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blaring out the speakers: "walking down the street something caught my eye a growing epidemic that really ain't fly a middle-aged lady I gotta be blunt her spandex biker shorts were creepin up the front" The music on a girls' trip certainly differs from that of a guys'. (When we were on Gooseberry Mesa, the bachelor party listened mostly to the Grateful Dead. We sure as hell avoided "Total Eclipse of the Heart;')

From what I can tell, here are the remaining five big differences:

1: Compliments-Guys don't speak them, except for the occasional "nice!" after a bro cleans a steep uphill. Girls need little excuse. When Riviere sees Mary's pigtails one morning she says, "I love your piggies." Replies Mary: "Yours too!"

2: Dancing-There's a thousand percent more on a girls' trip, with no shame accorded to bumping butts against genitals. Gnarls Barldey is an automatic caboose shaker. That said, girls' ability to dance to Journey is both impressive and sad.

3: Adjectives-Guys say "awesome." Girls say "fabulous."

4: Diet-On a camping trip, everybody loves bacon. Where the genders differ is on gluten. Girls shun it; guys hardly know what it is, continued on page 110

FIVE TOP FEMALE RIDERS DISCUSS THE WOMEN WHO INSPIRE THEM, BREAKING INTO THE BOYS' CLUB, ZEN AND THE FINE ART OF FEMININITY

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