Mountain - Plains - Riding Great Divide Trail alone good idea?
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I found this and http://www.adventurecycling.org/routes/greatdivide.cfm
and got fascinated with the idea. However I am not sure if it is a good idea to ride this alone. I have done a couple bike trips including a transalp tour last year. However, Europe is not as remote as the rocky mountains. What do you think? It is reasonable?
06-20-09, 07:03 PM
I think you should ask this question on the touring forum here and at adventure cycling's forum and on www.crazyguyonabike.com, you'll have a better chance of finding folks who have done it. also search for great divide journals on crazyguy, i know there are some there, to get more of an idea of what it's like.
It's my understanding that it's a mostly non-technical trail, with frequent crossings into "civilization" for supplies. I know people do it solo (met one in MT), but obviously you would be adding the risk that a simple injury or broken bike could become serious because there won't be anyone around to help.
06-20-09, 09:11 PM
I would do it, and I may. I do a lot of solo backpacking and cycling in the rockies. When I am going remote, I carry a SPOT Messenger (http://www.findmespot.com/en/). It is an affordable way to have that extra bit of confidence. Most people who die in the backcountry sustain a fairly minor injury and then perish from lack of treatment. The SPOT gives you the ability to call for help and there is a great extraction insurance option to cover the costs.
That said, the best use it letting your loved ones know that you are ok. I press the "I'm OK" button every night when I get into camp and every morning when I set out. It sends email and text messages to your chosen people.
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