The area is mostly around Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, it's beautiful in the summer and fall. I don't use the Norco for longer rides, I have a cheap Trek 4300 that I put a rack and panniers on for the longer rides, I also have a Cannondale rode bike but it has no rack mounts so I just use it for rides under 50 miles. My Norco is used mostly to injure myself
I use it for 20-30 mile trail rides so it's not bad considering it is a size small and I'm 6 ft tall, I just like the smaller size, easier to handle. Also on the Norco I converted it too a single chainring on the front and I built a custon aluminum inner bash plate to hold the chain on, I think you can see it in the pic.