I have lists of things to do before I leave. Somehow, I find more interesting things to do that were not on the list. Meet a globe-trotting Japanese cyclist– Takashi– and rendezvous with another globe-trotting cyclist from Holland for late dinner and beers. And, an impromptu sub six-hour campout along the Rio Grande. Not much time for sleep these days.
Unlace the busted Phil Wood hub from Cass’ Rabbit Hole rim, and unlace the Rohloff from the long unused 26″ Rigida Andra rim to make one epic wheel– Rohloff to Rabbit Hole. This wheel will find a home on Cass’ Surly Krampus frame. The Phil hub will be sent back for repair. I reused most of the spokes and cut them to length with the Phil Wood spoke cutter at Two Wheel Drive in Albuquerque.
Reconnect with old friends. Andy and Stella and family are visiting ABQ from Denver. They hosted us last fall before diving into the Colorado Trail. They rode to the farm for a visit over the weekend. Stella is an aspiring bikepacker and commuter with a promising two-wheeled future. In fact, the whole family frequently rolls on two wheels together.
Andy, better known by his blog moniker Big Dummy Daddy, was riding his Pugsley. I sold him my Revelate Sweet Roll handlebar bag. The robin’s egg blue Raleigh XXIX on the left is a recent acquisition, the first 29er amongst twenty (or more) bikes in the family.
Prepare coffee and cocoa and cakes; soups, salads and sweets for weekend visitors to Old Town Farm. Bike-In Coffee is a business that runs on coffee, rhubarb cake and two wheels. Our kitchen is actually on four wheels, and is a repurposed 1973 Winnebago.
Finally, buying and selling bikes. The Velo Orange Campeur is still for sale. A new (old) bike to come in the next few days!