But as you move on, the riding gets more interesting: there's double track and single track, and enough rock that picking a line becomes a technical puzzle, especially when headed back down and trying to go fast. The 29er wheels really allow you to aim carefully and just keep pedaling on ruts and ridges that would toss a non-suspended 26er. I know, no-one but me and a few other ignorable freaks still rides 26 non boing; but that's my frame of reference here.
To give you a sense of what Crownpoint, NM is like, here are a couple of photographs:
|To the southeast of Crownpoint|
|To the west, and further south on the bluff|
|On some sections of the bluff, these small cacti seem to have won out over the junipers.|
A friend from Los Angeles told me, "I don't think I could live there; it's too forbidding. But it grows on me, and has been for quite a long time.