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 48 - THE END. MEXICO!!

This is it. The final day! It wasn't too hard to find motivation this morning to get on the saddle. But in classic fashion, we realized we didn't have too far to pedal today so we milked the morning and slept in...  We said our goodbyes to Lilly and took off for the border.  The ride into El Paso was much more beautiful than anticipated.  We took a back road which curved through all types of farming land.  The majority of the day was spent amidst vast pecan farms.  We zoomed into El Paso and headed for the border.  This was sort of confusing because there are three border crossings, all of which we were warned not to go over.... Didn't leave us with much of a choice.  We decided to take the main crossing as it likely has better pedestrian crossings.  We were in a long line of traffic before we decided to just find a sidewalk and zoom by the motionless cars.

Getting into Mexico was unbelievable.  We literally just continued biking, looking for a check-in or customs, but we never met this.  Just guards with guns telling us to keep biking.  Before you know it, we were in Mexico without once having to show ID.  So all those movies are realistic, afterall...

We didn't spend too much time in Juarez - basically just taking a few pics and turning around to return to Texas.  Getting back into the US was a little bit more difficult, but all in all the border crossings were much more pleasing that we had anticipated.

And there it is.  The trip is finished.  We both (silently) had our doubts about finishing this journey. Day after day in Alberta, helping eachother hobble off the bikes while our legs are cramping were the source of many doubts.  The great basin of Wyoming ate our spirts, the 15 mile climbs in Colorado were challenging, but somehow us two kids from Moncton, NB conquered the Divide.  We couldn't be any happier with the outcome and the journey to get us here.  It couldn't have been done without the support of all our friends and family at home and afar.  The only thing I think we would have changed is an earlier ban on apricots.  Thanks for reading and keeping up with our adventure!  It was a pleasure sharing.

Geoff confused about these mountain things

Pecan farm



The beginning of the end

Pick your side

The sign makes our bikes look clean

The dummies did it. they did it


The largest cast copper statue in the world

Making this the largest cast copper penis in the world


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