Jason's week centered on mountain bike riding in various locales, but with a mix of other activities: an Isotopes baseball game followed by fireworks, movies - Kung Fu Panda 2 and Cars 2, church, another wedding (Connie Lacy's daughter, Melissa, who also married a Joey), the Rio Grande Nature Center, Putt-Putt, fast food, ice cream, and TV. Summer vacation and retirement have a lot in common.
The best riding, we thought, was irrigation-ditch bank riding in the north valley. You've got shade, bumps, roots, and narrow spots, but generally flat terrain, interesting backyard views, and the ever-present challenge of not riding into a tree or the ditch.
Fire danger meant that national forest trails were closed, but we rode the Arroyo del Oso trail in Albq and the foothills trail along the west side of the Sandias. Most days started with a ride from the house to the subdivision gate to get the paper with a few loops through the neighborhood. We had a great time. Next year will be even better.
I'll be flying Jason home to Cary, NC this weekend, then nephew Sterling arrives Monday evening and we'll soon be off Tuzigooting to Creede and Westcliffe, CO through most of July. Stay tuned.
Rob and Susie