There are many reasons to ride, here’s a video that illustrates some of the more meaningful ones.
Jon Yazzie struggled to connect to his cultural identity for some time, leading him to make the wrong life choices and lack a sense of belonging. It wasn’t until he made his way back to the Navajo reservation that he could regain that connection and feel at peace with himself.
Does this make you want to grab a tarp and get out there? Or maybe book a flight and get out there? Seeing the land through the stories of the people who have lived there for thousands of years certainly seems like an interesting proposition. What have we missed as we ride by landscapes we know by Strava segments and modern trail names?