Kurt Williams
Great Divide
Silver City, NM Reflection

Traveling by bike is not a bike tour.

You can of course bike tour around and you will in fact make miles and travel places.  But certainly you can put the intent toward the experience of your trip, loosening the grips from your handlebars, and sort of letting the trip make the decisions for you.  Both Sam and I have traveled this way a lot previous to the Great Divide so it was so nice we were on the same page, and really let fate drag us along on this bike tour.

Which brings me to the subject of friendships while bike touring.  I feel like a lot of success for us came with starting a trip with your close friend.  And leaving the trip feeling like you are even closer to this person.  Climbing that last climb with Sam was emotional for me as we simul-climbed(connected by rope and climbing a pitch together in unison, potentially dangerous is either person fell). Once you've had a trusting climbing partner you realize that what you have is truly intimate.  Moving up the wall together, connected by the rope.  

As I lead that final pitch of our climb I couldn't hold back, I took a second to announce that "we've really become better at this since we started climbing together" and really what I was saying was "we're better friends now and I'm really proud to do these things with you."

I think Sam understood.

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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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