Iohan Gueorguiev
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New Mexico Border to Abiquiu, NM New Mexico welcomed me with some rocky roads (even for GDMBR standards) and rain. I guess the roads here can't hold much water and soon I was wishing for more rocks. At worst the wheels picked up so much mud that they won’t turn, I had to carry the bike. Pedaling was out of the question, as the drivetrain was full of mud and tiny rocks.

With the rain and the cold, this made for a tough day. It came at a good time too, just as I was thinking that things will be easy after the Colorado Trail.

Cold but rainless morning with some rolling hills and lots of cows took me to yet another mud section. After hopelessly carrying the bike for 100 yards, I turned up toward the forest and carried it off the road. Cleared the mud as much as I can and pushed parallel to the road.

Upon reaching hwy 64, I decided to go on a "pavement retreat", Trois Piedros seemed like an interesting town to eat a burger then go and the wind was blowing that way too!

It was all downhill after town too, Abiquiu was within reach but finding camping in towns is tough. I set up near a wash close to the road as dark clouds gathered and the wind started gusting.

LoL. Lots of lightning and lots of thunder but no rain  yet. I rode downhill to Abiquiu and then had the green chilli cheeseburger - best burger in the lower 48!!!

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  • What was the genesis moment or inspiration for the upcoming adventure? After starting the GDMBR in mid-October and having to hop out in December at Colorado, I always wondered if I would ever get a second chance. Later I learned of the first bike ride of the Continental Divide Trail and also wondered, how cool that would be. During a rather cold January in Utah I heard about the Blackburn Ranger program, connected the bits and pieces and there was only one logical choice: apply to be on the team and bikepack the CDT.
  • Have your traveled by bike in the past? In 2013 I crashed down a hill on my road bike which left me with a broken collar bone, two broken hands and a 3 month recovery period. To make it through I thought of biking from Vancouver to Ontario. So I did it, then Toronto to Halifax in winter. I was hooked, in 2014 I took time off school and set off to bike from the Arctic Ocean to British Columbia. And then, Alaska to Argentina. I've made it as far as Mexico and am looking forward to riding the CDT and continuing down south as part of the Blackburn team.
  • What is your goal for the route? I have few ideas, most importantly: have fun, stop and smell the flowers (oh yeah - it won't be winter so there actually will be flowers), find out more about the CDT trail hiking community, do as much as CDT as possible, find time to ride the Colorado trail and spend some time in Moab, Utah. I'll also be filming on the way (nothing fancy) and continuing the "SEE THE WORLD" series on which follow my bike trip south. Video is such a great way to try and share the wild and unpredictable story of the open road!
  • What do you hope to get out of this journey? One always has some expectations with trips like these but the moment you set a wheel on the dirt it all changes. I want to see how bikepacking compares to fully loaded touring and see if it's something I can adopt and continue doing for the rest of my around-the-world bike trip. Aside from that - create memories, make new friends and meet old ones, explore and get lost in the Rockies.
  • What's in my bag? Buff, Gopro, Alaska License plate,Turtle (which I had on my first bike trip, and ever since)

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