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    Anyone Interested in a Great Divide Tour This Summer?

    I've been seriously contemplating a tour on the Great Divide Route this summer. For safety reasons, I don't want to go alone. I would like to find a group to do it with.

    My plan would be to start at the Canadian Border in about mid-June and head south for 2-3, possibly 4 weeks. My daily mileages on road tours tend to be short - average around 50-55 with shorter days common; longer days less common. I'm reading Mike McCoy's book on the GDMBR and his days' legs seem doable, so that would be a starting point. My point is that I'm not a hammerhead and don't want to be, so someone whose idea of fun is to start riding at dawn and pound out the miles until sundown would not be happy touring with me.

    I've put out the word on the CrazyGuy website and have received a few replies, but nothing is set yet. I'm not even sure I'll actually do this, because I have other ideas for a summer tour, but if I found a hale and hearty group wanting to go, I'd be hard-pressed to say no.

    Is there any interest? Reply here or send me a personal message.

    Thanks.

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    Last year I hooked up with a group of 14 who left from Eureka July1. After several weeks we parsed into 2-4 person groups. We got organized from an ad placed by one of the participants in the ACA Companions Wanted section.

    See my blog below for details - especially the part about (not?) traveling alone.

    Oh, the McCoy itinerary is very doable, but rely on the ACA map instead. The current edition is replete with errors.

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    If you haven't already done so, try to get a copy of the Tour the Divide DVD. It's an excellent documentary about the race version of this ride and will whet your appetite. I hope to do part of the trip in the summer of 2012 or 2013. I can only get away for 10 days to 2 weeks max, so I can't do it all. Good luck and keep us updated!

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    I was hoping to do the divide trail w/ACA in mid July, but I'm on the hook for work from mid July to mid August. I to didn't want to try it alone. If your plans work out to be more late June/early July, keep me posted. I'd really like to try it in early Sept, for cooler weather.

    What kind of mileage does McCoy avg/day? My road mileage matches yours and I'm interested in stopping and taking photos/the view vs putting up big mileage. I'll have to get McCoy's book and do some dreaming.
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    I've got the book, I've got the DVD, and I've got the first couple of maps. I've got a suitable bike. I'm just leery of doing it alone.

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    i also have been preparing to explore this trail....
    have also thought about doing this ride with another...
    have even thought of doing it by myself if i cannot find another...
    drop me a line....conifir at gmail dot com

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