Monday, November 6, 2017

Threesome Riding

Today's 4-Mile Tracking

I wnted to get in at least a few miles on the trike today, but I get tired of leaving the lap-dogs behind.
I've towed them in the trailer before, so I'm not sure why I haven't done it more often, except maybe for pure absent-mindedness.  The trailer is quite easy to pull and the doggies weigh less than the trailer they ride in.
So I loaded all three of us into the Ford Exploder and off we went down the goat path to the pavement of Frost Road to saddle up on the trike.

 The pooches ARE restrained, but I shortened the strap after these pix

We're in process of evacuating our house in order to sell it, and still have some heavy hauling to do to get all the good stuff (that won't fit in the no-slideout RV) into our storage cubicle.  Thus my desire to shorten the ride today so I could make more trips to the storage unit with the trailer full of moving stuff instead of trike paraphernalia.

So we only did barely over 4 miles today.  The weather was sunny and not that cold, but the wind was blowing pretty stiff toward the east, as seen from the whipping flagtennas in the picture.  So much that I was reluctant to go very far east since this wind would be a stiff headwind in our faces on the way back.
So now it's away to the piles of moving boxes  we need hauled over to the storage unit....

Ride Started: 1:31 PM    Ride Ended:  2:14 PM
Beginning Battery Voltage:   13.3   Ending Voltage: 12.9  Lowest:  12.5
Beginning Blood Glucose:  206   
    Ending BG Reading: 85 
Lowest Temp  57F      Highest Temp:  54F   
Stats from the GPS:    Total Miles:  4.41 
Overall average speed            Moving Avg               Max Speed  
6.0 MPH                                 7.9 MPH                  26.2
Total Trip time                       Moving Time             Stopped Time 
44 minutes
                              33 minutes               10 minutes

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Friday Rambling Run

Friday Tracking In the Bosque

We wanted to do our typical joint Friday Tandem Terratrike ride but debated on whether it was worth a 30+ mile trip to ride the tree filled beauty of the Bosque Trail or suck it up and do a hilly up 'n down ride around here closer to home.
Since we had a lengthy list of stuff we needed from WalMart , we decided to combine the trip and get in a few miles along the Rio Grande and then blow our cash at the Big Box Store.
We got rolling an hour or more earlier than we usually do.
Our newly-discovered red-gravel trails were fairly populated with bikers, walkers, other dogs, and families with squealing little kids, all fun to encounter except for one or two who couldn't be bothered to smile or say "HI".  The kiddos were especially enamored with Tink and Lilly riding in the plastic milk crate dog-perch on the back of the trike behind Jacque. Fun.

We only made about 4-something miles when we decided we were hungry enough to interrupt the trip and skedaddle back toward the Old Town area for some expensive but yummy Southwestern cuisine.
When we got there, we were surprised at the lack of crowds AND the lowered pricing on the food available.  The last time we were there the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta was in full swing, which obviously helped increase the crowds AND prices.
We again dined at the Quesadilla Grille in Old Town, and currently their web page demonstrates their hot air inflated Balloon Prices :

Our meal prices this Friday were several dollars cheaper apiece.  We had their Taco Plate meals. Jacque chose chicken and I chose ground beef, and both of us loved the food.  Total cost about 24 bucks including drinks and tip.  Even skinflint Jim (Your Modest Author) found no fault with these prices.
Several people in the Plaza asked if they could take our picture, which we (of course graciously) allowed.  We often joke that if we charged $5 a pop for such photo ops we would either be bothered less OR make enough money to pay for our meals during these jaunts.
By now it was approaching 3-something PM and we needed to get started on our shopping so we rode back to the Exploder/trailer  combination with full tummies.
When we stopped at the dinosaur-powered vehicles we were mildly surprised to see we had accomplished 10 miles for this modest ride.

Ride Started: 11:12 AM    Ride Ended:  3:03 PM
Beginning Battery Voltage:   13.3   Ending Voltage: 13.2  Lowest:  12.2
Beginning Blood Glucose:  137      Ending BG: 130 
Lowest Temp  64F      Highest Temp:  75F   
Stats from the GPS:    Total Miles:  10.07 
Overall average speed            Moving Avg               Max Speed  
4.0 MPH                                 5.9 MPH                     13.1 MPH 
Total Trip time                       Moving Time             Stopped Time 
2 hous 30 mins                      1 hour 41 mins              48 minutes

Monday, October 30, 2017

Baby, It's Cold Outside

Monday's Very Short Tracking
I was getting sleepy this afternoon, so even though it was getting too late, I determined to go for a short ride at least.  Hopefully it would get my blood circulating and wake me up.
Wake me up it did, indeed.  It was quite cold and windy all day today, so I wore my long sleeve windbreaker and tucked my pants legs into the tops of my wool socks to keep the pants out of the sprocket and chain grease, thus not needing sun-block.
I was Shocked, Shocked, by the stiffness of the wind.  Not only was it cold but it was coming FROM the East, when normally winds blow from the West.
I only made it a couple miles before I decided I'd had enough cold exercise for the day.  Not only that, but the steady stream of home-bound traffic was a bit much.

Ride Started: 3:59 PM    Ride Ended:  4:14 PM
Beginning Battery Voltage:   13.0   Ending Voltage: 12.9  Lowest:  12.9
Beginning Blood Glucose:  129      Ending BG: 121 
Lowest Temp  46F      Highest Temp:  50F   
Stats from the GPS:    Total Miles:  2.54 
Overall average speed            Moving Avg               Max Speed  
7.0 MPH                                 8.4 MPH                     23.2 MPH 
Total Trip time                       Moving Time             Stopped Time 
21 minutes                            18 minutes                3 minutes

It's Bosque Friday

Bosque Tracking

We started our usual Friday Bosque ride a bit late.  We parked the Exploder and trailer and started rolling after 2 PM.
The weather has been cooling since the onset of fall and it was noticeable today.  Normally, riding this part of the afternoon would result in a very warm or overheated ride.  Not so this time.  It was a bit on the cool side but just enough so that made for comfortable riding.
We again quickly dropped off the paved road and cruised around the packed gravel trails winding close to the Rio Grande and largely in the shade and shelter of the cottonwoods of the Bosque.

We tried following some of the foot-paths but soon found ourselves unable to make some of the sharp turns between stumps, rocks, and trees.  We crab-backed the trike and turned around and got back on the wider and smoother red-gravel trail and enjoyed the rest of the ride more better.
We ran out of time and did not want to be riding after dark, so we missed out on our usual detour down Mountain Road to Old Town for a break and a treat.
The fall colors were spectacular as well amongst the varieties of trees in the area.
Our doggies seem to be getting slightly more accustomed to encountering other people and their dogs, at least in the Bosque.  They got less excited with several strange-dog encounters and didn't bark at all during several other encounters.  We'll see how this pans out....

Ride Started: 2:11 PM    Ride Ended:  4:50 PM
Beginning Battery Voltage:   13.2   Ending Voltage: 13.1  Lowest:  12.8
Beginning Blood Glucose:  165  Lowest BG mid-ride:  67    Ending BG: 36 (Ouch)
Lowest Temp  63F      Highest Temp:  71F   
Stats from the GPS:    Total Miles:  10.6 
Overall average speed            Moving Avg               Max Speed  
4.0 MPH                                   5.8 MPH                     14.9 MPH 
Total Trip time                       Moving Time             Stopped Time 
2 hours 40 mins                       1 hour  49 mins         50 minutes

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Downhill in a Headwind

Tracking via GPS, APRS, and Ham Radio

Jacque and I have Temple duties in Albuquerque today, but I wanted to get in a few miles beforehand.
The day was bright and sunny but it got rather windy in short order.
No real problem, but even on the recumbent with the windscreen, it slows me down.  Once or twice, the wind was so stiff I had to pedal to maintain speed going down my normally-high-speed hills.
But Hey, that's cycling, right?

Ride Started: 10:37 AM    Ride Ended:  12:01 PM
Beginning Battery Voltage:   13.8   Ending Voltage: 13.0  Lowest:  12.9
Beginning Blood Glucose:  125  Lowest BG mid-ride:  67    Ending BG: 77 
Lowest Temp  61F      Highest Temp:  71F   
Stats from the GPS:    Total Miles:  9.31 
Overall average speed            Moving Avg               Max Speed  
6.7 MPH                                 8.0 MPH                     33.6 MPH 
Total Trip time                       Moving Time             Stopped Time 
1 hour 22 mins                       1 hour  10 mins         12 minutes

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Been Riding Regularly... Once a Week or So

Today's Round-the-Canyon Tracking

I haven't gotten off my butt and ridden since last Tuesday, I see.  I've been busy, the weather has messed up a couple days, we had a funeral to attend on Saturday, and other weak excuses.
I was all riled up to ride yesterday, Monday, but wound up hauling a load of electronics junk to Albuquerque, afterwards  we went to a movie for Family Home Evening, and I ran outa time.
But, Today, with Jacque's encouragement, I saddled up and rode around while she drove to town to pick up sewing machines.
It was close to noon when I got going, but it was still nippy outside and it made for good riding weather.
It was 33 degrees when we awoke this morning, and even though it was a sunny day, it has been cool all day.  It won't be long before I dig out the serious cold weather gear:  Insulated gloves, polar fleece skull cap, fade mask, etc.  The only outer garments I ever wear in even freezing weather in the years I've been riding are lightweight shirts and windbreakers.  Anything with real insulation quickly overheats me and causes sweating, which wets the clothing and then REALLY gets cold.  Thus the cyclists habit of adding and peeling layers as we approach hills etc:  Zipping on the windbreaker when topping a hill to stay warm while zooming downhill, and peeling it off when climbing such hills.
I like to use errands for cycling excuses, and I recently found a users manual for a drill press I'd sold a couple months ago to a neighbor and Church friend.  She and her hubby live about 8 miles from our home, so I decided to hand deliver the manual ... on the Catrike .
It's always frustrating to navigate terrible stretches of pavement, and Mountain Valley Road filled that bill this time.  Cracks that barely register in a car with more weight and larger wheels make a severe stress and pounding on a bike or trike.  But hey, I survived, and after only a couple miles of that nonsense, I was on Old Route 66 which, for the section I ride regularly, has new pavement and a lovely wide shoulder without too much shoulder garbage scattered along it.
Riding a recumbent trike, situated so close to the ground, it is  easy to spot debris and also to slow down or even stop to pick up detritus and throw it out of the road.  Just a few hundred yards  past the Mountain Valley / Route 66 junction, there were several large pieces of lumber lying in my way on the shoulder, and I picked them up and heaved them completely off the roadway.  If I had been in my regular dinosaur-powered vehicle, I would likely have taken such wood pieces home to put through the wood stove.  Then again, I may never have spotted them at 60 MPH.
After a few miles I  was getting woozy and found my blood glucose (BG) was 120 and falling, so I ate one of my emergency cookies and rode onward.  Another few miles and I distinctly heard the telltale bleep-bleep of my insulin pump complaining it had run out of insulin.  This had a deleterious effect on my BG since it was over 200 when I got home.  So at present, after refilling the pump and plugging it into a new section of my belly fat, it's Diet Root Beer until the blood glucose gets down where it belongs.

Ride Started: 11:15 AM    Ride Ended:  2:52 PM
Beginning Battery Voltage:   13.8   Ending Voltage: 12.9  Lowest:  12.9

Beginning Blood Glucose:  225  Lowest BG mid-ride:  120    Ending BG Reading: 218 
Lowest Temp  53F      Highest Temp:  71F   
Stats from the GPS:    Total Miles:  19.41 
Overall average speed            Moving Avg               Max Speed  
5.5 MPH                                 7.1 MPH                   32.3 MPH 
Total Trip time                       Moving Time             Stopped Time 
3 hours 32 mins                      2 hours   43 mins        48 minutes

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Look, Ma, Only Two Wheels

Today's Postal Tracking

Yesterday, Monday, I decided to drag out my old 2-wheel recumbent, from the storage shed.  It has been literally months since I rode it and I've been wondering if I want to keep it or sell it to someone cheap.
I pulled it out ~ the front tire was a bit soft ~ so I aired both tires up to 55 PSI.
I rode it directly from home down to the pavement and thenceforth, since with its big 26 X 1.95 tires it rolls over the rocks and rough places not too badly.
I quickly realized why I ride it so seldom nowadays.  With 21 speeds, 3 in front and 7 in the rear, it not only lacks a good low "granny" gear for climbing hills, but also lacks a high enough gear on the other end of the gear spectrum for cruising at speed on straight and level or, better yet, downhill roads.
I was, as usual, a bit late in getting going, so I only rode to the Post Office and back.  The ride was fairly enjoyable except for the relative difficulty of motivating this machine since it is almost twice as heavy as my little lightweight Catrike Road .
The PO had a couple of envelopes for me, so I tucked them into my rear pannier and took off for home.
After I exited the pavement and began struggling up the goat-path hill towards home, the rear chain popped off the existing granny gear and locked up between the cassette and the wheel.  Thus I was forced to stop, park the bike, and work on the chain.  I also took the opportunity of adjusting the shift stops in hopes it would not be able to jump off the highest or lowest cassette gear in the immediate future.  After getting good and greasy, I resumed huffing and puffing up the hill.  I noticed my neighbor, in her black pickup truck, had stopped on the road behind me about the same spot where I'd just left.  Thinnking nothing of it, I continued on to the house.  When I arrived home, Jacque enquired if there had been any mail, and I said "Sure", and went to retrieve it from my pannier.  It was nowhere to be found.  It must have fallen out of my pannier somehow.  We drove down the hill, retracing my route and peering closely at the sides of the road watching for the missing mail, all the way to the PO and back, to no avail.
Remembering my neighbor who had stopped behind me so close where I'd been working on the bike, we drove over to their place to see if perhaps she might have picked up my lost mail, and sure enough, she had.
Thank goodness for good neighbors.  Not only had she found my 2 pieces of mail, she had picked up my bright yellow windbreaker which somehow had fallen out as well.  I have NO idea how so much junk came loose, unnoticed, from my pannier.  Sigh.

I'm seriously thinking of trading off the old 2-wheel recumbent.  I need a spare ride, in case something serious goes wrong with the trike, but I'm losing interest in 2-wheelers.

Ride Started: 2:23 PM    Ride Ended:  3:33 PM
Beginning Battery Voltage:   14.0   Ending Voltage: 13.2  Lowest:  13.0

Beginning Blood Glucose:  154   Ending BG Reading: 100 
Lowest Temp  67F      Highest Temp:  84F   
Stats from the GPS:    Total Miles:  5.50 
Overall average speed            Moving Avg               Max Speed  
4.6 MPH                                 7.3 MPH                   26.4 MPH 
Total Trip time                       Moving Time             Stopped Time 
1 hour 12 mins                        45 minutes                 26 minutes