Saturday, April 11, 2015

Doc Long Picnic Riding

Today's short but strenuous tracking

Our LDS congregation sponsored a Post-Easter Morningside picnic and sing-along this morning, at the Doc Long Picnic area.  It was planned to start at 9 AM so we had to get up early (for a Saturday) and leave the house by 7 AM so we could have time to struggle up that long long slow uphill grade to get there.
These long slow hills with no level or downhill breaks are real downers, but of course once we got there we felt wonderful after cooling off a bit.  Must have stopped for  a dozen or more rest breaks in slightly over 2 miles.....

We also had a VERY heavy frost on the car windshield today.  Where's My Global Warming, I ask?  BAH

I did NOT leave the GoPro at home today.  Instead, I left it safely in the tow car when we rode away on the trike.  Saves wear and tear that way, no strain on the battery, no videos to bore anyone with, etc, etc....
The long slow uphill trek took about an hour and a half to climb; a wee bit over FIVE MINUTES to coast back, riding the brakes most of the way.

Ride Started: 7:18 AM    Ride Ended:  10:40 AM
Beginning Battery Voltage:   13.2   Ending Voltage: 12.8  Lowest:  13.0
Lowest Temp  42 F      Highest Temp:  71 F 
Stats from the GPS:    Total Miles:  4.76
Overall average speed            Moving Avg               Max Speed
  3.0 MPH                                4.4 MPH                  34.9 MPH
Total Trip time                       Moving Time             Stopped Time
3 hours 20 minutes                1 hour 25 minutes      1 hour 29  minutes

Thursday, April 9, 2015

30 Miles Round the Mountain

Today's Pretty-Good Tracking

I started out this morning thinking to do a fairly normal 10 miles or so.  The last few days of high winds,  howling all night and all that, did not fill me with hope for fair weather for today.  However, after the first few miles of absolutely balmy weather we (Jazzy and I) decided to just keep going and do The full loop around South Mountain - out Frost Road to 344 and north and west around the base of the mountain, then back south on NM-14 homeward.
It was stunningly beautiful weather all the way through the ride, with only a few moments of gusting breezes as I approached the top of Heartbreak Hill.  I normally ride around South Mountain the "backwards" way... looping east and north on NM 344 and then screaming DOWN Heartbreak instead of having to get off the bike and walk it 90% of the way:
Riding the Brakes Most of the Way.. only cracked 38 MPH

The lack of cross winds and headwinds led to me coasting a bit faster than I usually do today.
Once down Heartbreak and southbound on NM14, it was both long slow downhills and long slow uphills.  Finally at the "Triangle", where we turned east on Frost Road, it was mostly downhill, except for the mile of uphill goat-path from  the pavement to the house.
We must have passed at least a dozen Sheriff Deputies and State Police vehicles today.  I don't know if this area of the East Mountains is a favorite hideaway for them or what.  I'm sure several of the cop sightings were of the same car;  I don't think there are that many police cars available out here.

Ride Started: 11:34 AM    Ride Ended:  5:23 PM
Beginning Battery Voltage:   13.8   Ending Voltage: 13.1  Lowest:  12.4
Lowest Temp  57 F      Highest Temp:  75 F 
Stats from the GPS:      Total Miles:  33.1
Overall average speed            Moving Avg               Max Speed
  5.7 MPH                               8.6 MPH                  38.7 MPH
Total Trip time                       Moving Time             Stopped Time
5 hours  48 mins                    3 hours 51 mins         1 hour 57 minutes

Short Windy

Tracking in the Blowing Wind

This ride took place 2 days ago, on Tuesday April 17.  Jazzy the Belly-Lap Dog rode with me to the Post Office and then a few miles further in a feeble attempt to get closer to 10 miles.  We didn't quite make it to 8  miles before deciding whichever direction we rode, the wind was too discouraging to deal with.
Nothing interesting appeared in the viewfinder on the GoPro either...

Ride Started: 12:06 PM    Ride Ended:  1:34 PM
Beginning Battery Voltage:   14.0   Ending Voltage: 13.1  Lowest:  12.5
Lowest Temp  64 F      Highest Temp:  69 F 
Stats from the GPS:      Total Miles:  7.69
Overall average speed            Moving Avg               Max Speed
  5.3 MPH                               7.1 MPH                  27.5 MPH
Total Trip time                       Moving Time             Stopped Time
  1 hour  20 mins                      1 hour 4 mins            16 minutes

Monday, April 6, 2015

Burning Easter Calories

Today's Tracking via APRS (GPS + Ham Radio)

Saturday and Sunday were Easter activities plus LDS General Conference , so we weren't able to find time to do any cycling. We did have a few people visiting our Redneck Castle (2 acres and a Double-Wide) Easter Sunday evening and that was certainly enjoyable.  Family and a couple of close friends to help me eat too much of Jacque's cooking.... Priceless.
However, the toll on my blood glucose readings was a bit high.  My BG barely got below 300 all during the 10-mile ride.  I must not have pumped enough insulin to cover breakfast this morning, since the BG was 117 last night when I went to bed and 97 at 3 in the morning and 137 or so when I awoke this beautiful morning.
The weather guessers were warning of possible high winds today and the early morning sky was red and unfriendly looking, but there was almost NO WIND and I decided to try to get rolling early enough to get done before any wind DID materialize.
I had to make a short detour to a good neighbors' house when I saw him out in his yard and hailed him.
Once I got rolling again the riding conditions were fabulous.....

Cruising with NO Wind Noise

Jacque was still at home with both doggies so I did not have the extra warmth of Jazzy tucked up against my belly.  Leaving her and Tink home reduces the complications of bike riding but they add a lot to the riding experience.  I don't get nearly as many admiring honks and waves without one or both of them....
By the time I got to the halfway turn-around point the wind had begun to huff and puff.  Not terribly so, but it did rock me side to side occasionally and slowed me down considerably coming back, even on the normally lean-back-and coast downhill stretches.
On the way back up our goat-path road from the pavement of Frost Road to our house, I noticed something crossing the road ahead of me out of the corner of my vision.  The GoPro didn't catch their road crossing but did get a fleeting view of them as I approached the scrub trees they were hiding behind.

Normally such deer run away much faster when encountering them in a motorized vehicle.  This is the first time I've encountered them when on the bike and they seemed curious about my contraption as I approached their hiding place and only took off when I was about 20 feet away from them.  We see more coyotes out here than deer, although we know the deer have a hideaway not far from here, since we occasionally see up to 6 of them strolling through our back yard.
I need to get out of bed and off my butt and ride this early, or earlier, more often.......

Ride Started: 8:29 AM    Ride Ended:  10:31 AM
Beginning Battery Voltage:   13.9   Ending Voltage: 13.2  Lowest:  12.5
Lowest Temp  57 F      Highest Temp:  67 F 
Stats from the GPS:      Total Miles:  10.98
Overall average speed            Moving Avg               Max Speed
  5.3 MPH                               7.5 MPH                  28.1 MPH
Total Trip time                       Moving Time             Stopped Time
2 hours  3 mins                      1 hour 27 mins           36 minutes

Friday, April 3, 2015

Close Encounters of the Blurred Kind

Today's Tracking
Jazzy and I went for a ride by ourselves today, on the recumbent 2-wheeler.  The weather was much calmer than yesterday, but a bit cooler as well.
We've had a vacant, years-neglected and never-finished house as a neighbor down the road from us for years.  The owner finally died without selling it and his grandchildren finally found a buyer, and he and his family are busily hauling out trash and hauling in materials for installing new interior, cabinets, etc, and generating a lot of neighboring noise and traffic.
This is the first of their vehicles I met on my way out this morning:

A Huge Trash Dumpster Truck

The road is a no-lane single passage goat-path, so I stopped and let him go by unmolested.  Lucky Him.

I encountered 3 more of the family's vehicles on the way back UP the hill toward home later on.  I got video of them too but will not bore you further, Dear Reader.
Beautiful riding weather today, just a bit too cool for me but not cool enough to stop and add a layer.
The almost total lack of wind, compared to yesterday and the two days previous, was wonderful.

Ride Started: 1:45 PM    Ride Ended:  3:43 PM
Beginning Battery Voltage:   14.2   Ending Voltage: 13.2  Lowest:  12.5
Lowest Temp  57 F      Highest Temp:  78 F 
Stats from the GPS:      Total Miles:  10.52
Overall average speed            Moving Avg               Max Speed
  5.2 MPH                               7.9 MPH                  29.1 MPH
Total Trip time                       Moving Time             Stopped Time
2 hours  1 min                       1 hour 19 mins           42 minutes

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Soloing on Tricycle Built for Two

The blessed wind was TERRIBLE today.  This, after it was terrible all night, repeatedly waking us up with the roof rattling and thumps and bumps from the wind gusts banging everything around on the deck outside.
If you want to ride a bike regularly in New Mexico you either must ride on windy days or you will not be riding regularly.  March was relatively calm this year but April has come in with nasty winds.
I wanted to ride but worried about getting blown back and forth on my two-wheeler recumbent.  So I decided to ride the tandem trike without my Sexy Stoker Jacque since she wasn't available.  The tandem trike is heavy but I've ridden it solo a couple of times before.  The tricycle configuration seemed to be a good idea to avoid sideswiping wind problems.  The biggest problem without Jacque in the stoker's seat is the lack of weight on the rear driving wheel and thus a lack of traction, usually only noticeable when pedaling over sandy or gravelly spots on the roadway, and even then, usually only uphill.
 I also had both Tinkerbell and Jazzy with me so they rode in their usual positions:  Tink in the rear basket over the rear wheel and Jazzy in the belly bag on me.
The wind was seemingly cold when I started so I started out with extra (light) layers to ward off the cold but almost instantly it got too warm, even with the wind, so the outer layers went into the basket with Tink.  It was warm enough the rest of the ride that I didn't regret it.
The howling wind was east-bound, right along with me, and gusted up and down in velocity all day.  At times I thought it was going to calm down totally and overheat us but it never happened, the wind continued to come and go..... mostly go go go.
Either the side-winds were not as bad as anticipated or the lower-slung trike did the trick so well I didn't notice any problems with swerving sideways.
This rig is noticeably heavier and slower than my 2-wheeler but we did OK.  I half expected to have to give up and turn around before I hit the halfway turnaround point, but with each hill topped, the motivation increased and I was able to keep going the old favorite 10-mile loop around Frost Road and Entranosa.
Coming back in the howling headwinds was less fun.... it is always a downer to have to pedal hard to maintain speed on downhill slopes that normally cause speeds to exceed the ability of my wrinkled legs to keep up.
Today's thrilling videos:

 Eastbound clip, wind at our backs

Westbound with wind in the face.....

Ride Started: 1:26 PM    Ride Ended:  3:52 PM
Beginning Battery Voltage:   13.4   Ending Voltage: 13.2  Lowest:  12.5
Lowest Temp  64 F      Highest Temp:  75 F 
Stats from the GPS:      Total Miles:  9.83
Overall average speed            Moving Avg               Max Speed
  4.5 MPH                               6.0 MPH                  27.7 MPH
Total Trip time                       Moving Time             Stopped Time
2 hours  12 mins                    1 hour 38 mins           34 minutes

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Blowing Through a Speed Trap!

Today's Tracking via APRS, GPS, and Ham Radio

I had a big plan today.  I had a document needing fax'ing and a bill payment needing posting, so I would use that for an excuse for a fairly long ride for my standards... all the way up to the Post Office, all the way down to Tijeras, east on Rt. 66 to Gutierrez Canyon Road, and then mostly north back home, for maybe 20+ miles total.
 Methought I had plenty of time for this sojourn, and arrived safe and sound at the Post Office.  I then rode on up to the Shell Station and by now it was close to 3:30 PM and I thought I ought to call the One Stop Office store and make sure they didn't close before I got there, all hot and sweaty and all that.  They said sure enough, they didn't close until 5:30, but then I cogitated in my mind and realized - best case - it would be almost dark by the time I got home.  I don't dig riding the roadways close to dark.  Been there, done that before several times, but I prefer daylight riding unless it's along the Bosque Trail in ABQ where there's no cars to worry about.  So we (Jazzy and I) decided to turn around and ride back around my "normal" short 10-mile loop, which in addition to the miles already done would result in 15 or so miles.
I actually remembered to take the GoPro today, but nothing of note happened.  The only slightly unusual thing I saw  was a County Sheriff Deputy manning a speed trap:
This was with me going uphill, didn't seem to trigger his speed detector-

I suppose I shoulda stopped and asked him what his radar said I was doing, to see if it was close to what my GPS there on the handlebars was reporting.  He could have been just napping, but this is at the bottom of a hill close to an intersection, and vehicles coming from behind him normally would not see him until too late.
It was also suspiciously close to coming-home time, a little after 5 PM, with lots of traffic providing a target-rich environment.
So, Yeah, he was clocking people.
He didn't even seem to look up as I passed slowly as I went up the hill, so I came home without a ticket.
No license plate, no insurance, that sort of thing.  Thankfully neither New Mexico nor Bernalillo County have sunk so low as to require such things for bicycles yet.

Ride Started: 2:11 PM    Ride Ended:  5:12 PM
Beginning Battery Voltage:   13.4   Ending Voltage: 13.1  Lowest:  12.7
Lowest Temp  71 F      Highest Temp:  84 F 
Stats from the GPS:      Total Miles:  16.3
Overall average speed            Moving Avg               Max Speed
  5.4 MPH                               8.5 MPH                  32.1 MPH
Total Trip time                       Moving Time             Stopped Time
3 hours                                  1 hour 54 mins           1 hour 6 minutes