After ending Day 1 at 7 pm at an impromptu camping location, with a “No Camping” sign, we awoke the next morning at about 7 am and departed camp around 945 am. The campsite was located about 200 yds off a sometimes busy, and always dusty road.
Just as we got to the road, a Park Ranger came by —- busted. She asked where we camped for the night, and we explained that while we intended to camp in a designated, area, we ran out of time and energy (JD!) and just couldn’t go on. She was sympathetic and gave us some friendly advice and sent us on our way.
After quite few miles on that dusty road, with cars speeding by at 40 to 50 mph, we then started a strenuous climb to our first Continental divide crossing. The climb was sometimes too steep to ride – in fact too steep for even unloaded mountain bikes, let alone our heavily loaded rigs.
But eventually we crested the ridge and then began a long mostly- downhill descent to a beautiful primitive campground along a great stream, which was our source for replenishing our water (using our water filters) as well as a location for getting cleaned up!!
The sun sets up here at about 9:30 pm and the glow in the sky lasts past 10:30 pm but we got to bed about 10 pm and enjoyed a good night’s sleep.
Totals for day 2: 37 miles and 3,000′ climbing
Our first crossing: Elk Creek Pass:
A VERY dusty road:
5 thoughts on “Day two of the GDMBR and our first crossing of the Continental Divide!”
You’re doing great! Stay focused – enjoy day 4! We’re so thankful for the Spot check ins.
Dave , I am really enjoying the Blog and I am a little envious , although it looks like a tough ride.
You are both looking good. Gene K.
Off to a rough start usually means a good ending (you will be ready for a good ending). Pictures are great. Keep in mind it is a journey not a race and please don’t push your daily grind to often. FISH MORE!
I agree with Ken – FISH MORE – it occurs to me that cold streams might make sore muscles/joints feels better also. Steady goes, don’t grit the grind; it will take a little time to get in sync. Keep the beautiful photos coming.
Would enjoy talking when all is done about the trailer design/configuration (e.g. small tire diameter, weight distribution off the rear bike tire, etc.)
It’s beautiful! Stay out of trouble, haha!!