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Norco residents pose for a 2013 community photo by photographer Brigit e Jouxtel at Pike’s Peak Park to commemorate an iconic Pedley Field Photo taken 15 years earlier.


the NORCO experience


Take a ride with a hometown author through Horsetown USA EDITOR’S NOTE: Longtime Norco resident Audrey Pavia, an


award-winning author and avid horsewoman, shares a slice of life in her beloved community by taking us on one of her favorite routes.


by audrey pavia | for the horsetrader T


he sun is hanging low in the sky, and the gentle afternoon breeze has


arrived. It’s time to saddle up my Spanish Mustang, Milagro, and go for a ride through Norco. I step outside my back door and Milagro whinnies to me. He knows the drill. I saddle him up and lead him to the front yard. We pick up the trail right across the street from my house. That’s how easy it is to go riding in Norco. We head south on the Hillside


Avenue trail, passing an assort- ment of paddocks and driveways. Milagro takes a good look at a peacock perched on a fence in a nearby yard. He’s familiar with the fl ock of feral peacocks that live on this part of Hillside. He then glances up at a yard across the street, where a few alpac- as, a miniature horse and two Hafl ingers are sharing their din-


ner. There’s always something interesting to see in Norco. The trail curves and we are


on Third Street, headed toward Norco High School. We cross third and walk along the narrow dirt shoulder skirting the high school football fi eld. The fi eld is quiet today, and we pass with- out incident, turning right on Second Street. This is the way we need to go if we want to pass our fi rst landmark for the ride: Disney’s Circle D Ranch. This busy road on the east side of Norco leads us to Valley View, and we turn right. We pass under tall trees that fl ut er in the breeze, and when the road is empty and void of traffi c noise, we can hear the wind rustling in the leaves. The trail narrows in places


along Valley View as the street winds around. We pass corrals


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Milagro and I fi nd a peaceful view above the town.


Brigit e Jouxtel photo


Audrey Pavia photo


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