Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Beautiful February Riding Weather

Today's Short-Track Tracking

Just another short ride on Monday afternoon.  This time Tink  and I got maybe 1/2 mile west along the parallel Paseo del Norte trail before running out of time and turning back.
There seem to be a lot more cyclists out as the weather warms up, more than I remember encountering back when I was riding more regularly last year.  Of course there's the usual mix of friendlies and too-high-class-to-care types, but it's great to encounter any and all of them.

Ride Started: 3:21 PM    Ride Ended:  4:49 PM
Beginning Battery Voltage:   13.2   Ending Voltage: 13.1  Lowest:  12.4
Lowest Temp  55 F      Highest Temp:  64 F 
Stats from the GPS:    Total Miles:  6.65
Overall average speed            Moving Avg               Max Speed
   4.5 MPH                            6.7 MPH                   18.7 MPH
Total Trip time                       Moving Time             Stopped Time
1 hour 29 mins                        59 minutes                  30  minutes

Friday, February 5, 2016

And Wowzers, Second Frigid Day in a Row

Tracking via GPS, Ham Radio, and APRS

All the LDS missionaries from Taos to El Paso send me their monthly mileage and expense reports.
Occasionally I get a nice note inside thanking me for whatever help I've been able to give them.
Yesterday I got no note, but a very nice sketch on the back of the expense envelope.....
Cute.  Very cute.








Tinkerbell and I went for another short trike trip this afternoon, hoping the weather would be a tad warmer.
It  didn't FEEL warm, even with the extra layer of a windbreaker.  However, I'm already noticing lower blood glucose readings even after only 2 days of mild riding.
This time we turned north on the North Diversion Trail and rode up to the fork in the trail just shy of Paseo del Norte and turned around.
I even wore my GoPro video camera today, but left it at the office so I'm unable to post any clips from it.
About the only exciting thing on it was me passing a good looker jogger - just barely - as we climbed the hill coming up from the bike underpass at Osuna.  I was able to put some distance between us once we topped the climb, but my pedal powered machine is no speedster even on level ground, and not at all on any degree of uphill grade.
The distance is still far short of what I hope to get back to soon, as I get the legs warmed up again.
Had we not been running a bit late, almost 5 PM, we could certainly have made another few miles.
I see from the temperature log it was already starting to cool down approaching the 5:00 PM hour.
Manana, Manana....

Ride Started: 3:57 PM    Ride Ended:  4:52 PM
Beginning Battery Voltage:   13.2   Ending Voltage: 12.9  Lowest:  12.7
Lowest Temp  43 F      Highest Temp:  50 F 
Stats from the GPS:    Total Miles:  5.44
Overall average speed            Moving Avg               Max Speed
   5.8 MPH                            6.5 MPH                   18.2 MPH
Total Trip time                       Moving Time             Stopped Time
56 minutes                             50 minutes                  6  minutes

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Actually Got Out and RODE Today

Today's Exploratory Pathway via APRS

Well, I finally did what I've  been threatening to do for weeks.  The tandem Terratrike has been repaired, parked, and ready for at least a couple weeks.  Our busy schedule has seemingly been too crowded to allow breaks during the day for riding, but I never seem to get caught up in spite of long hours.  Realizing if I didn't just take off and DO it I'd NEVER do it, I got out my stuff after lunch today, saddled up, and rode away with Tinkerbell in the back basket.
Having not ridden this end of Jefferson before (the closest street with a bike-lane), I was motivated to see how easy it might be to ride down to the closest entry to an actual Albuquerque bike path and get away from the motorized traffic.
My legs are, of course, woefully out of shape from this long stretch of non riding, but it was OK, and it naturally felt GREAT to be out of doors again with the wind in my face.
Riding the tandem with an empty back seat might seem dorky, but keeping just the tandem at work in ABQ and my 2-wheel recumbent at home means if Jacque is in the mood to ride with me around town, she can do so, and if not, riding the tandem is fun even without her occupying the back seat.  I could have also taken both doggies for the ride instead of just Tinkerbell,  and probably should have.  Lilly gave Jacque unlimited grief while we were gone and had to be banished "to the crate" out in the front vestibule to allow the mission office staff some relief from her puppy whining and griping.
Tinkerbell, of course, was the perfect trike-passenger, royally surveying her boundless kingdom as we rode along, enjoying the odd glances of passing joggers, motorists, and walkers.
The new bike overpass over I-25  is now completely done and open for traffic.  We rode up the the ramp entry but decided to save that trip for another day to see how or if the city extended the other end of the overpass other than what it used to be..... fading out in TD's girlie club parking lot and feeding into a non-bike-laned street.  I think it now feeds into a usable bike pathway but will soon find out.
On the other  end of this short run across Jefferson and I-25, the path splits left at an above-ground water viaduct passing over the city's diversion canal.  I unfortunately took the right path split and wound up dead-ending at the sidewalk alongside Osuna, with the narrow sidewalk barely wide enough for the trike to get west enough on Osuna to get back  on the "North Diversion" trail. 
From this trail you can ride south down to UNM and Central, or north to Balloon Fiesta Park, or north and west along the Paseo parallel bike path to the world famous Bosque Trail which of course is a fun and easy ride up and down it's 16 mile length along the Rio Grande.
Me, and Tink too, decided to not push ourselves with my outa-shape legs, and turned around to go back and ride farther another day (hopefully almost every day).
Not very much distance today, but a vast improvement over sitting in a chair in front of a computer and file cabinets all day.....

Ride Started: 1:56 PM    Ride Ended:  2:43 PM
Beginning Battery Voltage:   13.2   Ending Voltage: 13.1  Lowest:  12.7
Lowest Temp  40 F      Highest Temp:  51 F 
Stats from the GPS:    Total Miles:  6.79
Overall average speed            Moving Avg               Max Speed
   4.1 MPH                            5.2 MPH                   13.6 MPH
Total Trip time                       Moving Time             Stopped Time
47 minutes                             45 minutes                  2  minutes

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Maybe There's Hope After All

Since beginning our local church assignments as Service Missionaries for the New Mexico Albuquerque Mission, we have not been on our bikes, not even once.
I have ridden a few hundred yards on Missionary Bicycles that I have repaired during this time, but nothing coming close to breaking a sweat.
Last week, however, I hitched up the trailer to the Subaru and loaded up the Terratrike Tandem Recumbent, and brought it to the Mission Office in hopes of taking mid-day breaks for riding around for fun and exercise.
The right-hand brake, however, refused to work whatsoever.  All the sitting out under the deck at home, exposed to partial outside snow, moisture, and dust, had rusted the brake cable to the point it just wouldn't release or move at all.  As I struggled to remove the cable for replacement, I found a  worn spot in the neoprene outer protective jacket of the cable that had been allowing such corrosive stuff to enter therein.  I actually had to DESTROY the cable trying to get it removed from the trike for repair.  It had a large keeper on the brake-handle end of the cable, and was rusted beyond retrieval inside the cable housing, so I could not get it out of the brake seats and guides without literally pulling it apart and cutting it finally with my Gerber multi-tool file.
I was able to purchase replacement cable kits from Performance Bikes down at the Renaissance area near Sam's Club, which is not far from the mission office.
Trouble is, that was a week ago, and I still haven't found the time to sneak out to the bike area and finish the repairs on the trike so we can take it for a spin.....
But soon, hopefully.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Wow, Am I Getting Lazy

Today's tracking via APRS and Ham Radio

Just a short ride today up to Los Cuates Restaurant to meet with Paul N5DBB for our quasi-monthly lunch date.  The last time I rode the bike was for our LAST lunch date, exactly a month ago.  BAH
Since we work in Albuquerque at the New Mexico Albuquerque Mission (LDS) office, we have neglected our beneficial exercising. 

Almost every day I spend 30 minutes to an hour swinging the heavy wood-splitter maul, but that is merely heart-attack stuff:  Exert yourself in short violent bursts until you're exhausted, take a few minutes break, and do it over and over again.  Instead of feeling energized afterwards, as after a bike ride, I feel like I've been whipped and run over.  Oh the Joys of Old Age....
Anyways, it was great to actually saddle up the bike and get in a  few miles today.  We had 6 INCHES of snow dump on us Monday night, but it was mostly gone the next day, with high winds the next couple days, but today was absolutely fabulous.   Just cool enough to keep it enjoyable.
My current scheme is to take the bike to town every workday on the bike rack on the gas-burner vehicle and ride it for an hour or less for exercise and stretch breaks in ABQ.  We'll try to stay in touch and let y'all know how that works out.
I forgot the GoPro camera today but nothing interesting happened anyway....

Ride Started: 11:22 AM    Ride Ended:  1:51 PM
Beginning Battery Voltage:   14.2   Ending Voltage: 13.1  Lowest:  13.0
Lowest Temp  57 F      Highest Temp:  71 F 
Stats from the GPS:    Total Miles:  6.79
Overall average speed            Moving Avg               Max Speed
   6.1 MPH                              7.2 MPH                   24.5 MPH
Total Trip time                       Moving Time             Stopped Time
1 hour 6 mins                         56 minutes                9  minutes

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

RV Life Etc.

A Sample Day of RV Travel this month

Time certainly gets away from us whether we're having fun or not.  Fortunately, most everything is fun as long as we wake up in the morning outside any major hospital, har.
My major interest in blogging is in regaling the masses about the wonderful-ness of people-powered travel, especially of the biking and triking variety.
Since the first part of September we've been too busy to find time to ride such fun people-powered devices, but we have been having a bit of fun anyway, what with our several misadventures running around chasing children and grandkids in our Bounder RV.
SO.  As we recently returned from a couple of overnights in Colorado and Utah, we were cruising southbound on Highway 550 (previously known as the notorious NM Route 44 between Bernalillo and Bloomfield NM) we started to get nervous, since it was starting to get dark.  In years past, before my cataract surgeries in both eyes and before I started turning into a worry-wart, driving all hours of the night was no big chore for me.  Even though I've had several close calls over my lifetime of driving at night, it didn't bother me that much.  Nowadays, I don't mind short bits of driving after dark, but Jacque HATES it and gets downright negative if we continue driving after dark.  She prefers finding a place to park, getting set up, and putting on the meal preparations...... well BEFORE dark.  I'm still suffering from "Get as many miles as you can before stopping" syndrome.
This trip, as we climbed the hill southbound out of Bloomfield NM, the sun started setting.  We had thought (earlier in the day) that we could make it easily from Moab, UT, to home in one stretch of driving, as we have done many times in the past.  This time, however, we didn't START the trip until 11 AM or so which kinda klonked the concept of making the run entirely in daylight.
We had gone only a few miles as the sky darkened when a fast moving car approached from the rear and I noticed if he passed us he would run over a couple of shredded truck tires lying in the middle of the 4-lane road.  He roared past without a care, and did not seem to suffer any  damage from the tire carcasses he ran over, but it worried me that he might have side-swiped us trying to miss the junk.  THEN I began to worry about what might happen if we encountered such junk in OUR lane.  Yes, the headlights worked and I could see maybe 100 yards ahead..... BUT the RV, especially when towing the Toad (RV talk for a towed vehicle, in our case a not-very-light Ford Exploder), is extremely hard to stop and takes a long while, standing on the brakes, to come to a complete stop.  So, in fact, I was running faster than our brakes could save us if something appeared dead ahead in the headlights.  Had there been anywhere to park, I would have given up and pulled over and waited for daylight to resume travel, even though we'd hoped to get home in time to attend our home Church ward on Sunday morning.  We passed the Jicarilla Apache Casino out in the middle of nowhere;  where the old temporary casino lies vacant with a large parking lot.  We stayed there one night a year or so ago on another trip and the noise from trucks coming and going from the station and casino made it hard to sleep.  Thus we continued on, finally arriving in the darkened village limits of Cuba, New Mexico.  We saw no signs for RV parks so I turned on the mobile internet and we Googled to see if any were listed for this non-bustling metropolis.  We laughed out loud when the listing "Theresa's RV Park and Beauty Salon" appeared.  We called the number to find how far it was and we had passed it without noticing any signs of an RV park.  "Theresa" very politely explained she had a vacancy and that she would "Turn the Light On" for their sign so we could find them.  We carefully turned the monster RV around and went back, spotting her now-illuminated sign on the west side of the highway.  It was still very dark and we could see no entrance but turned in anyway, realizing at the last moment that there WAS no paved entrance, and the narrow dirt entrance was rugged and full of pot-holes..... we were desperate enough to carefully crawl the rest of the way behind the "Beauty Parlor" (a room in the proprietress's double-wide mobile home) to find our spot.  The nice little old lady vaguely pointed where we could park, commenting ".... I'm not sure..... I think that's a good place..... I hope the electric works here for you..."
Daylight Shot of Theresa's Sign
 There were about 6 other trailers and RV's parked here and there, and we wound up parked in a rough non-level area just behind the owner's mobile home.  Our hydraulic RV levelers did their best, leaving us sloping a bit more than usual, and the electric not only had a receptacle that worked for us but seemed to power up the RV nicely.  When we tried to warm up some leftovers in the microwave, however, we realized the electric connection was weak... the microwave would start for a second or so and then just blink off.  She had only asked for $15 for the night so we didn't complain;  we just ate and went to bed.
The "park" hookups seem to have been installed by an unemployed brother-in-law or something, as the sewer hookups were an odd collection of "Y's", allowing 2 campers to drain into the same pipe.  Fun.
Being so close to NM 550, we worried about "big rig" and other road noise, but it was not that bad, and we slept fairly well.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Short Day, Short Ride

Today's Trifling Tracking

I tried out a very short ride this morning just so I could say I rode.  Also hoping it helps with the metabolism, blood glucose, yada, yada.
I got up shortly after 6 AM this morning and had to walk Lilly the spoiled puppy dog who has yet to learn that OUTSIDE is where she is supposed to go potty.
She did her business like a good girl  and I proceeded to saddle up and take off on the bike.  I didn't want to use up the entire morning with bike riding, much as I'd love to, as I have other less exciting things to do, like finish painting the house, it's past time to start building up the winter woodpile, keep the RV and cars and tractor lubricated, maintained, and running, all that kind of baloney.
Tink, for once, did NOT anxiously follow me around begging to come with, since she was still in the sack with Jacque.  So I left the snoozing females and got going.
Of course at the 7-ish hour there is a lot of traffic, courtesy of those few Americans who still have jobs and must commute to Albuquerque and Santa Fe to get to work.  For the last several years I have had almost no negative experiences with those who think it's cute to come as close as they can without hitting me, although of course there are often those young fellers who love to rev up their engines while passing or approaching just because...... just because..... because they have an engine to rev up.
But none of such nonsense today.  The only "close encounter" I had was with a walker approaching me head on who foolishly walked off into the weeds and gravel off the shoulder so I wouldn't be forced to go around her by veering into the traffic lane.  It was nice of her, but no traffic was around at the time, so I could have easily gone around her, with both of us able to remain on the pavement or shoulder.

Ride Started: 7:25 AM    Ride Ended:  8:31 AM
Beginning Battery Voltage:   13.3   Ending Voltage: 13.1  Lowest:  13.0
Lowest Temp  61 F      Highest Temp:  71 F 
Stats from the GPS:    Total Miles:  6.37
Overall average speed            Moving Avg               Max Speed
   5.5 MPH                              7.0 MPH                   26.6 MPH
Total Trip time                       Moving Time             Stopped Time
1 hour 9 mins                         54 minutes                15  minutes