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 29 - Rawlins to Ladder Ranch

After an unexpected rest day in  Rawlins, we began pedaling with the goal of getting the hell out of Wyoming and into Colorado (but better yet, trees!). We were about 35 miles until trees and 70 miles to the Colorado border.  The ride included 27 miles of road construction (yuck) and a few steep climbs.  We managed through the road conditions and we welcomed into a forest.  The trees brought much desired shade and wind cover - something we've been missing for 4 days or so.  We ascended through the aspen forest until we reached the peak.  Waiting for us was an awesome 15 mile descent on pavement into Colorado.  This leg boasted some of the most beautiful views we've seen thus far.  Cruising down this stretch during sunset was something we won't soon forget.

We camped at Ladder Ranch.  This was a family owned ranch and provided a great lawn for us and an even better breakfast in the morning.  At the 'all you can eat' breakfast, the hostess remarked how we left no room for lunch.  This was true.

What we had in store.

Made it!

Colorado in the distance.

Awesome riding.
Group shot for the day.
The trifecta.

Ladder ranch. Our home for the night.
This road acts as the Wyoming - Colorado border.
Kids dream. 
Kid in dream.
Chopped er down with our leathermen for some fire wood
G in all his glory

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