Sam Harney
Great Divide
Banff, AB Have you ever hopped on your bike and felt like it weighed 100lbs? Mine actually does! With a full days food and water, I'm pushing that 100 lb. mark and I am in no shape to be doing so. This is not necessarily the ultralight setup I was aiming for. The smart thing to do would have been to weigh my bike and make some adjustments before I got to the airport and propped the overly crammed bike box on the scale. Without ever riding the bike fully loaded, I wouldn't know what to expect until we reached the trail. The last thing I wanted to do was start shipping things home from Canada the first day we arrived. I decided to ride it out for about a week until we reached Missoula where I could make all the changes needed. After a long night spent in the Calgary airport stretched across a couple chairs in the food court, we hitched a ride up north to the start of the trail where we also were able to replace the front wheel skewer that I had forgot back home. Within the first mile ascending out of town, I knew right a way that I had made a terrible mistake bringing the panniers. With most of the weight in the rear and mounted on a frame that was certainly not meant for the setup I had chosen, I was getting a terrible wobble the instant I stood up off the saddle. This is proving to be very difficult throughout Canada. When we reach Missoula for a few days of rest I plan to convert to a traditional bikepacking setup and challenge myself to drop every extra once of gear that is not completely necessary. I am anxiously counting down the days!

After getting comfortable on the bike, I was able to focus a lot more on my surroundings and start looking forward to the road ahead. After only 3 days I felt as if I had actually been training for the ride and while my bike didn't feel so solid, I sure did. Canada is treated us very well in every aspect. I couldn't image a nicer place to start my first bikepacking tour.


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  • What was the genesis moment or inspiration for your upcoming adventure? When Blackburn took us under their wing. We were only half serious about doing the ride beforehand and would not have done it at all this year without someone to report to.Thanks guys for the inspiration!
  • What is your goal for the route? Have a better time on the road then I could have possibly had if I had stayed at home. I was having a pretty good time at home!
  • Have you traveled by bike in the past? Yes. Pacific NW, SF-Palm Springs, Trans AM, Portland-Panama
  • What do you hope to get out of this journey? A contact list full of new friends and some remarkable tan lines on my rippling thighs.

My Must Haves

  • AK-47 keychain
  • Stubbs Spicy BBQ Sauce
  • Portrait of my buddy Taylor
  • Big Buck Hunter

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