Saturday, September 20, 2014

2014 Ridge of the Rockies epilogue

This morning I'm back in Santa Fe at the beginning of a ten day long hiking and sightseeing trip through New Mexico, Colorado and Utah. One of the few downsides of a bike trip is when you see something interesting, you generally don't have the time or ability to hike back in to further explore it. So I'm looking forward to doing that now.

The 2014 Ridge of the Rockies was a great success. In addition to perfect weather, I had no mechanical problems, not even a single flat tire. Other than just being saddle sore from sitting on a bike seat for 1,700 + miles, I had no physical problems at all. We had favorable winds throughout most of the trip and fantastic scenery.

I want to thank Lon and Susan, the owners of Pactour, in addition to crew members Tracy, Bill, Jerry, John, Veronica, Barb, Debbie and George. They all worked hard to make the trip a success.

Thanks again to my roommate Ethan from California. I first met Ethan two years on the Eastern Mountains Tour. He has made these trips even more fun. As with Eastern Mountains, we spent at least half of this trip riding together. He brought his friend, Tom Driscoll, from California, and we rode together a lot of the miles. The fourth member of our group was Scott Pretti from Pennsylvania. I really enjoyed riding with the four of you. Thanks for making the trip extra fun.

Thanks to those who checked in with me throughout the trip including, David Hayes, Tim Perkins, Phillip Hanna, Greg Marshall, Andrea Marshall, Sophie Marshall, Luke Marshall, and Vincent from Hesitation Point Bike. I know there were many people who followed this blog but did not comment. I hope you enjoyed reading about the trip as much as I enjoyed telling you about it. Thanks to my mom and dad for keeping track of me every day and for caring that I arrived safely to the hotel each day. Thanks for caring enough to worry but at the same time supporting what I do. That means the world to me. Thanks to Michele and Kate for the support for my crazy adventures and for meeting me out here in New Mexico to start the next adventure.

At this point, I don't know when the next trip will be. But when it happens I will be here taking pictures, telling stories and blogging about it. In the meantime, one of the people on our trip is creating a YouTube video of the trip. If you are interested in seeing it, let me know and I will provide you the link to it when he finishes it.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Day 16 - Santa Fe New Mexico to Albuquerque New Mexico 75 miles

After two and a half weeks, the adventure called the Ridge of the Rockies has ended. It concluded with a leisurely 75 mile ride from Santa Fe this morning. I apologize that the pictures from the last several days have been lacking but after Colorado, it is more difficult to find really good scenery. Colorado really raises the bar.

The highlight of today for me was a 20-mile long descent in to Albuquerque to finish the trip. We descended from the very cool high desert to warm Albuquerque here in the Rio Grande Valley.

Later this afternoon we will have a banquet which will be our final meal together as a group. It will be a good chance to swap stories and memories and say our goodbyes before going our separate ways.

I will post a separate blog entry later with some final thoughts on the overall trip. Suffice it to say, it was a great adventure very blessed by great weather and, most importantly, everyone arrived here in Albuquerque safely after over 1,700 miles of cycling.

Route profile - Santa Fe New Mexico to Albuquerque New Mexico

On the outskirts of Santa Fe

My shadow and me leaving Santa Fe at first light

Scott climbing out of the valley up toward Madrid New Mexico

Ethan and Scott coming in to Madrid New Mexico