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 40 - Del Norte to back county camping at 10 000'

This morning required a lot of tent drying after the sprinkler fiasco.  Other than that, the three of us spent much of the day taking care of business (route planning, eating, groceries, blogging, eating light, etc...). We were told about a local spot that caters to through bikers called the Organic Peddler. It was an awesome café with tons of neat art, organic groceries, clothing, and trinkets on display.  The building itself had really neat architecture (check out the pics).

Long story short, we didn't hit the road until 4pm or so.  On a typical day - not much of an issue.  Today - a bit of an issue... Waiting or us was the tallest pass on the entire divide. The daunting Indiana Pass crests at just a hair under 12 000 feet and lasts about 20 miles.  We began pedaling into a headwind that drained our spirits.  We managed to get to 10 000 feet where we found a great spot to tent for the evening.  We cooked, watched the sunset, froze, and then hit the sack.

The Organic Peddler

G leading the nightly yoga session.


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