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Offline windrath

Great Divide Section Feedback
« on: September 26, 2013, 03:46:58 pm »
I am interested in riding the Great Divide in 3 segments across three summers (20-30 days each summer).  Is there such a thing on the Great Divide route as an easier segment than the others?  Just don't want to bite off more than I can chew.

Thanks for your perspective and keep in mind, I am 60 in good condition, have ridden cross country, through Alaska and Canada, can handle lots of climbing (albeit slowly), and comfortable with being alone.


Re: Great Divide Section Feedback
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2013, 02:46:45 pm »
Hey Paul,

I rode the Divide a couple summer back and thought each section presented a unique challenge, but from my perspective, southern Colorado and New Mexico was the hardest. Maybe it was because I was nearing the end of the tour and wearing down, but the climbs seemed steeper and rockier in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico, and the New Mexico desert may have been the most remote section on the route. The heat and lack of water available over a few stretches also make that a hard section. Going into it fresh might make a difference.

If I had to pick an easiest section, I might give that to the middle section (Wyoming/northern Colorado). You need to be prepared with water for the Great Basin, but the road surfaces were overall pretty good, and the major climbs were spaced out nicely that you could get a good break in between them.

I think should throw a fourth segment in there and do the Canada/Montana portion twice ;D