Cycling the GDMBR (continued)Dale Campbell - Bent Fork Chronicles Editor
Geographically this region is as remote as any place in the continental United States. Mesas, cliff lines, volcanic formations, and mountain ranges that seem to pop right out of the desert floor are major visual features of this area. Many different cactus and grass varieties somehow provide habitat for small rodents, snakes, and lizards. … This area is both historically and anthropologically dominated by the rich Native American and southwestern Spanish culture. Coming down the east side of the Gila Wilderness is a welcome relief, with water once again available as you head into Silver City, New Mexico, a place noted for learning about Anasazi culture with the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument north of town and a good museum at the local university. From there it is a sprint south (mostly on pavement) to the border crossing, which consists of one building on the border and nothing else for miles and miles.” (http://www.adventurecycling.org/routes/greatdivide.cfm?pg=more )
Want to read about a firsthand experience with segments of the GDMBT in New Mexico or Colorado? Check out the photos and descriptions that Dennis and Terry have posted on their website for Bike Stories 25, 27, 29, 31 or 33, to name just a few GDMBT segments they’ve covered. The URL for their adventures is http://www.struck.us/BikePics . By the way, in 2010, National Geographic listed riding the GDMBR as number one of its top fifty best American adventures. Which segment are you going to ride?