When you dream of something for more than a decade, expectations are correspondingly high. Over the years, we’d crossed paths with scores of cyclists who’d gushed about the sublime beauty of the Pamirs.Most of them left out the part about
The Good Ole’ DaysI hate having choices. A decade ago, when we first began touring through Africa, route planning was far more clear-cut. Studying our Michelin Africa map usually turned up just one possible route, perhaps two options in more
Changing ContinentsThere’s something disconcerting about jetting half way around the world by plane when you’re more accustomed to rolling slowly across continents.Not that the flight between New York and Kazakhstan was all that quick. From take-off time at JFK to
I was down to my last half liter of water. Bumping along a rough track in the Arizona desert, this lack of H2o was some cause for distress. We ought to be passing a ranch about now.But where was it?
Most cyclists dream of biking through massive mountain ranges. The Carreterra Austral in the Andes, the Leh-Manali road through the Indian Himalayas and Central Asia’s Pamir Highway consistently top the lists of favorite cycling spots.Desert cycling rarely makes the cut.
We were stuck on the border between Mexico and the United States. Officials on the American side didn’t see reason to let my French husband back in the country.No, Eric hadn’t done anything wrong. He’s got a B-2 visitor visa
The Final HurdlesAfter conquering Great Divide Route’s highest point, Indiana Pass at 11,910 feet, you’d think riders could let out a sigh of relief. The tough stuff as over. They’d glide across New Mexico and sail across the Mexcian border
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
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
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