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: 2006-09-21
Distance: 45 Kilometres
Cycling Time: 2.07 Hours
Average Speed: 21.56 kph
  Trip Distance since Leaving Vancouver - 4,627 Kilometres  

Thoughts for the Day



First Snow

  On the mountains a few hundred metres higher in elevation was signs of the first snowfall of the season.

The winds dropped in intensity earlier than forecasted. A noon hour ride was still quite cool. The route was somewhat the same as yesterday except for some additional climbing. It was much easier than yesterday with less breathing pain although there still was some discomfort in the lung. There was still some weakness in the leg muscles but the trip time compared to yesterday was much faster.

The sky was clear. The sun beamed down. The wind kept the temperature down. The route started in the city on the eastern foothills. Then, across the city on the south side, up on the west side on a bypass highway with very wide shoulders. The police had blocked off one lane on the other side as a truck managed to drop its load of sand on the highway. Then back into the city on a highway with terribly narrow shoulders that caused one to ride on the road.

What was great about the cycle was the scenery. On the way out there were the adobe housing, flowers, and the mountains. Then the trip was through a flat plateau until it was time to turn north. The bypass road was a climb with the city on the east and the mountains some 20 or so kilometres away.

After the ride it was time for a walk downtown.

Within a few blocks of the motel there are a couple of large grocery stores. What was interesting is that these large stores were not similar to the stores that we came upon in the western states. These stores were selling organic products at reasonable prices and appealing to the health conscious shoppers. In the store that I went today, the tofu display case exceeded in size even those in the Vancouver stores that I frequent. The choice of products was large. So, one could conclude that maybe the Santa Fe people are more conscious of what they eat.

For the Route 66 fans, it appears that the original route went through downtown Santa Fe, according to the signs along the roads.

Downtown also houses a church built in the 1600, an adobe structure and the oldest church in the US.


Cycling Facilities



Santa Fe  

Today’s Cycling Competition


    Thorns in Tires - 9 – Tire Flats – 0

    Guess they have thorns in New Mexico this time of the year.

Decided to check out some of the bike paths in this city as I would come upon them. The first one turned out to be a short one adjacent to a school leading to some residential multi-story apartment buildings and to an arroyo. When I stopped to take some pictures I glanced down on the front tire and noted a thorn stuck in. Decided to check the tires again when I got back to the street. In the front tire there were now 7 additional thorns stuck in and one really deep in the rear tire. Fortunate checking of the front tire.

  That resolved me to rent a mountain bike with really knobby tires, if I were to check out any more trails.  
    New Mexico's Rural Roads