Hi all, as many of you know I have been riding my new Surly “Troll” the last couple months with the SOB’s as part of my training to get up to speed to ride along a part of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route this summer (planning on about 1,900 miles from Montana to Mexico). I started a blog about the upcoming ride if anyone is interested in checking out the logistics of the ride. You will see some pics of SOB’s on the blog under the “Training Rides” page, ha: https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=1mr&doc_id=19666&v=9D

I have done several cross-country road tours in the past (https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/my/?o=1mr ), but this is my first crack at off-road touring, or bikepacking I guess they are calling it these days. Most folks that start long bike tours will box up their bikes and gear and take a plane, bus or train to the start point. This year I am going to try something new to help avoid the cost and hassle of boxing up the bike and shipping it to the tour start point. I am trying to see if I can catch a ride up to Montana at the end of this month or early August.

My thinking was if anyone in our area  was even remotely considering vacationing up in the Yellowstone area this summer, the chance to do a rideshare on the way up may tip them over the edge of making the decision of doing a summer road trip, and hauling me along. I was thinking of starting the ride around the Butte, MO area, just a little north of Yellowstone. So anyone was interested in a road trip at the end of July or very early August, I could pay for gas on the way up and help with driving and such. If this sounds interesting, you can see more information about the logistics of the proposed trip at the blog site above. BTW, there are a lot of other rideshare options I am looking at (see links below) to try to get up there, but it would be more fun to travel up there with fellow SOB’s if possible. BTW, the pic with the post was a July 8 ride to Clines Corner and back, nice ride, but headwind back home.








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