Full length video of Richard Gasperotti's 2013 visit to New Mexico coming soon!
The view from the road to Los Alamos. The mountain tops were still covered in snow.
After paying for entry into Red Mesa, Gaspi rides some of the local snail trails.
The weather was beautiful in Red Mesa, so beautiful we didn't think to complain once about the exhaustion and thirst we were suffering from.
Cacti were Gaspi's greatest enemies.
Martin and Gaspi return to the van after successful day of filming.
Gaspi changes cactus thrashed tires at a Walmart parking lot in Albuquerque.
Gaspi pushes his Czech produced Rubena tires to the edge.
Sometimes you have to cross the shadows to get to biker's heaven.
We met Vincent Sanches at Fat Tire Cycles in Albuquerque. He became our friend and guide and took us to a secret trail high above Albuquerque that he and a friend have been working on for the last three years.
Vincent leads the chase on his secret trail with Gaspi on his tail.
Time for a short break. While Vincent enjoys his energy drink, Gaspi refreshes with non-alcoholic beer which he brought with him from the Czech Republic.
Dropping into the jump section.
Gaspi, 36, shows us that he's still got the skills to take part in a whip contest.
About twenty miles away from Albuquerque we got totally stuck in the sand.
A couple of locals helped liberate our van from the sand with their vehicle. Unfortunately we didn't catch their names, but thank you very much one more time!
Street art in downtown Albuquerque. We enjoyed the best fish and chips of our lives in this zone.
This is another trail that Vincent likes to ride. It's about a thirty minute drive from downtown Albuquerque.
The rocks and trails of Albuquerque reminded us of the mountainous region around Lago di Garda in Italy.
Can you guess what time of year it is? This guy joined us for our coffee break after riding the suburbs of Albuquerque.
After driving through so much rough terrain, our van was crying out for a wheel alignment.
Time was ticking by and still no success with the van.
After another hour of waiting the guys pushed a wrecked car out of the garage and asked Gaspi to show them some tricks.
By evening the car was still not ready to go.
Luckily there was lot of amusement in the garage. This parrot didn't speak but was rather friendly.
At around 11p.m. we finally left the shop. We drove about 50 miles towards Gallup, then slept under the stars in the yellow rock.
Gasoline is still cheaper in the United States than in Europe, but the good old days are long gone.
In Mongolia people say that the best view you can get is from a horse's saddle. In New Mexico it's pretty much the same.
You may not agree, but old car wrecks from the 50's and 60's are something that we Europeans find very romantic about the United States.
The Great Gaspi having rest near Gallup.
Maybe when we're older we'll acquire a brand new pick-up.
One attempt, one landing. Everything was fine except Gaspi's ankle.
Gaspi's pedal survived the hard landing without any scratches or cracks. Good work!
Somebody asked us if we had a helicopter with us but this view is from another peak not too far from Gallup.
Better light than in New Mexico? Not possible.
It may seem like a cliché but people have enjoyed watching sunsets since the prehistoric ages. It's just the viewing tools that are changing.
Show us one European who doesn't want to have their picture taken on Route 66!
The very last drop before we headed back to LA and then Prague, our capital city in the centre of Europe.Camera work and film by
Martin SmolikStill photography and words by
Adam Marsal Full length video of Richard Gasperotti's 2013 visit to New Mexico coming soon!Author's Note:
We did not break any rules, laws or regulations deliberately in New Mexico. In Ghost Ranch, Red Mesa, Santa Fe and other places we always asked local authorities or locals before riding in those zones. When the answer was "no" or some areas were closed or part of a national park we simply moved on to another destination. We share the same spirit of mountain biking as most of the Pinkbike audience and we want to keep our natural heritage intact for upcoming generations.