Highway 60 Clean-Up On Wednesday
It's that time again, time to pick up the litter on our adopted
stretch of Highway 60. Meet at 5:30PM on May 14th at the
bottom of Sedillo Hill (west of mile marker 129). The highway
department provides garbage sacks, and they pick them up; we just
have to fill them. Bring gloves; we'll provide the water. We'll
work until 7:30PM or so.
Recent Activities Keep SSR Busy
It's been an active past few weeks for us, including the start up
of the Socorro Hash House Harriers, and the bike picture rally
last weekend. Our second hash started at Robert's house again,
this time with ten hashers on a trail laid our earlier by
Papa. His trail took us throught streets, roads, trails, and even
a cemetery before finishing at Papa's house for refreshments. Just
about everybody got to lead the pack at least once. The next hash,
maybe with a live hare, will be held in June; stay tuned.
The bike picture rally was an unusual event, adapted from similar
events held by car clubs. Four teams of riders, a total of nine,
met at the Socorro Plaza on Saturday for instructions from
Robert. We received a rally packet of instructions and several
photos, taken at stops from a tour through Socorro. Each photo had
M Mountain in the background as a point of reference. The riders
had to follow the same tour route. The game was to find the chalk
drawings Robert placed on the streets along the way and to be able
to identtify them at the end of the rally. It turned out that the
drawings were symbols for heavenly bodies of the solar system;
some teams found most of them, one team missed most of them, and no
one found them all. On the other hand, everybody enjoyed it so
much that we're considering adding a bike rally to the schedule
for the Fat Tire Fiesta.
May 12-16 Is Bike-to-Work Week
May is National Bike Month,
next week (May 12-16) is National Bike-to-Work Week, and May
16th is National Bike-to-Work day. The recent spike in
fuel prices should remind everyone that prices are tied to Mid-East
political stability. Conservation is a hard thing, but real change
has to start at the grassroots level, and that's us. So get that
commuter bike out and use it!
Jay Benson Triathlon Sunday
Another one of the best short course triathlons in the state is
coming up on Sunday, the Jay Benson Triathlon. This event is
hosted by SSR's good friend (and member) Barry Field of TRICLUB
New Mexico on Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque. The race starts with a
flat 5K run, continues with a mostly flat 20K bike on the quiet
roads of the base, and finishes with a 400 meter pool
swim. There's also a kid's race afterward. Visit http://www.poppyfield.com/triclub
for details, and we'll see you on Sunday!
Save Otero Canyon Trails
Submitted to SSR by Matt Turgeon
There is a popular hiking, biking, and horse riding trail outside
of Albuquerque called Otero Canyon. The trail is on part of land
that has never been fenced or used for anything other than
recreation. However, it also sits outside of Kirtland Air Force
Base and a portion of the land is what is called "military
withdrawal land." This land was given to the Department of
Defense when Kirtland AFB was originated right after WWII, but the
Air Force has never had use for it in over 50 years.
The Otero Canyon trails extend from National Forest Land into this
military land, and for at least 20 years there has been no concern
by the military over the use of it as a recreation area. However,
because of the significant amounts of money available for Homeland
Security, Kirtland decided to request funding for a project to
fence this land off. Most people here in Albuquerque would agree
that this is an unnecessary taxpayer expense and the land is
better served to be left open to the public.
Please take the time to click here and sign the petition to
stop the closure of Otero Canyon. Also please pass this onto
others that you know of that might be interested in signing this
Regular Rides and Runs Around Socorro
These are not SSR-sponsored club events!
- Cycling (Road): MWF 11:30 AM, meet at the IRIS Parking Lot.
- Cycling (MTB): Friday 11:30 AM, meet at the IRIS Parking Lot.
- Running: Sunday social run, meet at Tech pool parking lot, 7AM Sundays.
Like to start a new regular run or ride? Contact Matt Perini to get it listed