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Cyclist and Sheep

Far below in the canyon bottom is Red River, NM. The image was taken west of the summit of Bob Cat Pass
Far below in the canyon bottom is Red River, NM. The image was taken west of the summit of Bobcat Pass [Nikon DX3]

Just off the summit of Bobcat Pass, elevation 9,820 feet, I met a young lady from Kansas.  That in and of itself is not too unusual, but what was unusual is that she was on a fully loaded cross country bicycle.

She told me she left Arroyo Hondo shortly after sunrise, about 30 miles distant, in route to Eagle’s Nest. Through deep breaths she asked how far was she from the summit.  She was at least 2.5 to 3.0 miles from the top, which I took as a bit farther than she had hoped.  During our brief conversation she admitted her legs were getting a little tired. She said she was looking to the ride from ride from the top of the pass to Eagle Nest as it was all down hill. I asked if she needed water but the determined young lady said she was good and pushed off.  From Arroyo Hondo to the Bob Cat summit she climbed over 3,000 vertical feet.

A heard of Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep, ewes and kids, were grazing between Red River and Questa. [Nikon D3X]
A herd of Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep, ewes and kids, were grazing between Red River and Questa. [Nikon D3X]

Between Red River and Questa a herd of Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep were grazing with little concern for the traffic.  No rams were among the ewes and kids.  Traffic had to come to a complete stop waiting for two kids to decide which side of the highway they favored.