Catron County, New Mexico has about 400 miles of paved road, and we're planning to walk every mile of it ... eventually ...

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Finding beauty in the mundane

One of the differences between my walking blog and other peoples' walking and running blogs is my landscape. Not a lot that's manmade out here, and what there is embodies pragmatism more than wealth or novelty or ideas. Power lines, barbed wire fences, cattleguards, a two lane highway with no shoulder, the barest minimum of what's needed. And culverts. You have to have culverts. Even where there doesn't appear to be any water you need culverts, because when a hard rain does come, the hard baked clay soil doesn't soak it all up. The excess water runs off, finding the path of least resistance, which is usually a road or driveway someone has painstakingly scraped out with a back hoe, and carves it into something beautiful, but impassable. So you need culverts, a way to direct water so it won't do so much damage, a sensible pragmatic solution to the problem of rainwater run-off. Ugly, but utilitarian and cheap. And sometimes beautiful, when they create a little waterfall.


  • At 6:37 PM, Anonymous jen said…

    I would just love to walk where you live. I have done some cycling in areas like this, and took notice of some of the details (esp. cattle guards!) but it was still not quite the same, as I'm sure you know, because you have put some of your focus on paying attention to obstacles, debris that might cause a flat tire, etc.

  • At 1:13 AM, Blogger Suzanne said…

    Cycling can be a bit of a problem in this county - there are a few old-timers who become unaccountably aroused to rage and indignation when they see a cyclist on the road where they're trying to drive their trucks, especially cyclists wearing brightly colored lycra. The lycra people might as well have a sign pinned to their backs saying "I drink lattes, drive a Volvo, and read the New York Times."

    (Just kidding - sort of.)


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