Apr 11, 2012
Distance today = 56.21 km; Total distance = 4871.25 km; Location = Golden – 35 15.235′ N, 106 13.139′ W; Start time = 0829, Finish time = 1645
Pretty much uphill all day, but that's the way I like it (so long as it's not too steep). I am finding that my legs feel much better after a day of uphill than a day of downhill – so much less impact shock over the course of the day.
I spent the first part of the day running across and out of Albuquerque. I really love the architecture in this city. It's a brilliant mix of Native American and Spanish influences, and is very aesthetically pleasing.
I forgot to mention yesterday that I ran into the city on the old Route 66 (until I got to the cycle path by the river). This road used to be an extension of the Santa Fe Trail for wagon trains, and prior to that it was the Camino Real (the Royal Road – the most northerly part of the Spanish road leading up from Mexico). It became part of Route 66 when cars came into vogue. However, in 1937, a new road to the east of Albuquerque took over as Route 66, and this was the road I ran out of Albuquerque on today. Wow, two different Route 66s in two days.
I also passed 3000 miles today, which represents (by GWR definition) exactly one-sixth of my run. I have a few more milestones approaching in coming days.
I would also like to point out, in case you haven't already visited it, the Travel Log section of the web site. It's on the bottom left. The support crew have compiled this list of interesting venues. They are worth your consideration if you happen to be visiting, or are just plain worth reading about if you aren't.