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!

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Day 35 - Frisco to a Stable...

The Frisco/Silverthorne/Breckenridge area is a tourist hot spot for a reason. The three towns are nestled in among giant fourteen thousand foot mountains with prime skiing.  We decided to spend the morning in Breckenridge to enjoy the sites and eat some good pizza. We took off in the early afternoon for a monster of a climb - the highest divide crossing of the entire trip.  The climb over Boreas Pass (11,482 ft) lasted a solid 15 miles. We were generous with our break taking but finally summited the pass.  We were absolutely gassed.... Cam may have taken a nap on top.

We descended into a town called Como where we had planned to spend the night.  Unfortunately this turned out to be a ghost town with no services at all.  We had to make a decision - go off route on a busy highway for 15 miles or continue on the route and camp wherever we saw appropriate.  We decided to continue biking blindly into the Colorado landscape.  Near sundown we approached an old deserted recreational area.  We saw that there were empty stables that provided a nice shelter from the rain Colorado promised to provide.  We set up shop there and hoped to God the cows weren't going to return for a visit. 

The climb out of Breckinridge, CO.

The Collegiate Range!

Boreas Pass - a perfect spot for a catnap.

Valley views

The stable

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