GDMBR Day 1 | Whitefish to Eureka via Roosville | 78 miles, 2,858 ft elevation | Getting To the Start

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It seems like we’ve been gone a month already but it’s only been four days. 😂 Happy July 4th everyone! 🇺🇸❤️🤍💙

Going to try to squeeze four days of pre ride events into one post. And we have internet access here while camping in the city park and not sure if we will have it again for the next couple days so there’s that.

For the benefit of future riders (and as a way to journal our bike adventures) here’s how we found our way to the start line of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route in 2021. Remember… it usually starts in Banff but well you know… COVID. This year southbound riders started at the border of Canada. 🇨🇦

For the first time ever on an extended bike tour we were able to leave from our house, ride to our daughter’s house and then catch the Amtrak to Chicago at 6:30 am.

After a three hour layover in Chicago we were in it to win it for a 36 hour train ride to Whitefish – Coach class. Like steerage on the Titanic 🚢 😂

Honestly tho, Amtrak is a reasonable solution for getting your body and your bike to the start of your ride.

Coach Class. Wouldn’t have it any other way. We met some fascinating peeps and appreciate fresh bed linens even more. You can find pics in the vid of Lance and Vince. Too bad I didn’t get one of Tammy, a bada$$ half iron man finisher, Helena cattle rancher, mom and grandma. She taught us why you want to keep bull snakes around the farm and more about best practices in farming.

Vince, on the other hand spun a yarn about how a rattlesnake jumped off a rock and bit his buddy while riding by on his bike. #ikidyounot Thanks for that bit of advice, Vince. 😊

Once in Whitefish we took a day to poke around town at a community art fair, visit a local brewery (thanks Lauren), hold puppies, get some trail food and a good night’s sleep. And oh yea, we even hit up Mass on Saturday night.

Early Sunday on July 4th we took off from Whitefish on bikes and headed north for the border. It was a perfect day for riding – a little warm in the afternoon but just about perfect.

This guy is FINISHING his northbound ride tomorrow! It’s Kai’s last night of the ride and our first. Pretty amazing… we had a nice long chat. He shared lots of stories for which we were grateful. I asked the most important thing he learned over the last month. He said #waitforit “Don’t ride with your mouth open.” He got stung today in the mouth. Of all days. Ouch! Kai also mentioned that if your bike starts making funny noises just turn the music up. Alrighty then! Thanks Kai!

Free camping in the city park, Internet access, and a 24 hour gas station right across the street. What more could we ask for? 🤷🏼‍♀️. Maybe flushers? 🚽

Tomorrow we go off road… 😳

Click on the image below to view the video.

9 thoughts on “GDMBR Day 1 | Whitefish to Eureka via Roosville | 78 miles, 2,858 ft elevation | Getting To the Start”

  1. So excited to have an exciting travel journey blog to follow! I’ll be reading every day. Best wishes. I’m hoping to return to Word Press this Fall with a western trip commentary myself. I’d love to see a link to a map of the expected route. Safe travels!

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    1. I know what you mean, Garry. I just finished following a couple who cycled from Key West to Maine. I always looked forward to reading their blog each morning. If you Google Great Divide Mountain Bike Route you’ll see the route. Or visit that page on our blog (right margin). It travels through five states – two new ones for us to cycle through. Looking forward to your travels. We will be back by then so we can follow along.


      1. Just now finding maps and videos on line. WOW! I was not familiar with the route (not being a biker) but I’m already thinking it could be an amended route for my van maybe next year. So exciting to see the amazing country you will be traveling along the way. I have seen much of it and you are in for an amazing treat. Can’t wait to ride along.

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  2. It was so fun to meet you on the train. I am inspired by your adventures . Looking forward to keeping up with your trip and future adventures. Hopefully there are no rattlers or bears crossing your paths. Godspeed and good luck!

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