Saturday: Today we headed out for the Jemez Dam Ride* - a 65 mile out and back through the picturesque Rio Grande Valley, then back through Corrales and then back home (route here). We were 15 strong as we headed out of O'Neill's early, and picked up another 4 riders as we headed out 313 heading north. After our first rally in Bernalillo, we surprisingly picked up an additional 2 riders represented by the Los Alamos contingent of the team (more on them later) just before heading up to the dam.
Or rather, tried to head up to the dam. Last summer the ride was cut short by a gate and guard who informed us that a dispute between the Pueblo and the Corp of Engineers had closed the road. I hoped for the best this year, but this year they actually closed more of the road. Boo! Need to find a new route for next year.
|At the aborted attempt to ride to top.|
After this we headed out into Breaking Bad vistas for the 20 mile loop out through the dusty high desert before heading back into the valley near Corrales. The biggest surprise of the ride was the impromptu stop at the wonderful Hardy house just before our traditional refuel stop. We were treated to fresh baked cookies and plenty of water.
At this point the group split into two, with the first group (those who didn't get cookies) rolled on just before the second group caught up to them. The second group had two flat tires in the space of about 5 miles which delayed them significantly. But all arrived safely at back at the ride start where a few stayed for a post ride brunch at O'Neill's. The captain is happy to report that the Bloody Mary's are as delicious this summer as last!
*Dam not included.
|Headed up the tram spur|
|Regrouping at Tramway before heading home. We missed you Gary!|