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Silver City, NM, United States
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Sunday, June 10, 2012


Headed out this a.m. on the Silvio for parts unknown.  Not really, but it sounded good.  Took off for Bayard, NM, this morning.  It's about12 miles from Silver City, NM, and, on a Sunday morning, traffic is not bad on Rt. 180.  It is mostly rollers until past Hurley, NM, which is a few miles south of Bayard, off of Rt. 180.  Bayard, NM, is the "hub of the mining district"...copper mining.  Here are some photos.  It is one of the largest open pit mines in the world.  Definitely a detraction from the beauty around here.  The mine provides employment for a lot of people.  The photos don't do the mine justice, if that's the appropriate word for the size of this mine.  It's similar for those folks who have seen photos of the Grand Canyon, but haven't stood on the rim and looked in awe at its size.  Well, this isn't as big, nor as beautiful, as the Grand Canyon, but the size is HUGE.  Until you stand on the edge of the mine and look into it, you cannot imagine its size.  It actually used to be a town, Santa Rita.  The mining company bought the town.  Yes, BOUGHT the town...and then demolished it.
Santa Rita Open Pit Mine

The tires on these vehicles are
as tall as I am!
A view of the entire mine
Fortunately, I wasn't riding on Rt. 152, which goes right by the mine, and was heading into Bayard, where I turned around and headed back home.  At the Ft. Bayard National Monument, I turned and rode around the old Fort.  It was established in 1866 and named for Maj. Gen. George Bayard, who lead the Union Calvary at Fredicksburg, VA, under Gen. Burnside.  He was killed there and several forts were named after him, including this one.  While riding around the fort, I realized that I had filled my water bottles and left them home.  Like a buck for every time I've done that.  So, stopped at a Valero mini-store and got some water, then headed home into the headwind.   Surprisingly, the Silvio handles better in a headwind because of the aerodynamics of the recumbent frame.  I didn't have to fight the wind as much to keep moving ahead.  Overall, I was doing well on the bike.  Climbing, control, riding straight, shifting, comfort....all went well today.  Light at the end of the tunnel appeared brighter today.  I like that.

Tomorrow, off for a longer ride where I can practice coming downhill, and what goes with that...climbing, using a technique I read about on the forum.  Push against the handlebars and the back of the seat for more control.  Worked well today on the rollers.

Tune to go with ... an old favorite of mine, "The Weight", sung by Gillian Welch and The Old Crow Medicine Show in London.