continental divide ride?
Im thinking of riding the Continental Divide and would appreciate any comments esp those who have done it. Should I do it with a group? Just where can i get a decent map of the ride? I have a GS 1150. When is the best time to do it?
Thanks in advance
Expect lots of dust…….
Riding in a group is helpful but not necessary. If something goes wrong, need to fix a flat, etc a group can be helpful. Also certain resources can be shared reducing the weight each member carries; i.e. cooking equipment, tools, etc.
Starting later in the summer season- late July/Aug/early Sept-- helps reduce problems with snowpack at the higher elevations (depends on the amount of snowfall that occurred the winter before). Provided its not too late in the season and a winter weather pattern roles in. Also a later in the season; fewer daylight hours, mornings at elevation can be real cold. But I have been snowed on in the Rocky's in July and Aug if the weather patterns are just right (err…. wrong?)
Here are some resources:
[URL="http://www.bigdogadventures.com/CD.htm"]Big Dog Adventures[/URL]
[URL="http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=255281"]Murgatoid42 Does the Continental Divide-ADV Forum[/URL]
[URL="http://www.twotaildog.com/Motorcycling_the_Great_Divide/00Intro/Great_Divide_Intro.htm"]Two Tail Dogs RR[/URL]
[URL="http://www.angelfire.com/trek/les_stark/"]Les Stark RR[/URL]
Hope this will get you started.:groovy
A Book Recommendation from [URL="http://www.whitehorsegear.com/motorcycle-journeys-through-the-rocky-mountains"]Whitehorse Press[/URL]
Check out this thread from Adv rider:
Also, check into the rides offered by Jim Hyde at Rawhyde Adventrues. He has a couple of groups each year going both directions.
If I were doing it for the first time, I would prefer to be with a group if for nothing else, moral support.