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Old 21 May 2006
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Continental Divide Ride

Hello fellow HUer’s. I’m planning my big summer ride and the Continental Divide is looking good. I want to do a North to South ride. Take around 10-14 days.
I’m a very experienced rider. 37 years old with 30 years riding under the belt.
I like to camp every few days, but mostly like to get a hotel if possible.
(I do like a cold , hot shower and soft bed at the end of a long days ride).
I’m a quick rider but will be taking my time to enjoy the ride. Thinking late Aug.
Anyone out there thinking the same thing?
Drop me a line and let’s discuss.
Thanks in advance,
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I'll be riding out there from Seattle next week for ten days of riding. If your looking for route ideas for the Colorado portion, check these guys out. The Colorado COG site (COG=Concours Owners Group) has some great routes; in particular, check out the link down the left side for "Ride the Divide"

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Do u like to hike? Or at least have 20-50$ you can live with out?

If so to either of the above I would drop Jonathan Ley a line and a “donation” for his CDT maps. This is a hiking route not a biking route. BUT they are the same in many areas. AND they have a lot more information. (Water, paragraphs, old ruins, etc)

Check out:
or if you have questions, I am all ears.

BUT I have yet to do it by motorcycle, only by foot.

Hope this helps
Take care
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Continental Divide Route

Riding the CDR on August 15, 2008. Will take 10 to 14 days. Have maps GPS and roll chart north to south. Non- Camper. I also like a soft bed and a at the end of the day. What do you think? contact me direct at Blamr4@comcast.net

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Continental divide ride

I have taken this route from Eureka on the Canadian border to the Denver area. You might want to add a few more days in. You do not say what you are riding but I did it on a honda XR650L and it was a hoot. I did it alone and I would not recommend it alone as some areas are very hard to find the way. I would consider taking it from Denver south if that fits into your plans. You can drop me a email direct at ssa2@yahoo.com
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Great Divide

Chris.....I took this route to the 05 HU mtg in Buena Vista...Here's a link to a few pics etc.

Great Divide Route

I went in July....solo....was a great run...took 6 days Border to Buena Vista...

Have a look at Clement Salvador's comments about the route being the best in NA or Doug Hackney's or Luv2Lean's reports (links on the above page)

"Pipe's also got a thread goin....as he's thinkin of an October start. Brrrr...


PS. I think "Weise' links are to the hiking trail, not the Bike Route.

Here's the link to the Adventure Cycling Association who pioneered the bike route. Mike McCoy's book provides most of the needed info.

Great Divide on a Bike!
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Last Summer (08) my son and I rode the CDR. We started at the North end and travelled South. We had two weeks of time available and that included driving out from St. Paul, MN. So in reality we only had about 10 days on the trail.

We only travelled on the trail from Canada to Pinedale WY. which is about half of the total distance of the CDR. That probably seems like we didn't get very far. And that is true compared with other riders I've talked with. While we were on the trail we drove slow, soaked up all the beauty we could, stopped often, took hundreds of pictures and in general had a very relaxing and enjoyable time.

From my perspective, trying to do entire CDR in two weeks means that you'll need to be travelling pretty fast and not stopping very often. I'm sure it is a wonderful trip either way.

Because we took about 500 pictures I have been able to re-live that trip numerous times over this past long, cold winter.

Good luck on your trip.

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