Iohan Gueorguiev
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Jct NN17 - New Mexico border 130miles Finally back on the GDMBR, what could have taken 2 days took me 21. It feels great to be able to ride all the uphill and actually pick up some descent speed going downhill.

Rolling down to La Garite after the 3rd pass for the day, the road turned to pavement and soon there was smushed cow poop. Crap. Some 400 cows were being relocated via the road. Amongst other things, when I was a kid, I wanted to be a cowboy. This was my chance, although I was fairly unsuccessful at dodging the cow dung. It was everywhere, most of it came off my tires on the next downhill...

Big uphill after Del Norte but the clouds rolled in and I got to ride amongst more cowboys at the top. Watching their dogs work is amazing. Smart animals.

Made it to Platoro for dinner. The menu read: "all burgers served with a mountain of fries." Mountain or not, I've been doing mountains since Banff, Alberta. This was no match for me, I rode out into the dark and pitched my tent not far from the road. My hands still smelled like burger. I hope no bear comes.

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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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