Thanks to all who about a month back made suggestions on going down hills. We went out Saturday - and I had a blast!!! I didn't even fall down once!!! Went down lots of hills (I took them mostly in 1st) but just stayed focused and feathered the front brake when necessary. I usually freak out and stall the bike (when in 1st) because I'm going too slow - but that didn't happen! The hills that I hate the most are steep, rutted and covered with softball sized jagged rocks. I felt that I was improving - mostly because I felt myself pushing through being scared, to, OK I can do this! We went out with a guy who has never ridden trails (just sand), and that was good for me. I remembered what I was like a year ago - stalling, picking my bike up, falling (uphills, downhills, off the trail) - repeat 20 times! What a difference a year and some determination can make! I want to go riding!!!