2023 Continental Divide
The Great Divide, or Continental Divide, is a spectacular off-road route stretching across both Canada and the United States of America. Starting in the picturesque town of Banff, Alberta and finishing at Antelope, New Mexico at the Mexico/US border, this 5000 KM long route holds over 45,000 meters of elevation gains over its entirety (equal to summiting Mount Everest from sea level 5 times).
We plan to take on this challenge June 17, 2023 with self-supported bike packing – meaning all necessary supplies such as a tent, sleeping bag, cooking stove and emergency items must be carried on our bikes as we go. Taking on such a difficult journey requires extra precautions against possible mechanicals or unexpected weather conditions where we may need to find alternative transportation or shelter. We must also plan considering the remoteness of many of the hidden parts of this trip: food and water availability along the route must be considered before we embark!
We have done everything to make sure our upcoming ride remains enjoyable and safe. We have taken a wilderness survival first aid course and created an emergency plan that we can draw from should any of us become injured or sick along the way. Along with this, the distance we aim to cover each day – about 100 km – should give us sufficient time to capture the beautiful scenes, take pictures and post updates through blogs for all those supporting us. Our days on the road will be long as we also need some extra time at each stop to pitch the tent and cook our meals, but with all these precautionary measures in place, we are confident of experiencing a great adventure.
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