Something important was happening on yesterday's ride. Can you spot it?
It looks like planet Earth again, instead of Arizona. How nice it is to have soil on the ground instead of rubble! But New Mexico is about as dry as Arizona, so why is there soil and grass here? It is probably the higher altitude.
Most people probably wouldn't say this photo is breathtakingly beautiful. But tell that to your butt and hands! The trail felt so smooth and fast and safe.
I like the challenge of letting the significance of that soil sink into my mind. It takes discipline to stay focused on something meaningful, after the travel blogosphere and the tourist industry have gotten everybody addicted to mindless postcards.
Taking on challenges like this encourage me to think that I'm not just wasting my time as a perpetual tourist.
A couple days ago, when I was still back on that alien planet of Arizona, this rock grabbed my attention. It was close to the campsite.
The rock seems to be bent like sheet metal. There is a story here, but how do you get to it? Occasionally I get motivated to read some geology, but it is hard to find a geology writer. If they write a sentence of 7 words, they somehow manage to get 11 words of technical jargon in.
Just a few feet from camp, a symmetric volcanic cone rose up to a height of about 150 feet -- cute enough to tickle behind its ears. How can you really appreciate it? It is moderately interesting visually, but that is just a start.
What happened to the earth to form that cute little volcano? Reading a bunch of jargon about volcanoes just doesn't seem much like the personal experience of sleeping with a volcano.