Cycling Advocates Ride to Pro Walk Pro Bike 2006

     
Daily Trip Log
Jack
 
     

from Vancouver B.C. to Madison, Wisconsin

Picture of Vancouver, BCGrouse Mountain Vancouver B.C.
Santa Fe, NM and Surroundings
   
 
Date: 2006-09-23
Distance: 51 Kilometres
Cycling Time: 2.33 Hours
Average Speed: 22.13 kph
 
  Trip Distance since Leaving Vancouver - 4,678 Kilometres  

Thoughts for the Day

 

 
 

The Farmers Market

   
  An early departure in the cold morning air was conveniently delayed for a few hours when I recalled a sign for a Farmer’s Market this morning. Now, for convenience, the market was located just across the intersection.

 
  I do enjoy going to farmers market. Santa Fe’s market was a real market with 80 to 100 vendors selling products that one expect from a good market with the producers selling their products directly to the public. The markets that I did come across usually had vendors selling two or three products. Variety was much better here.

 
    There were the fall vegetables and fruits offered for sale. From the root products to squash to peppers, from first crop apples, from home baked breads, from home produced goat cheeses, buffalo meats, and so on the producers were selling their products.

 
    While my intentions were to maybe buy some apples and a baked good, I came back with some local goat cheeses, fresh bread, Navaho slice of baked goods, grapes from 80 year old vines, dried apple chips, Apple cider and so on. Well, will need some of this for Tuesday’s train trip.

 
  Cycling the Santa Fe Trail

   
After yesterday’s experience with thorns, the first thing out of the motel room and into the bright sun, it was time to give the tires a good checkout. Two thorns and one difficult piece of wire to remove later and I was ready to go. Good thing that I had put on tires with a liner built in.

 
My thought for today was to cycle south into the plateau area. From the motel I cycled downtown to the Santa Fe Trail. The trail is a narrow road lined with trees winding up the base of the mountain range on the east side of Santa Fe. There is little traffic on this road which made the ride so much more pleasant.

 
It was a cold day with temperature around 10 degrees Celsius or less and with a cold wind blowing from the north.

 
  The first hill was an effort but things got easier after that. Breathing became a bit easier.

 
The ride was so pleasant with the backdrop of the mountain ranges and the snow caps. When it came time to cut –off to the road leading to the plateau, I decided to stay on the trail. The trail was just too interesting to leave. As the trail climbed it became colder. There were plenty of birds signing along the way. Yellow and purple flowers were blooming. The scenery was inspiring.

 
The pitch became steeper. This was one of the few times that the granny gear was needed. Over the summit and down a steep grade the road rolled into a hamlet, Canada de Los Alamos. The hamlet was a collection of uninteresting and somewhat dilapidated houses with no stores or gas station. Along the road there was a sign indicating that the road would dead end.

 
  So, time to turn around and do the climb again. On the other side of the crest there was a long ride without any peddling.

 
It was a satisfying ride with some climbing and much interesting scenery and vistas. Had to change clothing a few times along the ride depending on elevation, wind direction, and direction of cycling.

 
After the cycle it was time for a walk downtown. The wind was dropping and the sun’s heat intensity increased.

 
Retailing adobe style    

Cycling Facilities

 

 

Santa Fe  
    New Mexico's Rural Roads