|Breakfast, Canyon de Chelly|
The Mighty Trek is in the shop, so I'm out on the Titanium LeMond - an awesome bike! I'm not sure but I believe the LeMond may have a compact cassette? No matter - I've been looking at my times riding down to the first pull-out (Mummy Cave) and I noticed that my average speed is up from 13 - point something to 14.9 - my fastest time! I am happy - some improvement.
Pretty much it may be that I'm not taking pictures - mainly pictures for the blog - that can slow me down. What can I take pictures of for you? Basically I'm coming down the mountains, the Chuskas, part of the Defiance Plateau - and what has eroded over the thousands and thousands (millions?) of years from the snow melt is Canyon de Chelly. You would not know it was there at all. I ride about a mile from the edges, which drop down dramatically 800 to 900 feet.
There's ways in and out that my Navajo friends and co-workers know, but you would need four-wheel drive or horse - or you could walk.
I've wanted to see about a loop I could do - but really it's a down and back for me Gentle Readers. Good for training. I bet mostly I'm more conditioned to the altitude which is why I can seem to ride a bit faster. Anyway, should something catch my eye that I want to photograph, I will stop and pull out the camera.
I see ponies often. This ride, I saw wild ponies when suddenly they heard me, and then bolted! I heard a stick snap as they took flight. They did stop and give me intense, curious looks! By now you would think they know what I am - a human moving on the road where cars should be - swiftly and silently - why? What is it doing?
|Local Bike Shop, Farmington, New Mexico|
Repairs will be done soon and I'll be back in Farmington to pick up the bike.
My plan is to put in the miles, get fit, and then do a ride over Buffalo Pass. Today one of my colleagues said she saw a bunch of riders going over the pass - so I am inspired. They were in a group, which is safer. I'll be on my own so I'm more afraid of getting hit by a car than anything else.
I just wish the roads were better and I had a few more options for rides. It may be that I'll have to drive someplace with the car, and do a ride that way.
Okay - thanks for stopping by the blog!