GNARLY OBSTACLES DEEP TWO-TRACK: Well-traveled trails will become two-track in some
cases, and the deeper ones can
catch your underbelly or swingarm.
Approach them fast and move your
bodyweight to the outside of the turn
and let the side knobbies on your tires
help drive you through.
SILT: On heavily traveled trails
in the Southwest, we have what is
called silt. It’s baby-powder-like dirt
that takes many people by surprise,
like quicksand of the desert. The key
is to keep momentum up but only ride
as fast as you have to without letting
the fluff rise up and block your vision.
Silt, like sand, gets rutted up, so you
also want to ride to the side of the ruts
to keep your underbelly from getting
hung up. ❏