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The Trip-Finder, January 1998
United States

Mountain-Biking the Continental Divide

Outfitter Departures Price Accommodations
Adventure Cycling
800-755-2453, 406-721-1776
1 $2,800 camping, rustic lodging

The Route: An epic 75-day, 2,500-mile self-supported border-to-border dirt ride from Canada to New Mexico, with 27 crossings of the Continental Divide and thousands of vertical feet of quad-killing climbs.

When to go: June

Difficulty: Strenuous

Travel advisory: The outfitter requires previous mountain-bike touring experience. Riding a loaded bike 40 miles per day on dirt demands far more strength and technique than either road-touring or unladen mountain-biking.

High/low points:

  • Sharing a dinner of franks, beans, and marshmallow Jell-O with cowboys you meet along the way.
  • Awaking one morning to discover that a deer has chewed up the leather on your $150 titanium-railed saddle.

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