Continental Divide Ride (CDR) or as some say Great Divide Ride (GDR) - Two up… My photos in this thread were originally hosted at Photo bucket. They stopped free hosting so most pics were gone. I think I now have them all fixed. If not please let me know and I'll see if I can fix them Photo Bucket sucks. Dont use Photo Bucket! ,≥>>>>>>>>>> If you are looking for a ride report about riding the Continental Divide Ride (AKA Great Divide Ride) the caliber of Cannonshot’s (http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/a-cannonride-down-the-great-divide-solo.603076/) or Big Dogs http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/continental-divide-ride.108842/ http://www.bigdogadventures.com/CD.htm or many others of amazing detail, witty writing etc – you probably should move on from this one. (I do encourage you to read their reports as they are great resources!) If you are looking for a ride report where you are amazed with how they bust out mega long days, mega mileage in nasty technical terrain and conditions each day, totally impressed with just how Gnarly of an Adventure Biker Dudes (GABD) the writers are – you probably should move on from this one. If you are looking for a ride report which leaves you amazed with how they manage to do it on some little 100cc scooter that seems impossible to do – you probably should move on. BUT…if you are looking for a ride report about riding the CDR two up, done at a semi-leisurely, comfortable pace, one that might motivate you to take on a similar ride with your wife, girl friend or significant other, or even solo – this report maybe for you. With that in mind, I will periodically include some lessons learned that have helped us make it work better two up or otherwise how to make it a bit less arduous of an Adventure, AND still having a relationship at the end of the ride. For those of you that have been doing this for a while - those points might not be of much interest. In a couple of conversations with other inmates, they felt it might be helpful for those that have not. Watch for the periodic 2 Up Tid-Bits. (2UPTB) for the worthless pearls of wisdom gained over 34 years of riding with my wife as pillion. A bit of background on our CDR ride and on us. Mrs. KTM and I have been riding two up together for 34 years – going way back to our college days, (yes Junior, they actually made motorcycles back then) starting out on a 1972 Yamaha TX500. Over the years, we did a good bit of two up touring/sport touring on a variety of bikes. We even logged 50,000 miles hauling two kids around in a sidecar rig. We had a dry spell where we didn’t do any street riding, primarily due to me getting into woods riding and enduro racing and the added logistics of growing boys no longer fitting in the sidecar. We eventually eased back onto the street. We soon realized we were looking for a different sort of riding than what we had done so much of in the past. That’s what led us to ADV riding. In the fall of 2013 we bought our first “Adventure Bike” a 2006 Suzuki Vstrom DL1000. We are now riding a 2007 KTM 990 Adventure. We loved it! We have also done a good bit of back country backpacking and canoeing, including a number of years with our sons. Our CDR experience is broken up over 3 years as we live in Michigan so have a good bit of slab dabbing to get out there, plus my time off work would not allow enough in one block to do it all in one sitting. In 2014 we did our first bit of it – riding from near Dubois Wyoming down to Steamboat Lake Colorado, plus some side trips and a visit with our son living in Laramie, WY at the time. In 2015 we did the northern portion, riding from Banff, Alberta Canada down to where we started in 2014, near Dubois, WY. In 2016 we did the remainder, from Steamboat Lake, CO to the Mexican border. Here is 2UPTB #1– and this is one of the most critical ones to keep the wife feeling secure and comfortable on the back of the bike: Slow down! Believe it or not, it’s not the Dakar Rally! Leave the GABD stuff to the guys not worried about hurting themselves or worse yet, their wife. Take your time as best you can. There is no shame in putzing along like a newb, feet down and paddling whenever you need to! Hell – I am a pretty damn good off road rider with a garage full of trophys to show for it. One thing I did learn from racing enduros, is that sometimes you have to slow down to go faster. You waste so much time and energy when you drop a bike, all that blazing speed that took you in over your head means nothing. I am NOT going to drop the bike with my dear wife on board. I don’t care how slow I have to go to make that happen. Truth be told, I did drop the bike twice in the course of our CDR ride. Once at zero MPH as a sage brush decided to slow me down suddenly (Mrs. KTM was not on the bike at that moment), and the second time with the Mrs. on board, in some snotty slick New Mexico mud. Part of slowing down, is to make sure you don’t bite off more than you can chew by planning for too miles each day. Keep your itinerary flexible – don’t let yourself be locked in with “we HAVE to be to XX place by end of today”. Build in one or two extra days to allow for weather conditions, or simply a day off the bike. Go ahead, call me a sissy ADV rider if you want – we can talk after your divorce is finalized. Onto the ride Banff, AB to Dubois Wyoming: We took 3 ½ days to do the 1,942 miles from our home in Michigan out to Banff. We went around the north shore of Lake Superior, then across Canada. I won’t go into much detail on this part of the trip – not much to say really. Day 1: July 18 , 2015: Home to Thunder Bay, Ontario. 575 Miles Day 2: July 19, 2015 Thunder Bay Ontario to Winnipeg, Manitoba. 428 Miles. Day 3: July 20, 2015 Winnipeg, Manitoba to Medicine Hat Alberta. 662 miles. Our longest day on this trip. Monkey butt time for me. Mrs. KTM actually fared better than I did! 2UPTB #2. Keep her tushy comfy and cushy– do what it takes – aftermarket seat, or what we landed on was an Air Hawk seat cushion. She loves it! For 2016 I will be using one as well. As the riders of bikes we spend tons of $, time and energy to dial in a bike for us – bar risers, different grips, footpegs etc. The Mrs. deserves the same! Fine tune her ergonomics. Mrs. KTM has long legs. That means the need for more leg room. Footpeg lowering brackets combined with the added seat height from the Air Hawk provide her with nearly 3” more leg room. One thing Mrs. KTM dislikes are bikes where she feels like she is schmucked up too close behind me. (a function of a short(er) seat lengths) Depending on the bike, I have custom fabricated backrest mounts or otherwise shift the mounts (or trunk if trunk mounted ) slightly more rearward than most are, allowing for a bit more roomy ride for the missus. Don’t think this is necessary only for the ummm….larger ladies. Mrs. KTM certainly isn’t – she just feels more comfortable with the added room. Day 4 July 21 Medicine Hat to Banff, Alberta. 277 Miles After lunch we pass through Canmore, Alberta then roll into Banff proper. WOW – these were the mountains I was hoping to see. After a short stop at the Depot station that serves as a tourist info spot we line up what sounded like about the last place to stay in town, a small bed and breakfast the owner of which was described as a bit “quirky”. We head over to the Tan-y-Bryn bed and breakfast, and are greated by the owner, standing all of 4’ 6” tall on a good day. She looks us up and down, glances at the bike outside and says “Ok…I can give you a room…last one, I won’t enforce the two night minimum…but you have to move your motorcycle over 3 feet to the left… OK! We check into the room as we hear the history of the place. It has been in her family for about 900 years. She actually is a very nice old lady, and we enjoyed hearing of the history of the house. Now it was time to explore town. We walked all over the place. Banff was a rather bustling, upscale tourist trap of a town but looked like it could be fun.