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 30 - Ladder Ranch to Steamboat Springs.

After gorging down breakfast, we were eager to get to Steamboat Springs. We climbed up to Columbus where we ate lunch and met a very interesting character. This middle aged man introduced himself to us and began to ask us why we were doing this trip. We learned he didn't want to scratch the surface, but instead wanted metaphysical answers in response. He chatted for about an hour and a half about how he is a lightbringer and that all living people can be subdivided into humans and reptillians (and lightbringers like himself). We, thankfully, were humans (although he wasn't sold on Geoff) because we were nice and smiled and etc... Reptillians are disguised as humans but feed off fear and are mean and are from the fourth dimension, he thinks. Wait, he doesn't think, he just "knows". Long story short, this man claimed he was sent from a higher dimension and was put here to share light amongst us humans. Here are some claims he made:
He could create money.
He never got rained on.
He could run into the middle of a freeway and not get run over ("but there aren't enough cars here to prove it" - him)
There are no humans in the states of New Jersey and Texas.
He could tell the difference between reptillians and humans.
He drinks light.
He's from the tenth dimension. 

Anyways... We said our goodbyes, he ripped off his shirt, jumped into his Subaru (how did he afford that? He created the money), did a donut, and peeled out. 

If any of you are interested in what he has to say and his lifestyle, check out Ascention Earth, that's what he called it.

After yet another break at steamboat lake, we finally made it into steamboat springs. This is an amazing outdoorsy town where companies like SmartWool, Big Agnes, Moots and Honey Stinger were founded. Everyone seemed to be doing something active - I wish I could say it was contagious because we were anything but active in steamboat. 

We spent the night here and took our bikes into a shop early the next day for tune ups. There we met an awesome staff member, Robert. He offered us his spot for the night so we decided to spend the day and night there. Robert was a super cool dude. He attended NOLS for mountaineering and is an avid hiker and biker. We hung out all evening taking advantage of the local happy hours. He looked over the maps with us and gave us great detours to take advantage of as he was familiar with the area. The next morning we all exchanged info and we all hope to keep in touch with him. 

I think it's safe to say we all hope to revisit steamboat at some point in our lives.

Places like these actually exist 

Everything is bigger in America.

Rest days...

Geoffs new sponsor

I guess we forgot to take any pics of steamboat... That's what Google is for!

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