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, 7 August 2014

Day 32 - Stagecoach Lake to Lynx Pass

The sunless journey continued today as we awoke to grey skies yet again.  Our plan was to make it as far as we could before the storms began.  This was going well until Geoff decided to pedal too hard and snapped his chain in half... This required a quick fix as we were lucky enough to be carrying a spare chain.  As we were halfway up the climb the rain clouds started forming stronger and stronger.  The skies opened up and we got absolutely destroyed. We summited the pass about 15 pounds heavier than we started it, but managed to find some shelter underneath a washroom in a local campground. At this point it was about 2:30pm.  We decided to cook lunch and bunker down here to warm up (we were FROZEN.  Maybe 6 degrees Celsius and soaked) until the rain stopped (we were told the rain comes in surges then leaves in the early afternoon).  The rain never stopped.  By 6pm we decided we were going to have to spend the night here.  We set up our tents and slept to the soothing sound of rainfall. 

We awoke the next day to learn that the road was actually washed out in parts due to the rain.  May have been a smart decision to stop after all.


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