Preamble After completing the Trans-America Trail several years ago my brother and I looked around for our next extended ride. We easily agreed upon the North to South Continental Divide Trail/Ride/Route which we divided into two sections based on the ride time available. We were set to leave late July 2016 but a family emergency, several days before our departure, waylaid our ride until 2017. So it was this past June 29th my brother, Charles, drove up to Park City, UT from Tucson with his 2014 Husqvarna Terra (TR650) aboard his truck. The next day we loaded his Terra and my 2005 Kawasaki KLR650 and equipment into the U-Haul truck and drove to Butte, MT for the night. The next day, Saturday, July 1st, we pulled into the Kalispel (Evergreen) U-Haul facility in the early afternoon where upon our Northern CDT ride begins. Aside In compiling our tracks we unabashedly pilfered and edited CDT tracks from Big Dog, Cannonshot, GPS Kevin, et. al. We did this as some of the tracks were older and we like to have bail out tracks if needed. That said, we followed GPS Kevin's tracks relatively closely. In actual usage there was one place (to be discussed) where the mountainside slid onto the trail with no go around so we had to return to the asphalt. In another place the tracks wanted us to go down a signed 'Dead End' road so continuing on the road we were on easily solved the problem. Finally, a track in Rawlins wanted us to turn off on an overpass but again continuing on we easily worked it out and got back on track. I have attached our initial tracks as a .gpx which includes over 500 waypoints and 28 tracks. I anticipate we will refer to those tracks as our journey unfolds. The attached file is entitled, "C&G_Northern CDT_20170711_Rev1.gpx". Note: on 7/13/2017 updated Rev1 of the tracks to Rev2 to bypass mountain side slide on our day 2 (see comment to Tokenboy below). Regarding the tracks, note that the naming convention used is that the main/daily tracks are named D# then from to (where # is the day number) while ancillary/bail out tracks are named D#a then from to or purpose. Looking at the tracks you can surmise that our ride from the Canadian border to Steamboat Springs, CO took us the better part of 8 days. We stayed at motels at night, generally got on the road by circa 8:15a and generally made our destination between 3:00 - 6:00p. We kept a decent pace but weren't racing (well, mostly). The days destination was often dictated to us by the facilities which were available based on locale and the July 4th holiday. On the TAT we often rode later into the day for comparable mileage so I would estimate the Northern portion of the CDT (for the most part) is some 2/3 as 'difficult' as the TAT. Also the TAT tracks were harder to follow than the CDT tracks. Finally, the TAT, overall, had more remote sections than the CDT. On the Northern portion of the CDT around the July 4th holiday time frame we saw some six cyclists, three other motorcyclists, and a pair of hikers who were obviously also traversing the CDT. It was not as well traveled as we anticipated but maybe the time frame had something to do with it. End Aside Now let's stop the jawboning and get the bikes moving! We rode out of the spacious U-Haul facility (recommended) on hwy 2, turning onto the multi-lane hwy 93 heading to the Canadian border for the 'official' start and pics. The weather was clear and on the uncomfortably hot side (depending on who is reporting it, myself from the Park City, UT area at 6,500' and 85 degree highs or Charles from Tucson and 110+ degree highs). We rode through the touristy town of Whitefish where after the ride became less congested, greener and cooler. It was about 2:15 when we got into Eureka. I was concerned regarding the amount of fuel in my KLR as I had not filled it recently and wanted to stop in Eureka. Fortunately we did stop as the KLR ingested over 5 gallons. We continued on uneventfully to within spitting distance of the Canadian border (neither one of us wanted to cross over as I had pepper spray and Charles was armed for 'bears and a$$ holes', both would have gotten us in bad with our Northern neighbors.) We took the perfunctory photos, turned the bikes around and began the CDT.