Previous tours

Following are some photos of previous tours:

1. 1984 Simi Valley, CA to New Amsterdam, New York. Twenty eight days of riding. Two lay over days.

2. 1990 Seattle, WA to San Diego, CA.

3. 1994 Northridge, CA to Boston, MA.

4. 2001 Round trip from Altadena, CA to Fairbanks, AK.

5. 2009 Yorktown, VA to Florence, Oregon.

All my tours were solo except for 2009. See group photo below. There are several selfies, although not technically selfies, they were taken of me by me: Drinking from a mug; Eating on a Victoria, BC hotel balcony; Hiding from the rain in a storm drain; On the road to Haines, Alaska; and Crossing the Ohio river on a ferry is technically a genuine selfie.


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.    La Veta, CO 1984  textWells, Nevada 1994 textVictoria, Canada 1990 textTo Currant, Nevada 1994 textTacoma, Wash 1990 textPine Pass BC 2001 textNevada Desert Highway 1994 textLiard Hot Springs BC 2001 textHoosier Pass, CO 2009 textFlat on Highway to Currant, Nevada 1994 textEly Nevada 1994 textChemult Oregon 2001 textCarl, Bob and Grant 2001 textCarl on to Haines, Alaska 2001 textCarl cross the Ohio River 2001 textCarl & Cable Car 1990 TextCamping Coaldale Nevada  2001 textBurgrress Junction WY 9430 ft 1994 textAdventure Cyclist Missoula, Montana 2009

The anxiety is building.

I get periodic rushes of anxiety thinking about the ride and all the things that I need to take care of.  One thing I feel good about is that I’m doing the miles on the bike, not long miles, but miles in the San Gabriel mountains which face my front door. First thing after this post is to make a to do list.

The final days before launch…

Bike Route 8-04-14I’ve been very busy with planning and training for the Great Divide Ride or as it is officially known: the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. Much of the following description of the route was taken from Michael McCoy’s book; Cycling the Great Divide. Michael spent two years driving a jeep and mapping out the route .

Originally, the route began at the U.S. Canadian port of Roosville, Montana and ended at Antelope Wells, New Mexico a distance of 2,470 miles. Although it has been extended northward to Banff, Canada,I plan on starting at the original start point. Call me a wimp.

The goal, which was achieved, when establishing the route, was to keep it within 50 miles of the Continental Divide. It would have been impossible to have the route on the actual Continental Divide which is essentially on the ridge line of the Rock Mountains. There is the Continental Divide Hiking.Trail, but In no way could you have a bike route on that trail, although, I’m sure someone will try riding it.

The Continental Divide, which by the way runs from the southern tip of South America to Alaska, is defined as a drainage divide, where water from one side of the divide flows east and for the other side it flows west. We are only concerned with that section of the divide that runs from the Mexican border to the Canadian border. On the eastern side of the divide the water flows to the Atlantic Ocean and to the Pacific on the western side.

What it the route like?  Well 85% is dirt and gravel roads, 10% paved roads, and 5% single track trails.The route travels 695 miles through Montana, 72 miles through Idaho, 481 miles through Wyoming, 544 miles through Colorado, and 678 miles through New Mexico.The lowest elevation is 2,577′ near the Canadian border and the highest, 11,910′ at Indiana Pass in Colorado near the border of New Mexico.I’ll be crossing from one side of the divide to the other 27 times. The scenery, mostly in the back country, is made up of forests, farm and ranch land, the open range, small towns, cities, for example, Butte and Helena, Montana, vast basins in Wyoming, and the deserts of New Mexico.I’ll also get a chance to view the spectacular Grand.Tetons.

Adventure Cycling has published well defined and descriptive maps of the Divide Route. In addition to the maps, I will take, Cycling The Great Divide book with me. Besides spending mucho tiempo riding the route with my imagination, I have also watched several utube videos that riders have uploaded. Through the videos and “flying over”  areas with Google Earth I’ve been able to see what the actual landscape looks like.