The first ride of our Fall vacation was in Albuquerque, NM. Our hotel (Holiday in Express old town) was real close to the path system. Day 1 we caught the nearest path and took it to the Paseo del Bosque trail which runs along the Rio Grande River. To our surprise their was a charity ride (Day of The Tread) happening on the trail. We joined in the ride but didn’t make use of the sag stops and other perks. We did go to the rides end point and purchased a couple t-shirts to help their cause. After that we rode more of the trail and around town stopping for a beverage at Monk’s Corner Brewery and eating at Cocina Azul. Rode about 35 miles.
Day 2 in Albuquerque we trucked the bikes to Fiesta Park and rode the canal trail out and back for a total of about 16 miles. A nice trail but not a lot to see. That evening from the hotel we rode a few miles to Tractor and Rio Bravo breweries for beer and food at the latter.
The big city held it’s first Open Streets event yesterday. 4 miles of the city’s east/west main street was closed to motor vehicle traffic. We met up with friends from our bike club at our usual meeting place which was at one end. From there we rode to the other end and back with stops along the way for food and beverage. I rode the some what tall bike which everyone seemed to enjoy. I even made special stops to demonstrate how I get on and off whenever someone would ask.
This year was the second for the Pedaler’s Jamboree in Iowa and our first. This year it took place on the Wabash Trace Nature Trail between the towns of Mineola and Shenandoah. The ride is a little longer and more elevation change than the Katy. As always we opted to stay at a motel in town vs camping. Not quite the participation and party as Missouri but still a great time.
We’ve ridden this trail once before back in 2007.
Last night in celebration of bike month our town and it’s bicycle advisory group that I’m on, hosted a short ride with the Mayor and gave away a bike and prizes afterward. A pretty good turn-out for this 2nd year event.
Yesterday we attended our club”s first Be My VELOntine ride. We met up at for food and drink and deposited valentines and candy into decorated boxes we had attached to our bikes. We then rode to another bar where we emptied the contents of our boxes to see what we had gotten. It was a really fun time and everyone seemed to enjoy it.
Last Sunday Nova, myself and our Daughter hosted our city”s first Cranksgivng. If you”re not familiar, Cranksgiving is basically a bike ride and canned food drive. Each participant received a manifest which had a list of stores from where to purchase a non-perishable food item. You then ride at your own pace and route to hit as many of the stores on the manifest as can or care to and return by a set time. There wasn”t a big turnout probably due to being a first time event and being a little chilly and real windy. Everything went well other than one of the stores was closed for some odd reason. I think everyone enjoyed it and we”ll probably do it again next year. 15 of us participated and gathered over 60 food items which were donated to a local food bank. We provided a few prizes, and cookies after the ride and then went to a near-by brewery to celebrate our accomplishments. Hard to believe but I only took 1 photo all day and that was a Geocouch score. Here are a few photos that friends took.
Over this past weekend we took a road trip to Pleasant Hill, Missouri to attend Buddy”s Cycle Fest which is a show & swap. Following the show and swap we all rode a nice gravel trail a couple miles out of town to the city lake and back. Upon our return we were treated to a bbq. We both had a good time and found Pleasant Hill to be a nice little town. We learned that the town is at one end of Missouri”s new Rock Island trail which is currently under development.