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.
Geobetty.com has all the details.
Try it with with a 26×2.1 tube first (or 24×2.1+), cut into a rimstrip. With a compressor, the tire may seat fine. If not, then consider something to build up the rim, such as some foam. Jeff has set-up some tubeless Moonlanders recently, and has found that when foam is necessary, a narrower strip down the middle will suffice and makes tire mounting easier.
Will do. Just got to find myself a nice friendly LBS. If I end up in Silver City, I’ll try there. Just debating whether to turn my handlebars north or south at the moment.
Go south, always south. 🙂 Amazing you don’t even need a backpack now (ref previous post). Your frame bag has been great by the way, appreciate the lend.
I have a friend who is after a surly troll. Was trying to remember if you still had a used one lying around you might want to sell.
Happy Christmas to you and family…
Hey, Cass, just wanted to wish you and the fam a Merry etc.
Thanks TJ, and a merry one to you too. I’ve been meaning to drop you a line to say hi.
you just did
Thanks for your blog (my favourite) and bike advice – 2 ogres for us for Xmas 🙂
Best wishes from down under
Great! I hope you’re happy with them!
Just found your blog, great work; both on the blog and on the bike! Lots of very insightful and helpful info on gear selection and set-up. Saw that you were in the Chihuahuan Desert; sorry you won’t be around the Big Bend area in February for the Chihuahuan Desert Bike Fest. Happy travels!
Thanks Alex. I read you’re from the UK too – how’d you end up in Texas?! I went and rode Big Bend State Ranch last year, and really enjoyed it. I’d hoped to get back this winter, but it looks like it will have to wait until spring. I’m guessing the desert is in full bloom then? Sounds like the desert bike fest would be cool to attend too. Will definitely return at some point…
Emmigrated to Canada with the family when I was a child, discovered south-west Texas while touring down the US Pacific Coast a couple years ago. Have been back here a few times since, including this winter. Though the desert is always a thing of beauty, the colder nights–and recent drought–keep it from blooming right now. Yes, the trails in the Big Bend Ranch State Park really are amazing aren’t they. The Desert Bike Fest is a great time, hope you can join us.
How do you discover SW Texas while touring the Pacific Coast?!
If you ever pass by Santa Fe, stop by and I’ll take you for a tour of the trails here. There’s some good stuff.
Friends from Canada told me about Terlingua and the Bike Fest, so when I got just north of San Diego, I headed east. I’ll be sure to let you know if/when I roll through Santa Fe, I’ve heard good things. Thanks!