Hah, so much for the day by day recap of our trip. I got crazy busy over the past few weeks. Lots of good things going on, running and cycling are really coming along well. I’m pretty happy.
So here’s a brief break down since last post.
The rest of our New Mexico mad dash. Everything went very well. The remainder of the trip highlights …
- Breakfast to Nellie’s Cafe in Las Cruces. I would drive all the frack down there just to eat there again. Green chili mecca!
- The White Sands Missile Museum. Very, very eerie out there. Definitely the kind of place where you would want to blow things up.
Totally the kind of place my dad would have taken us
- Alamgordo and The World’s Largest Pistachio. We spent way too much time here. Lots of fun people to talk to and lots of pistachio goodness to eat. Unfortunately, this put us way off track.
I love my silly family
- My freak out drive to Carlsbad Carlsbad. We arrived five minutes after the last elevator to the bottom. I almost cried. But people are good. Very, very good. They took us down anyhow. I really did cry. The kids loved the caverns.
In a hole in the ground there lived ... us.
- The Blue Swallow Motel - by night. We got in very late. The room was delightful. The kids crashed as soon as we got there. Susan and I sat up drinking gimlets and laughing our butts off.
True rotary Ma Bell from 1938. Still works!!
- The Blue Swallow Motel - by day. Had a wonderful time talking with all the Route 66 pilgrims staying there. Lots of great stories as to why they were there. The owners were delightful people. I wish there was time to stay longer.
Chillin' at The Blue Swallow!
- Fantastic breakfast at a diner on 66 and a long drive home. A GREAT trip.
Time to go home
The kids were wonderful. We made it through ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ and they loved it - SCORE!! Uneventful drive home and the beauty of sleeping in one’s own bed, again.
Next week I went up to The Manitou Incline with a bunch of my buddies. It snowed the day before so we were dubious. But the trail was in good shape with just a little ice. The weather was gorgeous and the trail was vertical hell - just what we needed. 2100 elevation gain in less than a mile. Ouch. The rest of the girls wanted to break trail (6 inches of snow at the top) and run further up. But I had hopped into a half marathon last minute for the upcoming weekend and didn’t want to wear out my legs. So, I thoroughly enjoyed the solo 2.5 mile downhill run along The Barr Trail and had to head back home early for Girl Scouts.
Last weekend was The Platte River Half Marathon. I decided to run this one for training, I needed 18 for the day. Nice and flat, just a short drive from home. Better yet, I just got a new running kilt in my family’s colors. Decided to take it for a test drive.
I found Cynthia before the start and had a quick visit with her. No race breakdown to share. I kept it easy and slow and had a very nice training run. Nothing more. Just right. And no issues with the kilt, it was great to run on. I decided this will be my New York gear!
Post race, I kept it quick. Found the beer and some time to visit with friends. Then had to hustle home to the family.
|Gu and beer - the breakfast of champions|
This week has been lovely. Found some free time and have been spending lots of time of my bike. I’m romancing a gorgeous Cannondale on Craigslist that I’m trying to get the owner down a bit on. Come on, I want it!!!! Fingers crossed.