El Paso, Texas, is segregated from its Mexican sister city, Ciudad Juárez, by a fence.
Except that this fence isn’t a wobbly divide between two neighbours. Rather, it’s an almighty barricade and a stark reminder: life is different on the other side, even if the houses that pock the same Chihuahuan desert are all but close enough to peer through their windows.
The Franklin Mountain State Park is part of the Chihuahuan desert. It’s the largest urban park in the country and extends into El Paso from the north, neatly dividing the city into two portions. Aside from being overrun by legions of colourful, otherwordly cacti, there’s a hundred miles of trails ripe for mountain biking – much of which is rocky, challenging… and tyre-puncturing.
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