Colorado! Snow and brutal cycling conditions.

Made it to Colorado! Started in Rawlins, WY and had an extremely tough day today; snowing heavily, lots of elevation, cold, muddy tracks destroying my gears, 80 to 90 miles… No place I’d rather be. Started at first light and arrived at Brush Mountain Lodge in the dark. Stopping for lunch Aspen Alley (8500 feet…

Winter snapping at my heels

Quick update. Currently in Pinedale, Wyoming. The passes are getting higher and higher (up to 9,500 feet) and it’s getting colder and colder. I feel like I’m still on the trail by the skin of my teeth, with winter snapping at my heels and gradually over taking me. The next 3 or 4 days to…

First snow camp – Eureka to Ovando

Camping just after the pass at around 6000 feet between Clearwater Lake and Seeley Lake. The snow slowed me down significantly so I ran out of daylight and it became too dark to descend safely. After making the mistake of leaving them in the vestibule of my tent over night, my shoes became ice blocks…

Grizzly Bear Highway

After saying goodbye to my new friends in Corbin I set off at around 10am well fed and rested; an unusual feeling on this trip. I had been advised of a lot of grizzlies in this section and that it was extremely remote so I planned to stay in a cabin en route that evening.…

Corbin – heading into the unknown

Ok I wrote this a few days ago when I had no reception in the back country: After stocking my body up on pizza, I headed off up the 4 km hill from Elkford. Having had nearly 2 weeks of sunshine, the sudden rain storm was an acceptable hardship but my feet and legs were…

First days on the Divide

Having been through some phenomenal country in Alaska, I thought I had been through the best my trip would have to offer. However two days into cycling down the Great Dividing Range (aka Continental Divide in the US), I am blown away by some of the country I am passing through. As some of you…

Banff – Starting down the Continental Divide

Very quick update as need to keep moving, I’ll have to do some back posts at a future date. Have reached Banff and now ready to start down the epic Great Dividing Range. In some ways this could be the toughest challenge to date. Labelled as the ‘longest off road bike route in the world’,…

Tok to Kluane Lake, finally some company

The 438 miles on the bicycle from Tok to Kluane Lake and on to Haines were on empty tarmac roads through rolling hills and mountain passes. Different to my previous adventures in Alaska where I have been on mostly dirt track in more remote areas, the miles passed easily and swiftly with a sense of…

Why did the bear rip up my tent?

This is a question that commonly gets asked when I recount my bear attack story on the Dalton (original posting detailing bear attack). Still camping wild I’ve found myself contemplating this question wondering what I could have done differently to have avoided the situation altogether.  Although it’s hard to say for sure I’ve come up…