Jim and Bern Riding the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route

I thought some of you may be interested in following my wife and I as we travel southward from Banff to across the New Mexico State border. On our own and unsupported...toting tents, sleeping bags, etc.

Here are the links:

http://trackleaders.com/divide

This is to follow us on the trail along with others riding on the Great Divide Trail. We are the red (Ja) dot with progress being tracked every 10 minutes or so. There are alternative routes that we will likely be taking, so don’t be worried if we stray away from the red trail line for a bit.

http://jamessweir0.wix.com/mysite

This will be for posting pictures and stories if we have enough energy, computer literacy and motivation to post.

Below is a brief description of the Great Divide Bike Route:

The Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (GDMBR) is the most recognized and important off-pavement cycling route in the United States, if not the world. The route crisscrosses the Continental Divide from north to south starting in Banff, Alberta, Canada and finishing at the US/Mexico border in Antelope Wells, New Mexico.

The GDMBR, developed and mapped in 1997 by the Adventure Cycling Association, is approximately 2,700 miles long and is considered to be the birthplace of bikepacking as a sport. The route follows the Continental Divide and is 90% off-pavement using high-quality dirt roads, gravel roads, trails, and a few short sections of unmaintained tracks. Bikepacking the GDMBR requires only intermediate off-road mountain biking skills, but it is a painstaking test of endurance based on the sheer scale of the route, with over 200,000 feet (60,960 meters) of elevation gain and loss.

The GDMBR is routed through a cross-section of the American West defined by spectacular scenery, a variety of landscapes, historic mountain towns, and boundless remote wilderness. Highlights include the Flathead Valley in Alberta, Grand Teton National Park, the Great Divide Basin in Wyoming, South Park, Boreas Pass in Colorado, Polvadera Mesa, and the Gila Wilderness in New Mexico. Colorado’s Indiana Pass, at 11,910 feet (3630 meters), is the highest point on the route. Throughout the route riders encounter wild river valleys, remote mountain wilderness, open grasslands, high desert, and towards the southern end of the route, an amazing span through the Chihuahuan Desert.

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Comment by Jeff N on July 2, 2016 at 6:25pm

good luck Jim and Bernadette, this is an epic adventure you guys are starting!

Comment by DY on July 4, 2016 at 8:51am

Awesome!  We'll be following you!

Comment by James Eaton on July 4, 2016 at 8:54am

Best of luck!

Comment by Dave Ogilvie on July 5, 2016 at 10:14am

Wow Jim- what an incredible adventure!!  Stay safe and all the best- that tracking feature is awesome- so we'll be with you both in spirit!  DaveO.

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