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The Great Divide bike trail was started by Adventure Cycling , a non-profit organization that charts one of the largest networks of cycling routes at over 40,ooo miles of trails.

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Their mission is to. We help cyclists explore the landscapes and history of America for fitness, fun, and self-discovery. The route, which roughly parallels the Continental Divide, is not for the faint of heart. Divided into 5 geographic regions, the trail crosses through some of the most diverse terrains a cyclist could encounter with long stretches of no services.

According to Adventure Cycling, one-third of the overnights are considered wilderness sites and most others are forest sites with pit toilets and a water supply.

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This is why they call it bikepacking. Trail conditions vary with the terrain from pavement and gravel roads to singletrack mountain trails and old railroad beds and can be tough on bikes. Most cyclists travel from north to south and the entire route is typically completed in about 3 months. Other cyclists just bike portions of the trail or go back to complete a different section each trip, much like hikers do on the Appalachian Trail.

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Nov 19, Jeffrey B Frey rated it it was amazing. No Anchor This collection of stories of Willie's travels truly inspires you to want to break free from what holds you down and see the world. Jun 17, Ronald Ward rated it it was amazing.

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Excellent short stories from a great, seasoned writer. The book's chapters are broken into stories of the travels of Willie, a writer for Adventure Cyclist magazine. Willie does an excellent job of describing each country traveled. He has a way of making the reader feel as if they are part of the adventure. Besides being a handcyclist myself and part of the cycling community, I think anyone who enjoys a good adventure story would enjoy this book. Nov 14, Blue rated it it was amazing.

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Absolutely loved this book. One of the better travel writings I've come across, couldn't put it down. Ttmetro rated it liked it Jan 21, Nicholas rated it it was amazing Apr 17, Stewart rated it really liked it Jul 22, Tony Verderaime rated it liked it Dec 30, Alexa rated it it was amazing Sep 21, Joe rated it really liked it Jan 24, Robert Goodman rated it really liked it Sep 30, Alice Stribling rated it liked it Jul 12, Adam rated it it was amazing Apr 07, Nelson Smith rated it it was amazing Jan 13, You may map out your route before hitting the road but that can quickly change and transform your intended experience.

When you view the world from a saddle you take in the big and little things at a pace that allows you to interact with whatever crosses your path. Adventure Cycling Association asked several known Adventure Cyclists to share an experience that was made possible when traveling by bike.

Travels with Willie: Adventure Cyclist by Willie Weir

Here are 10 authentic moments from 10 folks who love traveling by bike. While pedaling along the banks of the Mekong in Laos and Cambodia, we met kids who had never seen an automobile. Instagram: willie. I experienced more than miles of gorgeous Black Hills back country while traveling by bike on South Dakota's Mickelson Trail. Virtually all of it I would have missed had I been in a car, because the trail is off-limits to motor vehicles. Instagram: adventurecycling. While riding through Baja California, Mexico we were invited to a state mountain bike championship in Vicente Guerrero.

There were even toddlers on Striders with number plates on their handlebars! Instagram: nicholascarman. On bike tours, I've made lifelong friendships built on a bond of adventure, hardihood, capability, humor and trust.

On many, many road trips, I've never reached that level of camaraderie and joie de vivre.