Another great day of cycling with Stacy Brogan Sanger. We left Angel Fire a little after 8 am. The first 7 miles included about 3.7 miles of fairly flat riding and then 3.3 miles of climbing. It was challenging, but we took breaks as needed and bit off chunks. We made it to Palo Flechado Pass (9101 ft elevation) and they began the wonderful downhill 20 mile ride into Taos, NM.
Stacy wasn’t excited about the sign at the top of the pass (see below in photos), but she did awesome. She carried 25-30 mph for most of the downhill section. I realized that the panniers (saddle bags for the bikes) create a lot of drag and my hopes of a 50 or even 60 mph downhill isn’t likely unless I can get Stacy to carry my bags (please give her some encouragement).
We actually made it the 27 miles into Taos in under 2 hours. We spent the day riding around town and had lunch at Michael’s Kitchen (it was good). The desserts looked awesome, but I didn’t want to take on the calorie commitment they would require. Made it to our motel and got checked in. Likely a walk to dinner tonight and then some rest as tomorrow will bring more uphill than downhill.