Kurt Williams
Great Divide
Salida, CO

How we bring the story to you.  Documenting a story is interesting.  Mostly because you want to be genuine, butthat's hard, you don't want to sound like your boasting, but at the same timeyou want to show your enthusiasm during your trip and just how much fun you'rehaving.  For me I want to inspire, andshow what's possible for others to take ideas from my trip and run with themfarther.

So this part of the time Blackburn had a film crew sent, andI have to be honest in that I was nervous. It's really hard being behind a camera if you're not use to it, andafter re-watching what you've recorded, you're usually so embarrassed byyourself that you gotta scrap the material. To my surprise it wasn't like this, we had professionals help us along,who asked the right questions, and had a really good eye for shots and settingup.  Dominic, the camera guy, evenclimbed with us, which was really exciting. All in all I hope you like it, I think it came out really nice anddisplayed our true selves.

Soon we were in southern Colorado, which once again, reallysurprised me with its beauty.  Changingfeatures and environment all the time, Colorado river, and cute towns likeSalida.  As we start getting towards theend of the state, I'm realizing how close we are to finishing, it's amazing howfar we've already gone.

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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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