Philip Benningfield
Great Divide
Window of Opportunity Bikers of all ilks have many chances to ride. Commute to work, run to the grocery store, dash over to a friends for BBQ…all of these rides are habit to me. But the smallest window of opportunity opens for long distance rides. Actual mountain bike rides on the close trails like the Colorado Trail or all-day butt crushers have barely cracked windows, and I squeeze through every opportunity.

What an open window offers is time to regain sanity, to balance the busy life of work and family with the peace and quiet of rolling mile after mile through dense forests full of views of massive mountain ranges and the occasional bear sighting. I take these views through the window with a great sense of gratitude for a healthy body and curious mind.


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  • What was the genesis moment or inspiration for your upcoming adventure? Have your traveled by bike in the past? My motivation comes from some instinctual need to see what lies over the next mountain pass, to see a pristine meadow flushed with wildflowers or filled with stoic elk, or follow a never-ending ranch fence line in as obscure a place as possible.
  • What is your goal for the route? What do you hope to get out of this journey? Any undertaking along the GDR is tempered with as little expectations as possible. I find no need to try and experience the trip beforehand as the actual ride far surpasses any expectation. The goal each and every time is to get away from the busy world and witness, with as minimal a kit as I can survive with, the peace found out in the middle of nowhere!

MY MUST HAVES

  • Tattered warm Pearlizumi gloves
  • Sleeping Bag Feathered Friends Hummingbird 20-degree sleeping bag
  • Marmot 650-fill down coat
  • Jagged Edge skullcap

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