Cycling Advocates Ride to Pro Walk Pro Bike 2006

Daily Trip Log

from Vancouver B.C. to Madison, Wisconsin

Picture of Vancouver, BCGrouse Mountain Vancouver B.C.
Santa Fe, NM
Date: 2006-09-20
Distance: 49 Kilometres
Cycling Time: 2.70 Hours
Average Speed: 18.09 kph
  Trip Distance since Leaving Vancouver - 4,582 Kilometres  

Thoughts for the Day



Acclimatizing at 2,150 metres elevation

  Another day in the process. The extend of the cycle today was limited by strong wind warnings for this afternoon with potential thunderstorms. (As I write this, the thunder resonates towards the mountains.) The ride was planned as a combination of flat terrain and hill climbing. The hope was to test out my capabilities to set towards the mountains tomorrow. Normally, I do not adjust that well to elevation changes. It usually takes a few days for the adjustment to take. When I moved to Calgary it took four months for some reason for the body to fully adjust, for the pains to disappear, for the legs to regain their strength. Now, Calgary was only at the 1,000 metres elevation level.

The flat part was easy. The hill climbing started hard, got easier, and then was hard again. It will take a bit longer before I will feel comfortable tackling a trip up a Pass. That does not seem to be an issue right now, as the weather forecast for tomorrow includes winds in the 40 to 65 kph range. At these wind speeds, it is not the most desirable to make one’s way up a mountain on a bicycle, exposed to cross winds

Light headiness, soreness in breath taking, rawness in one of the lungs, lack of strength in the legs, unexplainable transient pains in the legs, arms, and other places, temporary loss of energy and a desire to sleep seem to be the symptoms.

Yesterday, the short ride was unpleasant. Cycling flat stretches today gave a good indication if body adjustments were underway. Climbing hills certainly gave indications on how far I could push myself. Plenty of water was consumed along the way. Close to the end of the trip I took a residential road only to find that there were a couple of very steep hills.

  On the way down I needed to keep the speed under control. It certainly convinced me that I needed to go to a bike store. It seems that metal particles had become embodied in the brake pads. No wonder that the rear brakes made such noise and the braking was a bit unsure.

  Santa Fe

Santa Fe lies in a plateau surrounded by mountains. While basically flat, there are some significant climbs around, as I found out.

  When a city has a historical architecture as a legacy one would like to see all buildings be in that form and let the architects’ imagination provide the variations that inspire people as they pass by. In parts of Santa Fe it seems that this was the approach. Unfortunately, there are parts of this city which seemed to have unorganized sprawl that most cities undergo. There, the architecture does not conform to the historical form in any way. The architecture can only be called cheap. In a way it distracts significantly from one’s attraction to this city.


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