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Over the river & thru the woods, or,how I got to summer camp(28 posts)

Over the river & thru the woods, or,how I got to summer camptheBreeze
Jun 23, 2003 7:44 AM
My kids go to camp for a week about 50 miles and over the mountains from home here in northern New Mexico. On the Sundays that we pick up and drop off I take advantage the free ride home and ride over to camp. (Thanks, honey.) Last Sunday I happened to be with a group, so I this Sunday I took my time and snapped some photos.

Bear with me, this is my first photo report.

6:45 AM in the Rio Grande river valley north of Santa Fe.
"Across the Rio Grandee-o..."theBreeze
Jun 23, 2003 7:55 AM
The low point on the route, about 5,400 ft. For thenext 20 miles it's all uphill. Up the mesas to Los Alamos, then over the mountains. It tops out at just over 9,000 ft.
didn't know you rode a Gunnar, that makes 4 in New Mexico nmterry b
Jun 23, 2003 10:06 AM
Headed up the first mesa.theBreeze
Jun 23, 2003 7:58 AM
The road had climbed steadily since the river. This is the first steeper pitch, 7%, and about a mile.
Second Mesa.theBreeze
Jun 23, 2003 8:03 AM
I get a half mile break after the first climb before this one starts. The road curves around the point in the right of the pic and continues up. About 2 miles total.
Cerro Grande burn area, Los AlamostheBreeze
Jun 23, 2003 8:06 AM
The east face of the mountains above town burned in the Cerro Grande Fire.
Headed west out of town.theBreeze
Jun 23, 2003 8:09 AM
Still going uphill...man it never stops.
Mile 20. Over the mountainstheBreeze
Jun 23, 2003 8:15 AM
Elevation is about 7,200 ft. here. The next 3.5 miles climbs to 9,000.
The camp is 5 miles north of Jemez Springs, so I've got 28 miles to go.
First switchback.theBreeze
Jun 23, 2003 8:19 AM
Three tight hairpin turns. They are real fun during a weekday when the logging trucks are rolling.
"How did the road get up there?"theBreeze
Jun 23, 2003 8:23 AM
This is gonna hurt...
Burn recovery areatheBreeze
Jun 23, 2003 8:27 AM
This is about 2 miles from the top. The road winds in a out of burned area. It's been three years since the fire, lots of grass, roses, oak and aspen moving in.
Looking at the toptheBreeze
Jun 23, 2003 8:31 AM
Nearly there. From the top the road levels out, drops into a small canyon and then tops out again at about the same elevation.
The payoff.theBreeze
Jun 23, 2003 8:35 AM
Wee-hoooo! Droping down into the Valle Grande.
Valles Caldera National PreservetheBreeze
Jun 23, 2003 8:39 AM
Until two years ago this area was a private ranch. It is about 88,900 acres in one of the largest volcanic calderas in the world. Unbelievably beautiful area.
The road goes ever on.theBreeze
Jun 23, 2003 8:43 AM
Headed west from the Valle. About 22 miles left. The route is rollers with a net loss of elevation. There are two or three good hills left, just to remind you you're mortal.
Finally on the west side.theBreeze
Jun 23, 2003 8:46 AM
Looking out to the west side of the mountains. Pretty much downhill from here.
Jemez CanyontheBreeze
Jun 23, 2003 8:50 AM
This is going south down Jemez Canyon. I've probably dropped to around 6,000 ft. elevation here. Just a couple more miles to the camp.
Arrival.theBreeze
Jun 23, 2003 8:55 AM
Here's the camp. My son is the kid in the center with the basketball.

Thanks for your attention.
Hummingbird?terry b
Jun 23, 2003 10:05 AM
Yep. nmtheBreeze
Jun 23, 2003 10:15 AM
My daughter went there in '98 - great place. nmterry b
Jun 23, 2003 11:19 AM
That was great, thanks for the ride! nm.jeff27
Jun 23, 2003 9:08 AM
Great report.Dave Hickey
Jun 23, 2003 9:36 AM
We don't see too many NM ride reports. Thanks for the excellent report.
Nice report!noveread
Jun 23, 2003 10:19 AM
Thanks for the great report! Between your report and mine just above, folks can see two very different parts of the country!

Noveread
Beautiful. (nm)PseuZQ
Jun 23, 2003 11:01 AM
re: Over the river & thru the woods, or,how I got to summer campmobil1
Jun 23, 2003 11:52 AM
thanks for the report... my legs are still burning
Kinda off topic, how is that LBS named Sun Mountain Bike Shopabicirider
Jun 23, 2003 3:46 PM
Just curious the shop got a full write up in the latest edition of Bicycle Retailer and industry news the owner Toni Rael seems like a real down to eart guy.

Great ride report love that kinda of riding wish I was there.
Be Safe Out On The Roads!!!!!!!
Ray Still
Mooresville, NC
Never heard of it. Where is it? (nm)theBreeze
Jun 23, 2003 6:58 PM