Great Divide Road Bike Route: Cycling Mexico to Canada
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Great Divide Road Bike Route: Mexico to Canada by David Plaskett (Author), Barbara Breuning (Author).
2000 miles, all pavement. Guidebook, 268 pages, 27 maps. Route details, road conditions, towns and settlements, campgrounds, bike shops. Route established in 2019 by the book's authors, David Plaskett and Barbara Bueuning. This book describes the route in detail, and identifies the locations along the route where places and things important to cyclists are found, such as water, groceries, laundries, showers, medical services, post offices, ATM/Banks, cell service, bike shops, and campground locations. For cyclists seeking a Mexico to Canada paved road cycling experience, this route provides an alternative to the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. The Mountain Bike Route and the Road Bike Route cross 24 times. Wild and scenic landscapes are plentiful along the route, as are historic and archaeological sites, fascinating ecosystems, and geologic history. The road bike route has 16 Continental Divide crossings. There are eleven Great Divide passes to cycle over, six of which are over 9,000 ft. At an elevation of 11,541 ft., Colorado’s Hoosier Pass is the highest point on the GDRBR. The route begins at the Mexican border town of Palomas and continues north, traversing five states; New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, and a small section of Idaho. After crossing into Canada at the Port of Carway the route turns around and reenters the U.S. at the port of Piegan; then travels 19 miles south, and enters Glacier National Park’s east entrance at St. Mary. From St. Mary there is a 50-mile bike ride through the park to West Glacier, Montana where there is an Amtrak Station and highway connections. The Great Divide Road Bike Route ends at West Glacier, Montana. The entire road bike route can be ridden in 4-6 weeks more or less depending on speed of travel and number of days off-route.
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The first 104 pages contain maps, history, and some information about the route. When I started reading the book, I immediately noticed inconsistencies in the spelling of words used. I thought well, this isn't good, but maybe the content will make up for it. Basic stuff like disk instead of disc for the brake system. Basically, the book wasn't proofread.
I was "hoping" that it'd have useful information about the route such as why take this road versus the other and different things to avoid or look out for, but there is very little of that.
It has information that is obtainable through the state department of transportation maps although the maps for various states is easier to read because it is all color-coded and also includes all roads they have data on not just the suggested route.
The remainder contains a listing of all the amenities offered by various towns in essentially a tabular format. Again, that is all directly available on google / open street maps. Besides the maps being not very high quality (a basic representation of the route) the book provides very little useful information.
I have been compiling information on that route and several others for the past 6 months and have much more detailed information than this book can provide. Perhaps if I hadn't done any research this book might provide some useful information, but even Google Maps could directly be used.
Avoid this book.