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Mountain Bike Ride El Malpais: We are a go!

We are meeting Saturday (tomorrow) morning, March 15 at 7:30 and leaving at 7:45ish barring weather.  We will(~100 miles each way) take in some beautiful scenery and moderately difficult mountain bike ride approximately 9 miles up and back adjacent to the El Malpais National Monument near Grants, NM.  Call Horacio (I also go by Sam) at[masked] if you have any questions.

This might not be the right ride if it is your first time on a mountain bike.  Skill level is beginner to beginner/intermediate with moderate, intermittent climbs but regardless.. if you are up for it no one gets left behind.  Trail is double track (4wd road) departing from the El Calderone parking lot (bathrooms, parking, picnic tables) which is approximately 30 miles south of Grants, NM on state road 53 (south of McDonalds)  Ride will take 3-4 hours at a leisurely pace.  Great place to take your lunch, go for a bike ride and possibly see deer, elk, turkey and black bears.  (I have seen them all at one time or another)

I can take 1 or 2 passengers in my pickup including bikes but better to car pool because of the distance. 

If you do go, please remember to bring water (camelback works best) but at least a couple of water bottles.  Also dry clothing change in case it is wet.  Also powerbar, or some type of energy food.  Something for lunch not a bad idea.

Plan is to gather at 1909 Carlisle (my office) and leave from there.  Mitigating factors might be weather related (not that I am expecting much rain or snow).

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  • Debbie

    Great ride, not too hard, NOT TOO EASY! Thanks Sam

    March 16, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I agree - definitely NOT too easy!! Had a great

      March 16, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      ... Had a great time and really enjoyed meeting you both!

      March 16, 2014

  • horacio

    We had a great time. I underestimated the distance by 12 miles. 8 miles ended up being 20+ miles. Oh well we all made it none the whose for wear. :)

    March 15, 2014

  • horacio

    Scott we'll miss you...there will be other rides. Maybe White Mesa next time. Intermediate and some sections advanced sections. Be well. Sam

    March 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Last minute cancellation, bike brakes needed work and didn't get it picked up in time. Bummed.

    March 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm coming from Los Lunas/Belen and meeting the group at the ride point. I have room for one more person if anyone from this area needs a ride.

    March 14, 2014

  • horacio

    I can carry 2-3 bikes in the bed of my pickup and I have a receiver-hitch mounted bike rack so I can carry 3 bikes on that... so 5-6 bikes total. My Pickup seats 2 in the front seat or 3 if I lift the center console and I can squeeze 2 more diminutive people in the back seat. So I think we have enough transportation available for people and bikes. Make sure and bring water and whatever you want to eat, fruit, power bars, old stale french fries (just kidding), etc. Sunscreen not a bad idea.

    March 14, 2014

  • Debbie

    if there Still a chance i can catch a ride with someone?

    March 13, 2014

  • Kathy T.

    Would love to go but I am finishing up a class on Saturdays through March.

    February 25, 2014

    • horacio

      Kathy, the season is young! I'm sure we'll be going up again later in the summer. Great time to visit the lava caves for the bat flight at dusk.

      February 25, 2014

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