I only eat Fig Newtons once during the year, and it is on this ride. Usually I can do with out but they have them for the food stops and they are appealing. At least for the first couple of stops.
I met up with my friend Richard again this year to ride the Santa Fe century. If you remember from last year our hero had to quit at mile 76 or so with tire failure so I owed the ride, such as it is, a complete ride, the full monty, the total enchilada,.....well, you get the idea.
Joining the fun this year was childhood friend Mike Monroney. We met again through the amazement of Facebook and he has always wanted to ride a century ride so here was the chance. Holy Crap, 40 years since we had last seen each other. We were pretty good buddies back then goofing around in the neighborhood and then we went on a bike tour together when we were in Junior High up to Estes Park and RMNP. That is a whole other story and blog. Crazy!! We picked right up as if it had been 40 days instead of years. What a blast.
Off we go on the ride.
This was Richard after two blocks, waiting at our meet-up spot for Mike.
We started pretty early to try and beat the wind that always comes up for this ride as the day gets into the afternoon..
A nice cloud cover to start the day which keeps it cool and no sun baking my brain.
Another year and I did not break my heart on Heartbreak Hill!!
These cactus plants were in bloom. They always look like little mini Christmas trees, except a little more prickly!!
Mike is still pretty enthusiastic after 70 plus miles!!
All in all a great weekend of cycling, friends new and old, good food and beer, good summer weather.
Thanks for reading, everybody have a good rest of the week!!