Feeling just a little stiff after the Jemez Springs and beyond ride Thursday, the SOB Riders decided to loosen up the muscles on Saturday with a 50 miler out to Madrid and back. We departed from El Camino Real Academy on South Meadows to La Cienega, across Bonanza Creek Road to Highway 14, and into the wind (you would expect nothing less) for the rolling downhill trek to Madrid. Along the way we recruited a new SOB member… he qualifies with his gray and white hair!! Now we just need to get him a helmet!! At Highway 14/42 Junction, we picked up Rick Gordon coming back from Madrid on a long solo ride, and convinced him he needed a return trip to Madrid!!

In Madrid we descended on the Java Junction for much needed coffee and pastries, followed by the obligatory ride picture in front of the Old Boarding House Mercantile. No… we didn’t climb Stagecoach!! The ride back to Santa Fe was as expected… into the wind!! The 50 mile, 2,400 feet of climb ride ended at the Capital Cafe for lunch and nourishing refreshments!!



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