Saturday was a near perfect day! I got in a 3 hour mountain bike ride with some friends:
Heeey! Wait for me! 🙂 I went out riding with Nick Martinez. We started racing and riding the same year. NM 2003! Then, we ran into my friend, John Stevens, who I actually bump into on the trail every time I come to ABQ!
After the ride, I ate some food, changed into my hiking gear and headed out with my Dad. He hikes on the weekends, but as I mentioned in a previous post, his hikes are not your normal hike. He doesn’t believe in switchbacks, or nicely groomed trails. He likes his hikes intense… so, as expected, we hiked up the side of the mountain on an animal trail. I love that! It was really fun and steep. ~1700′ of vertical gain in 45 minutes! Here are some photos. He will have an Ergon pack next time!
Pumpkin Cranberry bread at the top!
…and the efforts of the day were rewarded with one of my favorite local ABQ breweries, Chama!
For once, Sunday is a day of rest. I’ll be back in ABQ for Xmas, so the fun in the Sandia Mountains will continue. I wonder if it will be like last December – mountain biking in the snow!
That pumpkin cranberry bread really looks awesome.
Good stuff. I was just there for thanksgiving myself. Escaped from family and rode those trails everyday–I never get sick of them. I love the foothills trails; the cactus, the pinons, the texture of the soils, the flow. It’s always a blast to revisit Albuquerque.
You thought your visit to ABQ would go undetected? Hah! Think again. Busted! CC
Geez you’re making me miss Original Garcia’s even more now!!
Ooohhhh, I love all that stuff in your photos! 🙂
Stevens is one hellofa rider. Thats good company to keep up with.