Kurt Williams
Great Divide
Platoro, CO One large obstacle lies in this section before you leave Colorado and that's Indiana Pass.  You hear about this one from the very beginning and it's obvious why, with an elevation gain of around 6,000 feet.  I loved Indian pass and I would venture to say it was my favorite climb, perfect grades, amazing views, and we were in great shape now, so it was easy kinda easy.  About half way up we even were faced with an incredible thunderstorm with hail the size of marbles.  It blew us off the trail in a retreat, and forces under some pines, it's the sort of moment you do these trips for, the ones that amp you up and make you feel alive.  

Soon we were on the top, 12,000 feet above the sea, looking one way and seeing New Mexico and turning around and seeing Colorado.  One more state to go.

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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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