Hagen Loop

Soundtrack: The Nearness of You
I was lucky to be shown the long way around the Sandia Mountains today.  First we headed north along the Rio Grande to the San Felipe Pueblo.  Then east on a dirt road past the ghost town of Hagen.  We emerged on La Madera road and reconnected with the Turquoise Trail and continued around back to town.  Here’s a map.

Looking north from near La Madera at the snow capped Sangre de Cristo.  More of that to come.

Looking north from near La Madera at the snow capped Sangre de Cristo. More of that to come

We road past wild horses on the rangelands between Albuquerque and Santa Fe

We rode past wild horses on the rangelands between Albuquerque and Santa Fe

traveling by bicycle is an awesome way to experience this incredible countryside

Traveling by bicycle is an awesome way to experience this incredible countryside

Today I felt no inclination to ride quickly.  I just wanted to sit back and enjoy it all.  Sometimes I tend to rush through things but today I was happy in the here and now.

It was mild today with temperatures warming to the low 60's, warm in the sun, cool in the shade

It was mild today with temperatures warming to the low 60’s, warm in the sun.  There was lots of sunshine

the dirt road climbs sharply just before La Madera

The road climbs sharply just before La Madera

nearly 20 miles of dirt and most was navigable except for a few spots of loose sand.  I hear you can ride this route all winter long

Nearly 20 miles of dirt and most was navigable except for a few spots of loose sand

seeing is believing

Seeing is believing

The road bike builds intimate connections between riders and places.  There are not many barriers or screens between us and the world when we are riding a bike.  Being in the open air is simply exhilarating.

road bikes are such versatile and tough machines

Road bikes are such versatile and tough machines.  Add a little dirt and we’ll adapt

wild horses ranging on the north side of the Sandia

Wild horses ranging on the north side of the Sandia.  They know way more than we do about this place

we whisper to humans on these rides like we gently speak to horses gently, its ok, you can do it, come along, and we listen to our animal senses that help us find our way in the world

We speak to ourselves on these rides like we whisper to horses, its ok, you can do it, come along, gently now

It seems paradoxical to be so at ease on a bicycle in a far away and remote place but that’s how I feel when I give myself up to the adventure.  The self reliance and freedom bicycling involves brings a relaxed sense of security.  To know the shape of the day and the landscape so intimately are gifts indeed.

Love La Madera

Loving La Madera

a classic long ride starting from home in Albuquerque with an awesome group

A classic long ride starting and ending from home in Albuquerque through the austere high desert

divine

Spending time on a bicycle out here gives rise to the notion that the days can be gods

 

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