About the Ride

The Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (GDMBR) is a 2,700 off-pavement trail crisscrossing the Continental Divide north to south.  It follows the actual Continental Divide as closely as possible, and crosses the actual divide about 3o times.  In total, it has over 200,000 feet of elevation gain.

This is not the same trail as the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) which a lot of my wonderful thru-hiker friends are on right now.  The CDT is a 3,100 mile hiking trail that is much more gnarly and remote than what I’m doing.  Hikers often end up in the same towns that the GDMBR riders end up in.  I’m hoping to see a lot of my hiker friends in town!

The northern terminus is in Banff, Alberta, Canada, and the southern terminus is at the USA/Mexico border crossing in Antelope Wells, NM. The entire route is basically dirt-road and mountain-pass riding every day.  It is about 80% jeep and dirt forest service trails, 10% singletrack, and 10% pavement riding.

Great_Divide_Mountain_Bike_Route

The GDMBR is routed through a variety of terrain and geographic features.  On route, riders will encounter isolated river valleys, mountain forests, wide open grasslands, high desert, and, the end of the ride, a section of the Chihuahuan Desert.

I will be starting my ride on July 12th (I leave Hawaii on the 10th, arrive in Calgary on the 11th, and will start in Banff on the 12th), and will finish by early October at the latest.  Unlike my 2012 PCT Thru-hike, I’m not too focused on logistics, mainly because this trail passes by/through towns a lot more often than the hiking trail did, and so food will be a lot easier to come by.  I will not be sending myself food packages this time; instead I will just purchase items as needed.

For more info about this trail check out Adventure Cycling Association’s page: http://www.adventurecycling.org/routes-and-maps/adventure-cycling-route-network/great-divide-mountain-bike-route/

Advertisements

15 thoughts on “About the Ride

  1. Mahalo for your inspiration Keala. You’re a good writer. Anxious to hear from your next entry. Good ridings! It must be incredible. I love how you appreciate nature and life to the max.

  2. Read about your ride in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. I think what you’re doing is fanatastic! I’m also a bike rider and also have a distant, tenuous relationship with Cherry Blossom Revue in that my surf band has done a couple events with Shelly of CBR. Good luck and have fun!

    • Hi Byron! Thanks for commenting! The ride so far is great! I just crossed the border and am back in the USA. Shelly isn’t a part of Cherry Blossom Cabaret anymore, since the beginning of the year. Yay for surf bands! Which band do you play with? We are doing another show with Men In Grey Suits sometime this month or next, I think.

      Aloha!

      Keala Fung

  3. Was great running into you in Corbin(ghost town) at the end of the road. Derek and I (Lannie) were very surprised to see you there and wish you a safe Journey. You are a brave soul!

  4. Hi Keala,
    Sounds like you are having a lot of fun. You write very well–I feel like I’m on the trip with you. Look forward to hearing more about your travels. Ride safe!
    Mike Lau (Kaimuki)

  5. Dear Keala,
    Do you know you can adjust your bike seat? Flip over the Trek bike. You’ll see 2 14 mm. Bolts.
    Seat can slide horizontally back or forth ( or vertically like a hummingbird ) on side rails.

    Try to position the seat to allow you to be an extension of the bike frame’s vertical tube-
    As though you’re prepared to do a “flip-turn” at the swimming pool “T” mark painted 0N
    The Bottom.!

    Yellowstone photos were wonderful- like a Korean painting. So was your “beneath the
    Arcade “photo of Old Faithful which I saw with my Family in the late 1950’s. Aunt. Catherine
    Lived in Casper, Wyoming. She leased land from the government. Then re-leased is to
    Ranchers. Dad went to Colorado School of Mines, later Stanford Business School,’50
    After WW2 service in Alaska , building Alkan Highway with Army Corps of Engineers Major.

    Senator Edward Kennedy came to Wyoming to campaign for JFK . When he arrived at a
    Town everyone was gone! They were at the rodeo so away he went. The cowboys asked
    Him if he’d. Like to ride “skyrocket” and he did – BRIEFLY! Later at the. Democratic
    Convention it was Wyoming that put JFK IN THE RACE FOR PRESIDENT,

    TheColor. I’m. getting from your photos is outstanding, like a Francisco Goya painting
    Of the countryside. He pained royalty, to , even scenes from the “madhouse” ! I got
    The cloud -tablet from Ruth Hazel @ Hawaiian Properties. When I signed my apartment
    Lease, bless her generous heart and Yours as We’ll. Did you hear the remains of the
    Catholic Saint were returned to Hawaii from New York State- to the Off-Bethel St. Catholic
    Church visible from my apartment.?(sister MARY COPE)

    BUTTERFIELD. IS A GREAT PET . I HOPE YOU READ MY NOTE BEFORE LONG.

    Google Reverend Ryan Kalama. For an Inspirational reminder of Hawaii !, He went to
    Alaska on church assignment , 2012, via British Columbia, Princess Cruise Lines,
    Won Talent contest singing Hawaiian song(s).

    Yours Truly,
    Chas. ( 7:25 am )

    If you flip the bike over be sure to crank the wheel a few times to observe

  6. Hi Keala
    This is Dave from the Augustina’s Winery tent at the Salida Wine Festival. My wife, Gussie and I are psyched to have met another mountain bike tourist. We rode the same route down into Salida a few years ago, and had a similar reaction: Amazing views, and what a downhill…Wheeeeee! I’m looking forward to following you along the rest of your ride. Safe travels, and thanks for stopping by the booth. By the way, where did you put the sticker I gave you?

    • Hi Dave! Thanks for commenting!! 😀 I haven’t put the sticker anywhere yet, but it will go on one of my framebags somewhere. So glad to meet fellow cyclists and wine lovers!! Thank you for being at the festival! If you ever make it to Oahu, Hawaii, let me know! Lots of epic riding 🙂

  7. Hi Keala,
    Congratulations on finishing your ride. Glad to see you finished in one piece. Please take care and have a safe trip home!! Let us know what you missed most about home.

Please leave a comment! :)

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s