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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Day 2 in Colorado Springs. Our plan was to ride an old railroad grade outside of town. When at the trail head putting the front wheel on my bike the axle nut strippped. I couldn’t come up with a fix so back to town we went to a bike shop to get a new nut. Once that was done we decided to just stay in town and ride the New Santa Fe Regional Trail from our hotel. This dirt trail goes north and takes you out of town passing through the Air Force Academy. Once back in town we had dinner at Trinity Brewing company. This was a fun trail.
We took off for Colorado as we do every few summers to escape the heat at home. We decided to first go to Colorado Springs as we’d only passed through before and never spent any time there. Doing a little research prior it looked like they had a nice trail system. This vacation also became a brewery tour. On the way to Colorado we stopped in Dodge City, KS and had a beverage at the new Dodge City Brewery.
In Colorado Springs we stayed at the Comfort Inn North which was right about where the Pikes Peak Greenway and the New Santa Fe Regional Trail meet. Together these trails/paths run across town North to South. The trail is literally right out the hotels back door. Awesome!
Day one in Colorado Springs we headed south which is the Pikes Peak Greenway. We rode it to the south end of town and then headed back north stopping downtown to check out a couple breweries (Fieldhouse & Phantom Ranch), eat lunch and explore.
As for the bike I took as I know some will wonder…
I was getting ready to put the bike I usually take on trips (my old Specialized hybrid) in to the truck to leave and noticed the rear wheel was out of true and then found a broken spoke. I didn’t have a replacement spoke and didn’t want to wait around home for a bike shop to open or have to deal with it out of town, so I just grabbed the only other bike I have that has multiple gears which was this mutant. I was really pleased with how well it did considering it’s a cheap bike that I’ve hacked and welded on. About a week prior I had to replace the 7 speed freewheel on the bike as the old one fell apart. My bike shop gave me a used one which just happen to have the big jump to the 1st gear which I believe Shimano calls the Mega Range Super Low and what I call the “bail out” gear. Being only a 7 speed this really came in handy later in the trip when we did some climbing.
On to the video and photos…
The first video is of our travel day, the second is the ride.