In A Minute – Ride For A Beverage

Last couple of days we’ve had wind near 30 mph with gusts in the 40s so I’ve been hiding out at home. Today the wind was not nearly as bad and we took advantage of that.

Bluz Cruz

Yesterday we participated in a group ride. It was a short ride along the river on pre 1970 bikes with a stop for refreshments at a club member’s house. Was a nice time. The ride is modeled and named after a monthly ride that takes place in Denver.



For this ride I drug my old Western Flyer skiptooth from the basement, regreased the hubs, oiled the chain and swapped out the tires. The other tires were original and cracked pretty badly.

Riding Santa Fe New Mexico

Our final day riding this trip was in Santa Fe, New Mexico. We stayed at a Holiday Inn Express on Cerrillos road which was just across the arroyo from the Arroyo De Los Chamisos trail. We rode this trail northeast to where it connects to the Santa Fe rail trail and then rode the Santa Fe trail south to within 2 miles of the trails end before turning around. The Santa Fe rail trail runs alongside a railroad and is paved in town and turns to dirt at the edge of town. On our return trip we rode the Santa Fe trail beyond where it connects with the arroyo trail to visit the Second Street Brewery which is right on the Santa Fe trail. After veggie pitas and a beer we headed back to our hotel making one more stop a mile shy of our hotel at the Blue Corn brewery.
It had rained hard the night prior to the ride but the arroyo which we rode/pushed our bikes across and the dirt trail were dry.
This was our 2nd time riding this trail, the first back in 2004.

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Riding Tucson Arizona Day 2

Day 2 in Tucson we rode North on the path, the opposite direction of the day before. We rode till it connected with another path heading East and took it. The paths were extremely busy on this Sunday which made it difficult for sight-seeing so we opted to move to the streets and ended up in the downtown area once again for lunch and beverages. Downtown was a festive place being that it was All Souls Day which we knew nothing about prior to our arrival. We then rode over to watch the All Souls Procession before returning back to the hotel.
The breweries we checked out were Crooked Tooth and Public. Lunch was at Fired Pie which we were happy to find had a non-dairy cheese. From what we experienced, Tucson is a really bike friendly city.

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Riding Tucson Arizona Day 1

We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express on Grant street right alongside the Diamond Street Loop trail.

Day 1 we rode South on the path to it’s end point where we turned around. We stopped downtown for lunch and beverages and spent some time exploring by foot before returning to our hotel. Around 20 miles total riding.
Lunch was a jackfruit torta and a hummus and veggie sandwich for Nova at Even Stevens. Pueblo Vida, Thunder Canyon and Borderlands were the breweries we visited.

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The day prior to this ride was a travel day and when we arrived in Tucson we drove through the Saguaro National Forest. After, we realized we could have ridden our bikes through the park which would have been fun. Here’s a Facebook Live video I did while there.

Riding Phoenix Arizona

We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express in Peoria which was right on the the New River Trail. From there we rode down to the Skunk River Trail and then on to the Arizona Canal Path. For being an urban path we thought it was pretty enjoyable. Most times you are riding alongside a canal but at one point the path along with a park are down in the drainage canal (river?). We rode to the other side of Scottsdale and then back stopping twice at O.H.S.O brewing right on the canal path where we split a veggie burger and sampled a couple of their beers. Food and beer were both good.

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Riding In Albuquerque

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.

Photos from the 2 days in no particular order.

Mineral Belt Trail – Colorado

Our final ride in Colorado was the Mineral Belt Trail, a favorite of ours. It’s about 12 miles of paved path that takes you around the edge of Leadville and through all of it’s mining history. Following the ride as is our tradition we ate at the Golden Burro. We also checked out Periodic Brewing the (world’s highest craft brewery) and the historic Silver Dollar Saloon and the Manhattan.

Ten Mile Canyon Trail – Colorado

Our 4th ride on this trip was the Ten Mile Canyon Trail. We rode from Frisco up to Copper Mountain where we waited out rain before heading back. Back in Frisco we had lunch at the Moose Jaw and then headed towards Breckenridge. We got about halfway before a storm chased us back.

Williams Peak – Colorado

After 2 days in Colorado Springs we headed for the familiar territory of Summit County. Our first ride was Williams Peak. I would call this a jeep road. 25 or so years ago my Dad and I rode this from it’s start at the highway up about 5 miles and back. This time Nova and I drove 6 miles up before starting our ride. We thought we’d be riding along the top or ridge but we still encountered quite a bit of climbing and the road seemed to be getting worse. We turned around when we started to do more pushing than riding. A fairly short but beautiful ride.

The first video is of our travel day, the 2nd video the ride.