December 29 Returned to New Mexico in the wee hours, slept, woke up to light snow getting heavy. Split a couple of barrowloads of wood, hopped on the stud shod Big Dummy to get tacos Headed out again a few hours later in worsening conditions to go to the bank and get groceries. Mileage: 10.17 miles
December 30 Snowing heavily in the morning. Shoveled almost a foot or snow off the driveway. Watched the snow fall and caulked the tub. Decided to bail on the ride to the golf course and xc ski plan and just headed out for a neighborhood cruise on the big dummy. It was probably 25 and blowing. The roads were either packed snow or ice or unplowed. The studded tires did no wrong on the ice and packed snow. The trails and park were under too much snow to ride so I stuck to the road. It was a good cold little ride. Mileage: 6.3 miles
So these two days added 16.47 miles of studded tire big dummy riding to the previous 92.03 on the fixie friday for a massive 108.5 miles, aka 174.6 km. Not even halfway there to the 500km goal, but I did some good rides, lots of errands and rode everyday. I call it a win. Surf on over to the rapha blog to see how everyone else did.
OK, here are the first few days of the Rapha Festive 500 attempt.
December 23rd Got up early, got to the airport, chased the baby through the infinite halls of Pheonix airport, got to Santa Barbara (see I cheat!) unpacked the fixie friday, headed to the markets to get some beers and sundries: Fiddled with the non-working cyclocomputer for a while and then gave up and rode back to a bike shop to get a new bike computer. Mileage: 5 miles (low estimate for fairness sake...)
December 24th: Rode to the butterfly grove in goleta, some muddy riding/running to find the family, tried to keep the wee ones from getting the butterflies, headed to lunch, ate a burrito, rode back on the foot hill route, up to mountain and down. Ran a bunch of errands. It were a good day. Stem QR wireless computer mount hack with super pro bidon Mileage, 35.66 miles.
December 25th, Christmas with the family. Rode from the hotel to my brothers house. Tried to sneak in a ride while Aida napped. She did not nap, my ride was enshortened. Probably saved me from a very wet ride. Mileage: 5.65 miles
December 26th, Rode out with my bro toward mountain, he turned back after five miles, I headed for parts unknown. Great ride, found the bike butt mailbox, did a loop and lots of climbing. Mileage 20.28
December 27th. Got out for a good afternoon ride. Completed the mountain to sanysidro loop, back through montecito and downtown. Absolutely beautiful day. Lots of wet on the roads. Mileage 24.92
December 28th Rode from the hotel to my brothers house. Put helmet on for ride, but baby would not nap, so I put helmet away and walked to get coffee and treats with the young lady. Got back, packed up the bike and headed to the airport to return home. Mileage 0.52 miles, but I did ride.
So the total for the warmish part of the festive 500 was 92.03 miles, aka 148.11 km. So still a bit short of the planned 500 but probably one of my best weeks in december since I have lived in NM, tune in tomorrow evening for how the final two days went...
Ah, winter, she is here. A good day starting with snow encrusted riding, ending in really snow encrusted riding.
Got in a 14 miles of wintry goodness culminating in riding home with four inches on the trails sliding around on the big dummy.
In that vein, I announce my attempt to achieve epicness this holiday season. I am a sucker for a good logo so I am in it to try it and fall far short. Go me. Follow along with my meagre milage with the festive 500 tag.
Usually I would be blogging winter stuff right now, but it is so dry and (relatively) warm, I actually had to water some trees. We have no snow to speak of in Los Alamos thus far, so here is some sad old news...
My favorite tree planting, posthumously anointed Kenny, is an aspen I planted in the front yard. It went yellow this year and was growing slowly, yet steadily, into a tree, potentially offering shade in the hot summer afternoons. Alas the morning we left for New Zealand, I found it smashed asunder:
Neighbors saw sparring mule deer in the front the afternoon before. You bastards. You killed Kenny. I have since cut the remains down and added it to the kindling pile, hoping that some aspen suckers come up from the root.
I think I took this photo a mere handful of hours before the deer got the tree.
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