Southern Portion of Continental Divide in 2018

Discussion in 'Americas' started by mpgmr, Jan 4, 2018.

  1. mpgmr

    mpgmr Utard

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    I am planning to ride the Southern portion (from Steamboat Springs, CO or thereabouts) in or about September 2018. I've ridden the TAT, Mex2Can, and Northern portion of the CD so looking to finish the CD this year. I know it's early but if you're thinking along the above lines then give me shout. I'm 68, domiciled in Utah, have numerous bikes to ride but will likely take a WR450F. I want to camp a few times but mostly motel. I also want to try out a drone to help document the trip so this will be a relatively slow ride of maybe 120-150 miles/day, depending on facilities.
    Gary
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  2. HickOnACrick

    HickOnACrick Groovinator

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    Practice your mud-riding skills. September is Monsoon season - it is the month I did the CDT, and I had to bail out at Pie Town due to heavy rains and impassable roads. I think the 450 is a good choice. The toughest part of the ride begins once you hit the NM border (in my opinion). I camped the whole way so I can't recommend any hotels.
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  3. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks House Ape

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    I hit the same mud (and had to bail) south of Pie Town, but in my case it was in early July. You never know when the monsoon will start in NM.
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  4. jonz

    jonz Miles are my mantra

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    Me three on the mud around Pie Town except I rode through. WR450 is a great choice to make it through the probable mud sections. Since you're in UT you've ridden in some mountain mud. I'd lean toward a knobbier tire than most recommend. I'd like to see the drone footage when you're done and also how well the drone packed up for transport.
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