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The Nevada Creek Fire erupted Wednesday, July 31, 2019 resulting in the closure of South Fork of the Poorman and Marsh Creek Road east of Stemple Pass Road.

Here is the incident report website:

Barbara and I run a cyclist cabin on Marsh Creek Road, 3.3 miles south of the Marsh Creek Road closure.

To avoid riding on MT200 and MT279, I suggest the following alternative (obviously, reverse for northbounders):

1) Out of Lincoln, take the GDMBR Stemple Pass bypass route to Stemple Pass.
2) After reaching the pass, continue on Stemple Pass Road for approximately 6.5 miles downhill to Gravelly Range Road on your right. I believe there is a sign marking this road.
3) Continue on Gravelly Range Road for approximately 5 miles to Gravelly Range Lake Road on your right. This road is NOT marked. You will do a  downhill section, cross a creek then Gravelly Range Lake Road will be about 100 yards beyond the creek. It is a very sharp right turn uphill.
4) Continue on Gravelly Range Lake Road for approximately 2.3 miles to rejoin the GDMBR at Marsh Creek Road. The junction is NOT marked but just continue downhill.

Our cabins are just 0.3 miles south from the junction of Gravelly Range Lake Road and Marsh Creek Road.

The Gravelly Range roads entail about 1000' of climbing. It is all unmaintained dirt roads in fairly decent condition.

I have attached a .KMZ file which shows the route (along with a track down to the MT279 which you should ignore ... change the file extension to .kmz ...).

As with all fire closures, I have no idea how long the closure will be in effect.

If you have any questions, please call us at 406-368-2226.

Keep riding! Don't give due to this closure! We look forward to seeing you at our place!



Enjoy an irresistible tale of one man’s solo, 1504.5 mile bicycle journey from a cul-de-sac in Thornton, Colorado, to the Canadian Border north of Eureka, Montana, following the Adventure Cycling Association’s Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (GDMBR). Ride with John From Denver as he experiences the desolation of Wyoming’s Great Basin, remote backcountry forest roads, the beauty of scenic landscapes few have experienced. Share in the miracles of every encounter with fellow travelers who helped salvage his trip when mechanical failures threatened to end his quest for the border. For those considering the ride, learn about the equipment that worked … and didn’t work.

A wonderful mix of humor, insight, and adventure!
Accolades continue to pour in for The Last Northbounder: A Mostly Truthful Account of John (from) Denver Riding a Bike 1504.5 Miles to Canada:

“WOW! I love how he writes.  Still confused about his home/wife situation but what a cool guy! Just love him!”

“I read and loved the “magnum opus”! It’s great …. Easy to read, nice flow, fun, enjoyable, light, informative, and just all around very interesting.”

“long, warm, funny and quite interesting.  Not the run of the mill …”

“There is an intimacy in what and how you write. You have a gift to say so much more than, 'the sunrise was lovely today', so the words  bounce off the page.”

“By the way John, I would never forget our magical evening together!”

“... [she] just loves your writings. She just chuckles and talks about it and puts you somewhere close to Hemingway!”

The book is available for free!!! Two ways to read:

1)      Hit this Issuu The Last Northbounder link right now! This will take you to the reader. Should be pretty self‑explanatory on how to read the book: hit the right arrow to advance through the book, hit the left arrow to backtrack through the book. You can go to a specific page by clicking in the area between the arrows that displays the current page and type in a number.

Could it be any easier? Probably …

2)      Read/Download using this Google Drive The Last Northbounder link If you use this link you will get the Google PDF reader; you don’t want to use this reader because I can’t seem to get it into the proper 2 page mode. Rather, either hit the word Open to the right of the Adobe symbol OR hit the down arrow to the right of the little printer symbol to download it.

When you read this document with Adobe Reader, you have to make two configuration changes to the reader to take full advantage of Nick’s spectacular publishing work:

1) Hit View … Page Display … Two Page View. Click if not checked.
2) Hit View … Page Display … Show Cover Page in Two Page View. Click if not checked.

If it’s hard to read the book in this configuration, you can click the Fit Window to Width and enable scrolling button. The book will fill your screen which should make it easier to read, you’ll miss out on some of Nick’s cool publication features, but every single word will be there!

If you enjoy the book, please pass the links on to your friends. You can add comments below … we will add any good “blurbs” to this posting!

New to the forum ...

... not new to the GDMBR ... rode 1504.5 miles from Denver to the Canadian border last fall.

I wrote a book about my adventure, a mix of humor, insight, gear info, etc. Book is totally free ... I want to post links to the book so people considering the ride might read it and find some useful information that will make their trip more fun.

The forum guidelines are to only do one posting, so I'd like to locate the post with the links in the correct forum.

So, my question:

What would be the best forum to post the links?

Thanks for your guidance!

John From Denver

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