The cool turquoise and sand colorway flyovers of Albuquerque
I've just spend an intense week in Albuquerque jam-packed with stuff centered around the fine work of the LAB (League of American Bicyclists) - and in 100+ degree heat...
... surrounded by Adobe, the concrete, not the software kind:
Learned how to ride a bike at the LAB Traffic Skills 101 course and LCI (League Certified Instructor) Seminar:
Yikes! Preston Tyree tries to teach me the life-saving Instant (Counter) Turn
Proving to ourselves that a bike can lean right over in the Instant Turn and still have traction
Because if I'd studied this course earlier and learned the mantra:
BICYCLISTS FARE BEST WHEN THEY ACT AND ARE TREATED AS DRIVERS OF VEHICLES
... I would not have been doored the week before in NYC:
Thursday: Ride and cocktail reception, featuring a ceremonial guard (is that what you call it?), mariachi band and exhibiting the Giant Halfway folder donated for the Raffle by the Kickstand Bike Shop. And a Traffic Cone Bag donated by yours truly!
Friday: Belen ride led by Bicycle Touring Club of NM leader Tom Sullivan
A group of 50 or so watched my Route 66 by Bicycle: Pedaling the Mother Road movie at a genuine Route 66 church on Nob Hill. That's LAB Exec Dir Andy Clarke in the safety vest.
Saturday: The Albuquerque century. 100+ degree heat. I stayed inside and polished off my talk. And taught myself Powerpoint in the last hour ("not a good idea" - Fred).
The three takeaways from my talk:
1. To change you life, say yes more often than no
2. Don't nickle and dime bike shops, eat out once a week
3. Be the change you want to see
Keynote speaking at the rally banquet honoring bicycle advocate Gail Ryba:
MC Craig Degenhardt cut a far more memorable visual than I!
Following a tribute by Kalil Spencer, Tom Robey delivers two very moving anecdotes about his wife and much-loved advocate, Gail Ryba:
"Gail turned off the heat at the start of winter because 'it was the right thing to do'".
She went for a bike ride the day before she stopped eating."
City Councilor Issac Benton named the new Bike-Ped bridge over the Rio Grande at I-40 the Gail Ryba Memorial Bridge, opening September 2010.
Of course, there was schwag ...
I had a little table at the Bike Expo, and someone bought a Traffic Cone Bag (shown here in stealth mode).
Riding in 100+ degree heat (like opening a wood fired pizza oven and getting inside):
Scott and Preston of the LAB. Note the Gal's Traffic Cone Bag slung over Preston's tikit handlebars. It's my ibag, he says!
Sunday: The Handsomest Man in Albuquerque: Book signing and slideshow for The Handsomest Man in Cuba at Bookworks on Rio Grande ...
Thanks to Craig D for setting this up for me! Below: With events coordinator Laura.
And meeting a local Albuquerque icon, Mr Babcock, "The Parrot Man" on his recumbent menagerie.
Thank you to my wonderful hosts, Craig Degenhardt and Betty Serfazo, who treated me like a surrogate daughter (perhaps because they have two boys, Baron and Derek, and a family of pet tortoises).
Watch this space for movies ...