August 22, 2011
There’s a place you really should see. In the high desert of south-central Wyoming, “where the rivers change direction, across the Great Divide” (as sung by Nanci Griffith and others).
In these magical, mystical open spaces the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route merges with the Continental Divide hiking trail — which, in turn, follows a web of historic trails: The California, Pony Express, Mormon Pioneer, and Seminoe Cutoff of the Oregon Trail … as well as others I’ve probably missed.
The path of westward expansion, it leads from America’s past into its future.
It's tough getting there ... and worth every pedal stroke. You really should see it. And smell the sage, hear the wind, and feel the presence of those who came before.
Photo of California Trail and Continental Divide Trail markers by Michael McCoy
BIKING WITHOUT BORDERS was posted by Michael McCoy, Adventure Cycling’s field editor, highlighting a little bit of this or a little bit of that — just about anything, as long as it related to traveling by bicycle. Mac also compiles the organization's twice-monthly e-newsletter Bike Bits, which goes free-of-charge to over 45,000 readers worldwide.