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.
|Boulder C-Store, a good stop for coffee
on a cold 28 degree morning.
|The last NOBO rider for Craig's trip to the border.
|A beautiful days ride enjoying the views of the Windy Mt. Range.
|Gift shop at South Pass had a few items to eat and drink.
|Atlantic City has all the amenities to enjoy
a comfortable nights sleep with a full belly.
|For a small town there's plenty of places to spend the night.
|Several Pioneer trails cross this segment.
|Ron and his support crew Paul,
following the Oregon Trail West to East.
|Craig's the little dot climbing up the 3rd hill.
|Diagnus Well, 22 miles South of Atlantic City.
Be on the lookout for the only road in the area on your right, heading West.
It's a two track Y on the right, follow it a ways to the Diagnus Well sign on your left.
|Diagnus Well. Craig is standing at the well
in the upper left hand corner of the picture.
|Camping is allowed outside the fence line.
|We left Diagnus Well with 7 liters of water each
and we were both out when we arrived at A&M Reservoir.
|Diagnus Well is the only water along this 85 mile stretch.
|Bison Basin Oil Camp. The only significant shade along the Great Basin.
A good spot for lunch. We looked for water but didn't find any.
|A&M Reservoir 2 miles off of route on Rd 22.
The lake is above you on the left on a rocky road to a flat parking lot.
You can't see the lake until you get to the parking lot.
Sitting near the sign is a great place to watch the sunset!
|Lake water and a place to pitch a tent, no bathrooms.
|My last GD sunrise.
|We roll out with the second group of ACA riders
that we met up with during our trip.
|Worked with 3 ACA riders as we fought a stiff headwind most of the day.
|Craig and I say Farewell as he pushes on and finishes 25 days later!
Congrats Craig! It was a pleasure riding with you!
|My brother Matt drives 860 miles to pick me up and drive me home!
In Loving Memory, Matt Brasby, 1955-2022.