the buzzworms. They’re tired of green chile and are biting the burger-gobblers back in Bibleburg.

The roads, trails and paths are all in tiptop shape, but you needn’t be, as Coach says the pace on all rides will be relaxed and of a conversational nature. I’m assuming we’re all hip deep in Manly Points from previous triumphs and thus can rest comfortably on our laurels.

Questions? Holler in comments. I have all the answers, even if I have to make ’em up.


15 Responses to “Update: Ruta del Rancho Pendejo”

  1. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Reservation made at the Courtyard, Journal center. I called after I made the reservation and asked for a ground level room. I also asked if I could bring a clean bike in the room. They said no problem and they also have an area in their offices, with security cameras, where you can store a bike.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Pat, make sure you don’t leave any valuables in the truck. We have some busy burglars around here.

      Of course, if they don’t see anything worth taking from the truck, they have been known to take the truck.

    • JD Dallager Says:

      Pat: I’ll assume a “clean bike” means no drugs/aphrodisiacs/PEDs/etc.??


    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I never bother to ask about the bike, reasoning that any joint that will rent me a room can’t be too fussy.

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      Well, Patrick, no more pick up truck. I now have a generic, basic, red Toyota Rav4. Traded the Tacoma for it even up. Not worth stealing. And, I have no valuables other than my Timbuk2 messenger bag. That always goes in the room with me.

      JD, the bike is clean. So clean a drug dog will be uninterested. It will also be lubed, adjusted, clean, waxed and with true wheels. I do this to make Patrick crazy.

      I’m paranoid so I always ask about bringing the bike in the room. Don’t want any strange looks when I unicycle it on the rear wheel into the elevator. That is also why I requested a ground floor room. That, plus the place has a nice courtyard.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      No Tacoma? Shoot. We’ll have to get Khal to drive his down so we have at least one manly vehicle in the caravan.

      My sis bought one of the RAV4s last year. The hybrid version. Says it took longer to learn the ins and outs of all the electronica than it did to buy the damn thing.

      I keep thinking about a new (more like new-used) vehicle, but nobody is making anything I want. If only Toyota made an updated version of the old Chinook pop-top camper. …

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        I was going to bring the Corolla iM. But, I haven’t put a receiver hitch on it yet for the bike rack. Maybe next time. The iM gets better mileage and is fun to drive. You might want to check one out. Street price for a new one is around $17K. You only have to make these three choices: color, manual or automatic transmission, and floor mats. No other options.

  2. khal spencer Says:

    Given how close I am to the Duke City, I’m not sure I will drive or rent a room at the Marriott but will decide one of these hours. Kinda depends on whether we are planning after-ride Bacchanalia fests.

    Meanwhile, Patrick, do you think a mountainbike is needed? I am putting 700-40 Xplors on the Orange Monster (not on the Orange Turd) today and will try it out on the local trails near Casa Solana. My Richey 32’s are fast but my shoulder still aches from slamming downhill on the Lamy approach once I ran out of mild trail. I was thinking of bringing the Cross bike with road and cross wheelsets but if you think a double boinger is better, can toss that in the car too.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      K, I’d say ride whatever makes you most comfortable.

      I ride cyclocross bikes (48/36T, 11-28T, 700×33) on these trails, but I’ve had a lot of practice (started racing ‘cross in 1990, kept it up through 2004, and have pretty much ridden a ’cross bike everywhere since).

      On a straight ’cross bike with comparatively narrow tires at 35-40 psi I tend to avoid some of the steeper, rockier, sandier trails. It sucks to pinch-flat in some sharp rocks or wash out that front wheel in a sand pit. On a monster-’crosser like the Voodoo Nakisi (42/32/22T, 11-26T, 700×43) I’ll ride just about all of them, though I will try to make the gnarlier bits climbs rather than descents.

      Generally speaking, lower gears and fatter tires do make life a little more enjoyable and a good deal less hazardous to your health.

      Hell, I won’t even laugh at you if you ride a suspension bike. Not much, anyway.

      • khal spencer Says:

        Don’t laugh too hard or I’ll come down in the 1997 Tacoma and make you cry….

        • JD Dallager Says:

          Khal: If I were going (PO’G: please note the use of the subjunctive there…..bonus points?), which unfortunately I’m not due to family commitments, I’d bring my 1990 4Runner and my MTB…..for braggin’ rights (that’s a challenge, PO’G’ers on the 4Runner vintage) and bodily safety (71 orbits around the relatively small star we call the sun here…..healing is a S-L-O-W P-R-O-C-E-S-S).

          Please enjoy my fair share of burritos, green chiles, posole, et al while staying safe enroute, on the road/trail, and RTB.

          Also hoping there’s some coherent blogging from the Inaugural Ruta and a bunch of the Mad Blog Bloggers who block out early next June (2019) for the 2d Ruta.

          And please give Herself a big hug/kiss/thanks for supporting this!!

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Almost forgot: We were planning dinner somewhere. Maybe El Bruno’s or Casa de Benavidez, down on 4th. Or maybe pizzas or whatever from Il Vicino in the back yard at El Rancho Pendejo. Whatever strikes the popular fancy. I am, as you know, a Man of the People.

  3. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    As they say here in Italia – BUON DIVERTIMENTO!
    On that weekend I might be enjoying this ride while thinking (just a bit) about you guys.

  4. Wonga Says:

    Have you tried local honey as an allergy remedy? Local, very local, honey, taken daily, is a remedy for allergies due to vegetation pollen that really does work. You just have to find a local beekeeper, and there will be many more out there than you think.

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