Headed out this a.m. for Pinos Altos, NM. It's just over 8 miles from our house to the top of the climb at Pinos Altos. From the intersection of Rt. 180 and Rt. 15, it is a climb...about 6 miles to the top, with the last segment, of course, being the most challenging...about 7/8ths of a mile+ and it's relatively steep. Last time I did this with Eileen, I was gasping at the top of the last segment to the top. That's when I thought of the idea of purchasing a grave site at the top so Eileen could just toss my body into it when I collapsed and died at the top. Today was better. Breathing hard, no doubt, but the climb was significantly better. I'm happy. Getting back into riding shape is always difficult. Realizing that I'm as out of shape as I am is more difficult to admit to. As long as I keep at it and keep mixing up the rides, I'll be back in shape soon enough. Not as quickly as I did when I was younger, but soon enough.
Didn't sleep well again last night, so I had more of a struggle getting out of bed and getting on the road. Today was going to be a long ride again. Since I headed out later than I had planned on, I elected to do a shorter, but harder ride. Tomorrow, I'll head out Rt. 90 again and do another 40+ miles. A real plus, I've dropped about 10lbs, too. Got to keep at it...
Here's a photo of the fire near Glenwood, the Whitewater-Baldy Complex Fire...a humorous photo, if that's the right choice of words for this situation. Gets the point across, eh? My friend, Andrew Rivas, sent this to me.
|Near Glenwood, NM|
A tune to exit with today. Neil Young, IMHO, is one of the legendary rockers who has stayed true to the music...and gotten better over the years. "Rockin' in the Free World" by Neil Young.