Tuesday, September 6, 2016
New Mexico 165
Checked the cameras (60D, T1i, & S95 - Canon) and loaded them into the car. Stopped into Weck's for breakfast. I have discovered Weck's "Nana's Value meals". Smaller meal and good priced. Had french toast, sausage, and coffee.
From Bernalillo, I crossed I-25 and headed up NM 165. As I drove through the town of Placitas, I though "another day I will have to take time to scope out this town". I saw several cyclist climbing the mountain. Too much for me!
From the photo taken as I climbed out of the valley (see above), I was excpecting the top of the summit would be in the clouds.
At the edge of Placitas, the road pavement ends. I was taking my time, enjoying the beautiful day and scenery. Soon, the road got very rough. At time, I was unable to make more than 5 mph. The road winds up the Northeast side of Sandia Mountain. As climbing, the road was getting narrower and the brush/trees closer to the road.
I took my time. Stopped many time to shoot photos. At one time, a cyclist on a cross bike rolled up the road past me as I was stopped to get a shot.
Being the monsoon season, the wild flowers were abundant along the road. A couple times, the cyclist and I leap-frogged passing each other on the road. At one point, the road came clost to the edge of the mountain and we were rewarded with a view of the valley. Took the time to get a photo of the cyclist and get his e-mail so that I could send him the photo, He was visiting from Dallas.
At the end of the gravel, I turned up the mountain to Sandia Peak. As expected, the peak was socked in with the clouds. As I headed down the mountain, the cyclist friend and others were continuing climbing to the peak.
Down the mountain, I learned the mountain road I was driving is called "Balsam Glade Scenic Byway". I headed south on NM14 to I-40. On west to Under and North to Rio Rancho and home. Photos from the drive can be seen on my web site. http://www.tomwinfield.com/new-mexico/nm165.html
Since I had started at dawn, I was back at the house before noon. Processed my photos and took a nap. I was getting thirsty so dressed again and headed out to the local VFW post for a pint or two of Amber Ale. The beer is good and inexpensive ($2.50) but don't think I will spending a lot of time there for a beer. Being a private club, the smoke was terrible. On the packed bar, I was sitting with a guy smoking a cigar, which he had a habit of aiming right at me,