Cycling "Tijeras Canyon" New Mexico - (Albuquerque to Tijeras to Edgewood)
An Excellent Bicycle Route in Albuquerque Searching for a rewarding cycling climb in Albuquerque? A popular route is the Interstate 40 canyon. It doesn't have an official name, but
many refer to it as "Tijeras Canyon." From the junction of Central Avenue and Tramway, head east on State Highway 333 (old Route 66)
which travels 16 miles to the high point in Sedillo Hill. There is plenty of scenery and a wide shoulder for much of the route. Happy cycling!
A cyclist flew past me as I traveled west with pretty mountains in the background.
May 2, 2015 - I began on Central Avenue on the east side of Albuquerque. My first picture was taken behind a bus at the Tramway intersection.
Just follow the signs for New Mexico Highway 333. You'll be biking adjacent to Interstate 40 the entire way.
On the bridge over Interstate 40.
It is a decent ascent for much of the canyon.
Take your time.
It's a great workout.
Tijeras, New Mexico
Arrival in Tijeras. There are a few services along the road, including a Subway Restaurant.
Zuzax, New Mexico
I'm a big fan of Zuzax because of the town's name! Any word that contains two Z's and a X's is amazing for its phonetic value. :)
I stopped at the gas mart and liked the Route 66 mural at the auto shop next door.
I was tired and sweaty.
There I am drinking a Lipton Sparkling Raspberry Iced Tea. :)
The photo of me reminds me of two "not too shabby" videos ...
Onward I continued. Around 11 or 12 miles in, laziness was kicking in.
Truly, I have done some tough rides in my lifetime, including biking across the USA twice,
but something was off psychologically. Somehow, I pressed on. I really wanted to have a successful ride on my first major outing in Albuquerque.
Sedillo Hill Road & Interstate 40 - The Summit
It was disappointing there was no sign marking the summit, or even that this high point was the
dividing point between the Rio Grande and Pecos River Watersheds. Still, it was great to be on top. The summit, according to my records is ~7000 feet.
Thus, if you start at Tramway and Central Avenue (~5600 feet), you'll ascend 1400'. Not bad.
I continued for five more miles to reach Edgewood.
Here's a touching bicycle memorial for Michael P. Wolff (1957-2014). Be sure to watch the video below.
Edgewood, New Mexico
At Edgewood, my cyclometer read 20.5 miles. I rested for a while, took some pictures, and then returned the way I came.
There's one sappy image of me. I was so happy to make it. :)
With my luck, the southwest winds picked up on my way back, making it a headwind.
I hung in there. I had no choice. (That's the beauty and agony of road biking, isn't it?)
Here's one photo of the road leading way into the distance.