Around 2007, there were proposals for gas drilling in the Wyoming Range, and environmental groups started putting maps together to highlight what a great recreational resource it is. They put this trail on the maps. I thought, Hot damn, I’m going to mountain-bike it. I decided I didn’t care that there wasn’t much of a trail. I started using this program called TopoFusion to stitch together a GPS track. In ’08 and ’09, I figured out the northern half. You know those little trail signs? There’s gotta be a hundred of those spread out along the route. None of them has a trail next to it. I’ve nearly slept on the trail twice now, unintentionally. Last year I almost put it all together—rode 70 of the 80 miles in two days. It drives my wife nuts. This summer, definitely—I’m going to complete it in one multi-day shot.
—Luke Lynch, 35, Wyoming state director, the Conservation Fund, as told to Sam Moulton