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Biking the Great Divide: Colorado

After the vast empty spaces and rolling hills of Wyoming’s Great Basin, we were ready ...

cycling GDMBR

Biking the Great Divide: Colorado

After the vast empty spaces and rolling hills of Wyoming’s Great Basin, we were ready to test our mettle on some big mountains.  Colorado called.  The Cowboy State is home to the Great Divide’s most momentous climb: Indiana Pass (11,913 feet /3,630 meters).  The GDMBR’s pinnacle is situated way down in the southern part of [...]

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Big Mountains and the Big Empty: GDMBR Wyoming

  As we zipped past the towering peaks of the Tetons, hail pelted us with a devious force.  We were cold and under normal circumstances we’d have been miserable.  Not today.  The Tetons rose before us, and we were awestruck by their beauty. Finally, here were the views we’d been expecting from Great Divide Route.  [...]

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riding the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route

Great Divide Mountain Bike Route: Montana Moments

  The world’s longest off-road bicycle touring route: 2768.4 miles (4455.3 km) beginning in Banff, Canada and continuing across the spine of the continent all the way to the Mexican border. Crossing the Continental Divide thirty times, the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (GDMBR) is around 90% unpaved roads and trails.  Riders face over 200,000 feet (60,960 [...]

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Cycling Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route

Idaho Hot Springs Route

In 2014, Adventure Cycling unveiled what promised to be one of America’s most beautiful and challenging bicycles touring routes: the Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Biking Route. The Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route guides riders over and through the breathtaking landscape of central Idaho. From blue ribbon trout streams to sub-alpine terrain and cozy mountain [...]

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Biking Eastern Oregon: the Stunning Steens Mountain Loop

“The most stunning, unique route in Oregon.” Who’d want to miss that?  Not us.  Bikepacking Oregon’s enthusiastic praise had us sold: Steens Mountain is one of the most spectacular places anywhere.  The dramatic rise of this fault block mountain above the surrounding landscape and its impact on the topography, including the Alvord Desert and the Malhuer [...]

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Biking Oregon’s Old West Scenic Bikeway and Beyond

Private Road.  No Trespassing. We’d learned to love navigating with online maps, but his time they’d steered us wrong. Did we continue?  No way. We were riding Eastern Oregon, a place some claim is the Redneck Capital of America.  Most folks are packin’ and trespassing in these parts is a serious offense. We quickly disregarded [...]

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A Change of Plans: Bicycle Touring on Idaho’s Weiser River Trail

  “Those roads are probably still buried under three feet of snow.  You’ll have a tough time making it through.” The forest ranger in McCall confirmed what we’d begun to fear: it was still too early in the season to attempt the Idaho Hot Springs Route from Adventure Cycling. Eric and I let out simultaneous [...]

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Back in the USA- bicycle touring in Montana and Idaho

  One last ride across the University of Montana campus and we were ready to roll.   A familiar feeling of intense excitement mixed with melancholy swept over me.  Montana felt like home and it was hard to leave. I liked Missoula and its mélange of hipsters on clunky bikes and rednecks in humongous pickup trucks.  [...]

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