As part of the monthly program series of The Glens Falls-Saratoga Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club, join us for “Bike Adventure: A 3,300 Mile Bike Ride Down the Continental Divide” presented by ADK member Steve Mackey.
Steve Mackey and daughter Heather completed the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route in September of 2018. It is the longest mapped mountain bike route in the world, starting in Jasper Alberta and ending at the Mexican Border in Antelope Wells, New Mexico. It follows the Continental Divide (as well as the Continental Divide Hiking Trail) and crosses the divide 32 times. Around 80% of it is on gravel roads with the remainder being single track or paved roads. They averaged 50 to 60 miles per day, riding for two months, with a total of 3,335 miles being on their bicycle odometers. They had quite the adventure including - getting hit by a bus/trailer/kayak, having one of their bikes stolen, getting bogged down in impassable mud, getting rained on 5 times in one day, having days where they only saw 2 or 3 other humans, crossing mountain passes with their bear spray at the ready, and seeing some of the most beautiful, remote scenery in the country.
Event Type(s): Public Use
Age Group(s): Adults