A CannonRide Down the Great Divide (solo)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Cannonshot, Jul 23, 2010.

  1. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Administrator Super Moderator

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    Your Zumo model probably isn't capable of handling 500 point track segments so it is truncating them. I'd pick up a Garmin 64st on sale for $230 or so. Bicycle maps of the GDR are available for purchase but the require adjustments where motorized isn't allowed. https://www.adventurecycling.org/cy...ycling-association-great-divide-book-map-set/

    Considering the cost of the maps, it looks like a better option is to buy a more track capable GPS.
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  2. RedRover_CO

    RedRover_CO Been here awhile Supporter

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    ^^ Echo Cannonshot's comment. Lots of sponsored tracks (like BDRs) are created by setting points every 30 seconds when recorded. Not all devices can handle that many data points. Also, you can find the official BDR tracks here: https://ridebdr.com/download-tracks/ and I'd advise getting a paper copy of the BDR from either Touratech or Butler Maps. Also helps to know what NF ranger district you're in, and get the most recent MVUM from a ranger office. These are usually free but in limited supply.

    For general reference, I've created a GoogleMaps page with the IDBDR that includes passes that are on the trail (or nearby):
    https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1qwKtLbIFK00bAU0vJrxGkt3uMt65wPtg&usp=sharing
  3. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Administrator Super Moderator

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    I think there might be some confusion here. He mentioned that we met in person on the IDBDR but his question was about the Great Divide Ride (this thread and sometimes referred to as the Continental Divide Ride). :D

    64st $250

    64st $269
  4. Choby

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    Thanks, for the cost of this 595 I should send it back to garmin….through their fu&%ing window...on fire.
  5. Choby

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    So I am not sure how this works. I have an SD card in the unit, does this make a difference? Does the 64st come with maps? And yes I am doing the divide ride just stated we met up on the IDBDR. My 595 does load those easily enough though.
  6. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Administrator Super Moderator

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    The 64st has built in topo maps and will serve you well on the divide ride. You can still run your Zumo for other stuff. You can put a map card for other maps in the 64st or put a card in to store data.
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    rocksterman adventure duffer

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    I would. Garmin’s business model is rapid planned obsolescence. You are better off with a cheap Android device
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    I apologize if this has been asked. Still working my way through this great thread. I am interested to know if these tracks are suitable for Jeep. I am interested in going south to north. The best information available seems to be motorcycle based. Just wondering if my jeep will be good. Thanks. Joel
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  10. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Administrator Super Moderator

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    Your reliable jeep will be fine. Hope you have a wonderful trip.
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    JoelBench n00b

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    I appreciate to encouragement. We all have to go sometime. Might as well be fun.
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  12. JoelBench

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    Thanks for the reply. I appreciate the work you have in this. Looks amazing.
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  13. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Administrator Super Moderator

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    Don't forget to report about your trip in the four-wheel sub-forum we have. People will be interested to read about it I'm sure.
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    Passing the time social distancing on a snowy Sunday. Just finished this fantastic report and have to say really helps expel some of the gloom surrounding the virus and gives me something to look forward to when we come out the other side.
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    dcwilcox Been here awhile

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    ^^ Two-wheeled Adventuring, Trip-Planning, Exploring, Overlanding does this for me regardless of which bit of chaos, drama, or rut I find myself! :clap
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    surferbum Been here awhile

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    Am starting planning this ride in mid-August with 5 riders. Paraphrasing what BigDog told me, just use Cannonshot's tracks as is and enjoy yourselves.

    I posted many ride reports on AdvRider from trips in CA, AZ, UT, CO, ID, NM and WY. We have similar style and really enjoy your ride reports. Reading them is like being there.

    PS am listening to Neil Young's version of Four Strong Winds as I read your report thread.
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  17. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Administrator Super Moderator

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    I'm a little jealous of your trip! The Great Divide is such a great ride. Many thanks to Mark (@BigDogAdventures ) for priming the pump for so many riders to check it out for themselves.

    I hope you folks have a wonderful ride!

    I need to go back and re-read this report myself to revive some of those feelings while I'm locked down with social distancing. :D
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    We live and Kalispell and I have two teenage boys. We're all just getting into adventure riding and would LOVE to do this route.
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    Fantastic route!!
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    dhilt Been here awhile

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    I did the CDT last September and had a mechanical and was stuck in Kalispell for 5 days. Its an amazing ride from your place to Banff and not too far if you wanted to get a taste for it for a couple of days then maybe do the route south another time if you didn't want to do the whole thing all at once.