Some of us are doing the Villanueva ride this Thursday. Many members did not do this ride this year for various reasons and some new members have never done this ride. It is a favorite that goes along the Pecos River and passes rural farms. Head east on I-25 past Pecos, and take exit #323, it may say Rt 3, or Ribera. After you exit, stay right for a few hundred feet and you will see a dirt parking lot on the left near the frontage road. The distance from DeVargas to the exit is 45 miles, so allow about an hour travel time (+/-) depending where you live. The ride distance is 27 miles round trip to Villanueva State Park, mostly slight to moderate downhill going out, 1300′ elevation gain, so not bad. See GPS link below. Depending on who comes there may be two groups; the Relaxed Riders, and the Real Relaxed Riders. (The Real Relaxed Riders generally see no need to pedal furiously on a downhill greater than -3%).

Alan K


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