Thursday, July 13, 2006

Road Tripping Part II

I spent some time with my friend Mike. He is a really neat guy. His wife is a wonderful person as well. Mike is the recipient of a heart transplant. He looks great, and he is extremely happy to be alive! I like Mike! He should be an inspiration for everyone.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Road Tripping

I've been on the road since Wednesday. I spent a few days in Albuquerque and Corrales, NM. I spent one day mountain biking with friends in the Jemez mtns.

On Sunday, I headed west to Gallup, NM. On the way I got off the Interstate and drove to the "Rez" to say hello to some Navajo friends and a former student of mine. The grandmother remembered me as the beligana [sic] on the bike. She wanted to see my bike, so I had to pull it from the car's trunk. She enjoyed that. I still miss the rez. So quiet and beautiful out there...

In Gallup I stayed with a friend and we went mountain biking on the High Desert Trail system this morning. The smell of the sage brush and juniper trees was incredible! Lunch at Jerry's Cafe! Yeeha! Chile rellenos (red). Tasty!

I am now in Flagstaff, AZ visiting with an old friend and his wife. I havn't seen Steve in at least 6 or 7 years. He was hit by a truck in October and is currently a parapalegic (but improving daily). The guy is tough! Now he rides an "arm bike" which is an incredible piece of engineering made by Gary Helfrich (any cyclist should know who he is...).

Anyway, did another ride on the Flagstaff Urban Trail system this afternoon. Lots of fun! Alot different than the riding in Gallup in the morning. Today I really enjoyed my new Litespeed. Its a fun bike to ride.

Heading towards Phoenix tomorrow to see another friend, then back to Silver City.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Today I went hiking with my two nephews from Hawaii. We climbed Gomez Peak (about 7,200 ft.). They were hot and tired but seemed to enjoy the experience. I offered to take them to Sonic burger afterwards, but they wanted to go back to their grandmother's house. They didn't want to get spoiled by their uncle...go figure.

Mountain Biking

Went up to the SPC race course for some fun with friends. Geez Louise did they set a fast pace! I was the old man of the group and it showed. I brought up the rear the entire ride, but I still enjoyed myself.