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 progresshere 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 37 - Salida to Sargents
This morning was better than Christmas morning. After eating three pouches of oatmeal every morning for 40 days or so, your body tends to reject it. Oatmeal mornings had turned into a real struggle for us. This morning we instead cooked real eggs, real sausage, and real English muffins (to Sofiane's dismay). After a heart breakfast and running some small errands, we were ready to ride. As we were climbing the foothill to the pass, we were warned of the flash flood warnings in effect yet again. Big storm systems coming in from Utah... We decided to just attack the pass anyway knowing that there was a cabin on top for through hikers. Thankfully the weather turned out to be reasonable as we climbed the mountain. We crested the beast and in true Colorado style we treated ourselves yet another ~3000 ft, 12 mile descent. Halfway down this descent the skies opened up and we started to get soaked. We pedaled as fast as we could into the town of Sargents where we camped out for the night.
Getting some advice from local biker babes
This cabin is atop the pass and welcomes bikers/snowmobilers/adventurers to stay the night here.