Trip Overview

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!

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Day 25 - Pinedale to Little Snake River

After taking care of some business in Pinedale we rode off into what we soon found out was desolate, but beautiful, country.  Trees and other signs of vegetation soon became scarce and were replaced with giant rolling hills.  We rode with the foothills of the divide to the east and the barren hills to the west.  This made for a pretty awesome ride.

Soon after we read a "Stop the War on Coal - Fire Obama", Geoff pointed out a sheepdog in the distance.  We approached the two sheepdogs herding 50 sheep or so with a couple donkeys following (???).  Other than the sheepdog instance, there weren't many signs of life to be found.  This could be attributed to the fact that every crick that we passed seemed to be dried up.  We kept on pedaling and luckily one of the creeks finally had some water flowing through.  It ended up being an awesome back country camping spot.  Not many signs of human life, but many signs of cattle were present... Once again forcing us to camp amongst patties.

The next morning the three of us were awakened by a loud herd of cattle marching right for us as we separated the cattle from the watering hole.  We all jumped out of our tents (this was the only thing to ever get G out of bed early) to see cattle storming over the ridge for us.  Not ten seconds later, over the ridge rides a cowboy yelling cowboy things.  Crisis averted.  Cowboy diverts the cows and saves the day. No Jumanji stampede.

The beginning leg of the ride...

Getting into the desolate region of Wyoming.

Three asses.

Four asses.
Six asses

Ridin' with some nice skies.
Probably lost


View from our campsite.

Geoff's tent on fire.

Real life cowboy

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