1 February 2011 - 10:15Arrival in the Land of Zia
I awoke to a rather spectacular desert sunrise.
It felt good to be stationary for a little while. And it also felt pretty good to not have any sort of an agenda except to enjoy our new surroundings. The first order or business was to assemble the bikes and gather the stuff for a morning ride. I didn’t want to go tearing right in to the singletrack as my bum knee had decided it was mad at me for keeping it cooped up in the Executor for 2 days.
I remember building this bike about 4 years ago.
We took a cruise down the Bosque trail, a paved bike path that follows the Rio Grande. It was a nice flat spin, and just what I needed to get the leg moving again. We got in about 20 miles of high RPM spinning, and my knee loosened right up and felt as good as it has in a long long time.
There are all sorts of neat sculptures along the way.
When we got back, it was lunch time. We went to Sadie’s. I had deer in the headlights syndrome when I looked at the menu. So many delicious things to eat. I wanted all of it. I eventually settled on enchiladas, one beef one chicken. It was smothered in chili sauce, which I opted to get Christmas style.
You know… Chistmas?
Basically there are two types of chili sauce, red or green. Christmas means both. And I had a boozy lunch drink too. We finished up with sopapillas and honey. Outstanding.
The weather was beginning to deteriorate as the day went on. We were going to try and get a ride in the Foothills later in the afternoon, but the sky grew darker and darker. You could see the dark curtain of rainfall across the valley, and the smell of impending thunderstorm was thick in the air. None of the pictures I took came out very good, so sorry about that.
We did check out the Sandia Ariel Tramway, which is pretty impressive. By the time we got back to Di & Slick’s house, it was snowing. No more riding today, but we did get a large selection of local beers to try out. More on those tomorrow.