In July 2015, Shane and I will...
· Quit our jobs
· Rent out our house
· Sell Herb the X-Trail
· Sell as much of our stuff as we can, and put the rest into storage
· And jump on a plane with our bikes, on a 1 way ticket to Vancouver, Canada!
What happens when we arrive in Vancouver?
Then we start the BIG one...
- We jump on a bus to Whistler to spend 2 weeks exploring the MTB park and surrounds with our good mate Vaughan, playing on our bikes.
- Then we wave farewell to Vaughano, and cycle our loaded bikes the 900kms from Whistler to Banff, probably via Kamloops, on the road. Probably making friends with bears. Probably hurting cause its the longest either of us have ridden ever!
The famous Great Divide MTB Route, the long distance bicycle touring route from Banff in Canada, to Antelope Wells on the border of the USA and Mexico.
- 2745 miles (4418 km) long.
- Following the Continental Divide as closely as practicable and crossing it 30 times
- Through Alberta, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico.
- About 90% of the GDMBR is on unpaved roads and trails and requires basic off-pavement riding skills to complete. The unpaved portions of the route range from high quality dirt or gravel roads to a few short sections of unmaintained trails which may not be possible for most people to ride at all.
- Over 200,000 feet (60,960 meters) of elevation gain and loss (thats like climbing Everest nearly 7 times)
How long is it gonna take?
Will we ride the whole way?
Where will we stay?
How remote will we be?
What will we eat?
What riding experience do we have?
Will something eat us while we camp in the wild?
Most likely, yes! Bears are our number one predator. We are expecting to see plenty of black bears, and hopefully no grizzlys! Theres a number of precautions we need to take, including hanging food from trees at night, carrying pepper spray and blowing a whistle all day every day whilst riding through bear country. Shane’s working on the theory that he doesn’t need to be fast, he just needs to be faster than me! He’s also determined that the book about our adventures isn’t worth writing unless I lose a limb to a bear, and he rescues me......I love his loving concern for me!!!
Then theres rattlesnakes, wolves, mountain lions and prairie dogs.......all out to get us. ‘Cept maybe not prarie dogs, those little dudes are so so cute, like mini-meerkats! But hey we are from Australia, we should be used to being bottom of the food chain shouldn’t we??
What happens once we hit Mexico?
Yes we do already have an amazing life, but ultimately, like many of us, we are simply working to pay the bills. And we have itchy feet. Both of us separately spent 4+ years in our 20’s travelling the world, and thats not something you forget easily. Plus Melbourne traffic sucks big time...arrggghhh traffic! And given we are not having kids, well, the question should be Why Not?!!