What we contemplated the entire ride...
This blog will follow two totally inexperienced bikepackers, Geoff and Cam, and their journey from Banff to Mexico via the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. The route follows the Continental Divide, exposing riders to high altitude, diverse wildlife, and solitude. To learn more about the route, check this out. Randy will be the official bookie so get in touch with him if you'd like to place a wager on how far we will actually make it.
In the mean time, you can track our progress here thanks to our SPOT device.
This will be a site where we will try our best to post some pictures and stories along the way. Happy reading!
Wednesday, 16 July 2014
Day 12 - Canyon Creek (pronounced 'Crick') to Boulder (not the Colorado one)
Today was a little different than the days past. The majority of the riding was on asphalt which was a real treat (sort of) minus the pain of having to deal with motorized vehicles. As a result, there weren't too many jaw dropping views hence the absence of photos. We did, however, ride through Helena (capital of Montana) and learn about its history. Helena, along with the majority of Montana, was originally a gold mining town. I think Tom Arnone told us it was once the richest town in America. We stopped in at the Great Divide Bike Shop to take a look around and afterwards went to PitaPit for lunch. There, a man saw that we were using the Great Divide maps and started asking us questions about the maps, route, adventure, etc... He followed up by informing us that he was on the board of the ACA (Adventure Cycling Association ... the map makers). Pretty cool. On the portion from Helena to Boulder, we cycled on a road parallel to the interstate. We got nice views of ancient burnt down mines, and even nicer billboards. Once in Boulder, we treated ourselves to an 8 dollar all you can eat pizza and treats buffet. I'm not sure if we'll return any lighter.