In 2021, cycling buddy Paul Brasby rode the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route with me from Roosville, Montana to Rawlins, Wyoming, where he ran out of vacation time. During those unforgettable 24 days, we rode 1,300 miles of back roads over every kind of surface and condition, repeatedly climbing high mountain passes and crossing endless prairie, skirting rampant forest fires and steaming grizzly scat, dodging thunderstorms and lightening, and meeting a stream of interesting people.
|Enjoying a hot meal before we head out
for a very scenic day on the bike!
|Good morning sunshine!
Looking westward from Hansen Ranch.
|Riding along Medicine Lodge Road
to Sheep Creek divide crossing.
|NOBO riders Allie & Race from Fargo, ND.
|The climb to Sheep Creek Divide.
|Craig riding along the Salmon Challis National Forest
on Medicine Lodge Road.
|Big Sheep Creek Canyon Road.
A beautiful 15 mile windy canyon road
as you head toward Lima.
|We meet up with Tobias from Ohio,
as we roll in Lima on Westside frontage road along I-15.
|After a goodnight sleep at Jan's Cabins
located behind her restaurant,
we hit the road with 8 SOBO riders.
|Riding with three guys on Lima Dam Road
that we nicknamed the "Three Amigos."
Mike from San Diego, Rich from NY, Gary from Indiana.
|It's a small world.
We ride with Andi & Robb, a couple from Colorado.
This pic was taken when Craig & Robb realize they
had worked at the same Firm together 20 years earlier.
|Enjoying the views on South Valley Road.
|Upper Red Rock Campground was a great overnight!
|Spring water, bear boxes, bathrooms,
and a handful of shady campsites.
|The scenery gets better by the day!
|We say goodbye to Montana and hello to Idado.
|We celebrate our 15 day trek across Montana.
|One state down, four more to go for Craig.
|We stopped at the Red Rock RV park for a cup of coffee.
They said if we were crazy enough to ride the Divide, the coffee was free!
|The roads quickly changed in Idaho.
|We find ourselves weaving around water puddles
for several miles soon after the RV park
to the Yellowstone Branch Line Trail head.
|FYI. If you want to mail a food package, the P.O. in Island Park
is a great place to send it to. You'll turn left onto Hwy 20 off of FR134B.
The P.O is on your left, along with a bank and C-store.
|Yellowstone Branch Line Trail.
|NOBO Mike and Tom from Brooklyn.
|Going around the closed tunnel on the YLBT.
|Left to right ... Ron, Craig, Tobias, Franz & I.
|Hiker/Biker campsites at Warm River Campground.
The river was refreshing! Water, bathrooms & bear boxes.