Monday, 15 December 2003
Pix Of The Day: Two Wheel Heroes All Down America
CREDIT: © Michael Morse/'Crazy Guy On A Bike' journal
WHERE: the Rocky Mountains. WHAT: the US Continental Divide on a bicycle.
*MAP: GDMBR: Great Divide MtB Route. Thumbnail clicks pop-up source image pages.
In the Summer of 2002, Michael Morse went for only one bicycle ride; he pedalled the 2,470 mile route from the US-Canadian border at Roosville, Montana, to the US-Mexican border at Antelope Wells, New Mexico. The GDMBR (Great Divide Mountain Bike Route) is the longest mapped, off-pavement cycling route in the world, and generally stays within 50 miles of the Continental Divide, crossing some of the wildest and most rugged terrain in the USA. Like all great journeys, it is a journey within; the external journey is mostly about pedalling, eating, sleeping, boredom, and frustration… the occurrence of joy, exultation, and moments of deep connection between self and others and the earth, goes without saying.
Michael's odyssey is hosted on Neil Gunton's CrazyGuyOnABike.com web site, 'A place for bicycle tourists and their journals.' The site implementation is a tour de force of journeyman programming: we would normally not mention such matters, but with 85 pages and 285 pictures for this single journal, we suggest it is a good idea to use some of the sites features to make your visit easier, and to enhance your enjoyment. Controls are easy of access and use, quickly becoming transparent for the visitor. The alternative, for diehard masochist Luddites, is to click as often as Michael turned the pedals, but without a concomitant sense of continuous progress.
We looked at every picture in the journal, using the slide show function to jump back and forwards to the text, when making our picture selection. The thumbnails link to the slide show pictures, and from there you too may jump into the relevant journal entry from the page menu. As you may imagine, the landscapes on such a journey are spectacular, but we tried to find other aspects of the journey that represented a voyage through America. Today, however, we just settled for the spectacular! There will be two more selection galleries from the journal.
Left to right (and not in journey order): O'Haver Lake outside of Salida, Colorado; Red Rock Lake, Montana; Grand Teton Mountains, north of Jackson, Wyoming; and the 11,800 feet of altitude Devils Causeway, near Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
*More detailed maps of the GDMBR (north to south):  Roosville to Polaris;  to South Pass City;  to Silverthorne;  to Platoro;  to Pie Town; and  to Antelope Wells; may be seen on the ACA (Adventure Cycling Association) web site. Serious potential riders will purchase the ACA set of six detailed, printed maps.
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)