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The lower part of Gold Valley Road has more sand; I sometimes lose traction and need to walk the bike occasionally

The lower part of Gold Valley Road has more sand; I sometimes lose traction and need to walk the bike occasionally After my stop at the Gold Valley water tank, I still have a bit more downhill mountain-biking aheadThumbnailsAfter crossing the valley, Gold Valley Road comes to an end and I join the larger Black Canyon RoadAfter my stop at the Gold Valley water tank, I still have a bit more downhill mountain-biking aheadThumbnailsAfter crossing the valley, Gold Valley Road comes to an end and I join the larger Black Canyon RoadAfter my stop at the Gold Valley water tank, I still have a bit more downhill mountain-biking aheadThumbnailsAfter crossing the valley, Gold Valley Road comes to an end and I join the larger Black Canyon RoadAfter my stop at the Gold Valley water tank, I still have a bit more downhill mountain-biking aheadThumbnailsAfter crossing the valley, Gold Valley Road comes to an end and I join the larger Black Canyon RoadAfter my stop at the Gold Valley water tank, I still have a bit more downhill mountain-biking aheadThumbnailsAfter crossing the valley, Gold Valley Road comes to an end and I join the larger Black Canyon Road

Several clumps of flowering sages (Salvia dorri) bloom along here, along with tiny chia sages, those tiny stems poking up in the middle of the road.