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‘Hog Heaven’: A Gravel Cyclist, a Rancher, and Common Ground

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‘The Path Less Paved’ is a brief study of neighborliness between a modern city slicker and a salt-of-the-earth ranchin’ man.

In 2018, cyclist Alex Morgan and his wife left city life behind and headed for the rural town of Ocate, N.M.

To a gravel rider, the area is akin to Valhalla — stretches of unpaved roads, steep climbs, rolling hills, pristine air. The open, remote landscape is also why the area’s ranching community reaches back generations.

When Morgan accidentally trespassed onto rancher Bob Bright’s land, it forced a conversation between them. At first, Bright didn’t know what to make of him. But both men soon discovered their seemingly different lifestyles weren’t so disparate after all.

“Alex on his bike is like me on my horse,” Bright remarks. “We’re in hog heaven. We really are.”

Take a look.

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