Santa Protection Factor

Oh, the weather outside is … frightful?

I hope jolly ol’ St. Nick remembers to slather on the SPF 50 when he brings all my toys to the Duke City. Unless he wants his snoot to get redder than Rudolph’s.

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12 Responses to “Santa Protection Factor”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    Had the same idea myself it seems. Also, this is the East end of the Spur Trail, which is part of the offroad Santa Fe Century that some of us are mumbling about for next May.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Great minds, hey? I was at Piedra Lisa, near the Menaul trailhead, just off Trail 365. Actually saw a few hikers wearing shorts; me, I was wearing tights and long sleeves.

      How long a ride is the Spur?

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Hey Khal, that looks interesting. It also looks, that section anyway, like it was paved at one time. Is the whole spur pretty a good surface? If so, I could cover the half century and the and the dirt ride with one bike, the Double Cross.

        It was 70 down here again, Patrick, with 68 predicted for tomorrow. Shit goes downhill on Xmas night. I have a ride planned Wednesday, but the weather will decide that.
        P.D. Ronstadt and Company were very good. We only had to set up one channel, a line out from their PA system, to provide audio for the video. The preserve creates a video of each show. I have no idea what they do with it. The video is controlled by a computer, has three cameras, and you can manually switch them or put it on auto pilot. But the kicker was Peter Ronstadt’s guitar. A parlor guitar. A Martin. From 1937 Martin Parlor guitar to be precise. And, no I did not ask if I could play it. But, it would have gotten you needing a bib to soak up the drool.

        • Patrick O'Grady Says:

          Ooo la la la la. I really like that parlor size. Ain’t no thang to snatch my Roadhouse up and butcher some nice piece of music. I bet I play the Roadhouse 10 times to the Seagull’s one.

          I would be ashamed to be in the same room with a ’37 Martin, though. A scimitar like that should be lobbed at you by some moistened bint.

      • khal spencer Says:

        I think the Spur alone is three miles. The offroad route takes you down through Eldorado. I don’t know the length precisely because I start at the house on the North side. So that adds about three or four so roughly equivalent to the official start/finish. From the Casa Solana mini-mansion to where the trail peters out to rough singletrack just north of US 285 in Lamy is about 17 miles one way. So roughly the same from the hotels on the SW side of the city. The entire trail, until you get to the descent on the S. side of Eldorado, pretty much looks like that picture with a few washouts and sand pits and some gravel patches on the Spur but nothing major. I’ve ridden it on 700-32’s Richey Speedmax Cross (or whatever they are called) on the LaCruz too. Here are some more pictures.

        • khal spencer Says:

          On those MSO’s, I was running 30 psi front and 35 psi rear. Just about perfect. Running 45/55 on the 700-32 Richeys was too high, but I had not figured that out yet. On those I’ve been running 40/45 or so depending on how careful I want to be to avoid bumbling pinchflats.

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  3. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    A sunny 68 degrees F here next to the sea in Sicily today. The Prof baked up some ‘Murican style cookies (oatmeal/raisin, peanut butter and chocolate chip) for our friends last night so today we’ll hand ’em out. A bike ride should fit in there somewhere too before some tortellini in brodo followed by a slice of panettone and splash of Asti while we wait for Babbo Natale to show up.
    Tomorrow we’ll let someone else to the cooking and cleaning for our Pranzo di Natale. Since 1989 this might only be the 4th or 5th time it’s just been the two of us for the holidays 🙂
    Buon Natale tutti!!!!

  4. Ira Says:

    No ride planned in this part of the world. Temperature in the minus double digits with the associated ice and snow. I can’t bring myself to buy into the fat bike thing, something about pedalling slower than a walking pace that makes no sense to me. Thanks to everyone who contributes to this blog, it’s often a source of intelligent reflection. A special thanks to you, Patrick, for hosting and initiating the conversation. Merry Xmas to all!

  5. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Ira, brrrrr.

    I was going to ride today, but I sprained a bicep muscle, such as the are, wrangling some old and heavy PA speakers up and down stairs during my volunteer gig yesterday. So, I will go tomorrow. Then our weather gets nasty, you don’t want to know the AZ definition of cold or nasty, tomorrow night.
    Merry and happy to all Mad Dog readers and riders. Some of us are planning to ride the Sante Fe Century ride in May. Let’s make it a gathering! But, remember, when it comes to Mad Dogs, there can be only one.

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