It’s RAAM time

I hope no one was holding their breath waiting for a blog post from me. If so, I guess we won’t need to worry about them anymore. : ) RAAM is coming through for the next few days. Here are a few photos of T204 Beau & Babe and a short video of Gerhard Gulewicz from this morning.

T204 near the summit T204 near the summit Gerhard Gulewicz and crew

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Valles Caldera 2011

A video blog for 2011 (14:21)-
Link to 2x version for those with only 7:10.
Link to 4x version for those who want to see it in 3:35.

Valles Caldera 200k Brevet from Cathy Cramer on Vimeo.

A beautiful day for a ride in the Jemez Mountains. 125 miles, 11,000 ft of climbing. The ride starts at Overlook Park in White Rock, NM, goes thru Bandelier National Monument, by Fenton Lake and turns around at Jemez Springs. For more information about the route see

Ride with GPS route and profile-

A few images pulled from the sequence in the video-

2010 Valles Caldera blog post

More information about this brevet at

Antlers 200k

If I didn’t hate rain so much this ride would probably have jumped right to “my favorite rides” list. I chose a warm (60’s-70’s F), muggy, November, Sunday, to ride “Search for BigFoot” 200k Permanent. Three to four hours were spent on wet roads, accompanied by threatening skies the entire route, which dampened my mood considerably. The sky was so dark as I descended from the Kiamichi Mountains toward Tahlihina that I worried about tornadoes. I reassured myself that it was not the right time of year for tornadoes. Funny thing, the next day tornadoes touched down to the northeast.

Had it not been so foggy, wet and overcast, it would have been a beautiful fall day. The colors on the ~1500 ft climb on the Indian Highway over the Kiamichi Mountains were gorgeous. The problem was I could barely see 50 yards in front of me. The photos look even more dull. It was a little clearer on the twisty descent, which I had to take pretty slowly because of the wet, leaf-covered pavement.

Most of the route is on rural roads with little traffic. The exception is Highway 63 from Tahlihina, where a Harley Armada nearly removed my left elbow. OK-2 also has a fair amount of traffic, and it appeared half the state of Texas had spent the weekend in Oklahoma and were returning home on Sunday afternoon.

Antlers, OK 200k Permanent from Cathy Cramer on Vimeo.

“Search for BigFoot” 200k Permanent. Shot 1 frame every 2s. Playback is 24fps.