Kurt Williams
Great Divide
Cuba, NM The perfect day.

We had one more objective on the trip and that was to climb a very tall route on the Brazos Cliff.  I feel like we had building up for this one, it was our tallest climb so efficiency was key.  Like we planned, it was our best show too, everything clicked, our belay changes were quick, and before we knew it we were on top by mid day.  As we descended I really could feel how we were a unit, and that in my eyes our summer was beyond a successful.  We quickly made it to the bikes by afternoon and packed them up and started biking again, it wasn't necessarily our plan but everything felt right, and so we continued another 20ish miles to find a really secluded camping spot.

Yeah, hard to explain but it was the perfect day, we were a well oiled machine, and it was a pleasure to see it work at capacity.  I think it's a day I'll never forget.

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  • What was the genesis moment or inspiration for your upcoming adventure? A few years ago I was touring through Central America and through the internet heard about the Great Divide Route. Since then I always wanted to do it, but it wasn’t until I ran across the Blackburn Ranger Program that I started to take it serious. I figured why not apply and see if it was meant to be.
  • Have you traveled by bike in the past? I have, done a few shorter bike tours in Oregon. Then, one trip from Denver back to Portland, OR. My most ambitious trip was a few years ago when I biked from California through Central America to Panama, that was a pretty eye opening trip to see where a bike can take you.
  • What is your goal for the route? To have fun with my buddy Sam!
  • What do you hope to get out of this journey? I hope to successfully bike tour with climbing gear and to use the bicycle as a means to get to climbing locations. A climbing trip completely fueled by bike touring!
  • What’s in my bag 1. Cat food alcohol stove - Always works, fuel is super easy to find in any location.
    2. Giro long sleeve button up shirt - Super excited to have this, I’ve always bike with a casual shirt. Versatile and also makes you not look like a cyclist, which helps you connect with people along the route.
    3. Blackburn Oversized Bottle Cages - Really happy to be using these prototypes! Forget the racks, use these!
    4. Tobacco Pipe - For lookin’ cool.

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