Iohan Gueorguiev
Great Divide
Abiquiu, NM to Grants, NM 220miles I knew there would be a big climb coming out of Abiquiu and unfortunately it was about noon when I left. Hottest part of the day, kind of makes me miss the freezing, windy ridges of the Colorado Trail. The road was pretty good until it turned to slick rock, sand and rocks (although the grade was very gentle). Riding the next 10 miles was fun but tiring, at least I was able to ride it.

I've been looking at some tracks in the sand all day and figured there must be two cyclists ahead of me. Lucy and Tine from Nethernalnds and Belgium were riding the GDMBR. We set up camp at the high point between Abiquiu and Cuba. Next day we rode down and I thoroughly enjoyed being on a light bike as opposed to having panniers! I left them after lunch and rode down to Cuba.

I've been following the Tour Divide route and it looks like it took me on the alternate, oh well... some pavement now and then doesn't hurt. One thing that stood out was the amount of garbage along the highway and graffiti on the road signs (the ones that weren't shot up anyway). Homeless dogs and houses barely standing, a big change from the expensive homes all over Colorado. Although it was a busy road, I made sure to wave and smile at everyone. Except at the people who were speeding - they need both hands on the wheel.

After 115 miles, I made it to Grants and watched the sun go down as I munched dinner. By the looks of the map, there would be no resupply until Silver City so I loaded up on food and rode down the road at 9pm in the dark, hoping for a decent camp spot. A woman pulled over beside me and offered me a place to stay.

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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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