I can’t say much about my weekend. Well, I can say that I had a very long ride with….myself. I logged 66.4 miles, a few short of my 70 mile estimate. That’s OK. I road Loop #2 of the San Ysidro Dirty Century (SYDC) and the clockwise loop at White Mesa. It was a good ride.
I had some exciting moments. The Rio Puerco was basically a muddy torrent near the BLM1113 and CR279 intersection. I committed to the adventure and executed a B.P.R. approved crossing of the ‘ripping rio’. Lucky for me there was a concrete slab submerged 5″ below the surface. So, in the end, there was no need to worry about a potential face plant in the murky, raging Rio Puerco.
I did make one wrong turn. Turns out I took a private tour through a herd of cattle grazing near a ‘farmhouse’, if you want to call it that. No one chased me off, no one shot at me. So all is cool.
I think I’m fairly well prepared for the 123 mile SYDC. I logged some decent miles in the last month, considering the weather. But as we all know, it doesn’t matter how you feel on the Tuesday before the big race. It’s how you feel during the race.
Cabezon Peak, from the west, i.e., looking east
The Black Sheep Highlight and the Open Range, well the open range with barbed wire!
(Nothing like a southwestern barbed wire fence, keep the cows in and the hooligans out!)
Another view of Cabezon Peak, from the south
Below is the Google Earth plot, the GPS data and a few B.P.R. interviews. Hopefully Tedd and Tim ride a section of the SYDC. I could use the company and it’s always good to have someone tag along in case of a random disaster or mechanical problem. I’ll survive, either way.
A short interview on the east side of Cabezon Peak. Spectacular country. Believe it or not.
Some random thoughts. New Term = SSTS.
A few comments during the long drive home Sunday night.