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 45 - Pie Town to Magdelina

We awoke this morning and spent the AM hanging out with Mike.  This guy was awesome.  This was his third and final leg at the Divide (we met a lot of people who break the trip up into a 3 or 4 year adventure).  Mike looked like he could do the entire route in a day, though.  The man looked like a marine.

The pie place opened at 10am so the three of us went to see what it's all about.  We split a pie three ways and the chatter stopped until every last blueberry was gone. Worth every penny.

The town and the Toaster House was just too cool to leave early, so the two of us said bye to Mike and ended up hanging out there until 4pm or so.  We only had a 50 mile day or so until Magdelina.  We did this as an afternoon/evening ride.  We rode through this giant 25 mile wide basin that was home to two national observatories.  One of which was a giant telescope, the other being an array of 50 or so X-Ray imaging things.

sunrise on the balcony

The Toaster House!!! A true oasis

Savant Geoff posing under a string of shoes hikers have left behind.

the penthouse penthouse


Blueberry n Peach

Bumper stickers the pie crew gave us.  Bikes don't have bumpers and poor kids don't have cars - watch out mom n dad.

Only found this in the morning! Stocked fridge that all hikers and bikers are welcome to.


This is Nita, the lady behind all the magic.

Ride into Magdelina

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