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.
from Santa Fe to Lamy, NM and on to Sacramento, CA
Date: 2006-09-26
Distance: 31 Kilometres
Cycling Time: 1.23 Hours
Average Speed: 24.80 kph
  Trip Distance since Leaving Vancouver - 4,844 Kilometres  

Thoughts for the Day



Santa Fe to the Train Sation at Lamy, NM

    A bit warmer start to the day. Sun was blazing down. A wind from the north. I set off about 10:00 am for the rode south to Lamy and the Amtrak station. I allowed 2 hours for the ride considering I was carrying more weight on the bike. The first part of the ride would be the climb up the Santa Fe Trail. From the crest there would be a drop of about 300 or 400 metres into Lamy. While the direction would be towards the plateau at the foot of Santa Fe and lower elevation, there would still be a few good climbs and one significant one.

    A last chance to enjoy the views and vistas from the Santa Fe Trail. Starting in the city, the road would be a narrow two lane street without room for car parking. The sidewalks would be tightly tugged to the road and the pink adobe buildings would front on the sidewalk. After the first bend, the road would wind its way up through the terrain with 3 to 5 metres trees shielding the abode housing from the street. Yellow flowers would reach into the road. Birds would be swooping with the wind, chirping as they pass. Meanwhile the vistas of the mountain to the left and the plateau bounded by mountains ahead and to the west. Hardly any traffic on the road. Just enjoyable to ride along this trail.

While I left plenty of time to ride to the station, in case of a goat thorn doing some damage to the tire and plenty of time to box the bike and baggage, I made it faster here than yesterday when I was cycling light. Cannot explain that.

For the first hour I could not feel the wind. Maybe the mountain shielded it. Maybe it was just propelling me forward. As I turned south then the warm, gently strong wind became somewhat a cross-wind with some forward propulsion. Cresting at the bottom of hills also meant strong cross winds to content with. The bike was heavily loaded on the back with no weight on the front. Had to watch the descends.


Just after I arrived in Lamy at the station, the excursion train from Santa Fe arrived with a load of sightseers. The train just runs from Santa Fe to here. Stops for a while so that people could enjoy lunch at the station, listen to a guitarist and talk to a healing man. The lunch was quite good and not too expensive. Then back on the train and a slow trip back to the city.


Now the passengers are streaming into the station, as there will shortly be a train from the west. The station door is open and a soft warm wind is blowing in. The sounds of the guitarist are drifting in as well. With the sun shining down and some clouds floating through the skies, it is really pleasant sitting here.

Amtrak to Los Angeles and then to Sacramento

  It will be midnight tomorrow before I reach Sacramento. In the morning I will need to switch trains for the Californian ride. The Chicago train has arrived. Another 30 minutes and I will be on the way.


Cycling Facilities



Santa Fe  
    New Mexico's Rural Roads