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Day 7 : Pie Town, New Mexico May 24, 2007

Posted by jonpierson in Uncategorized.

Don’t have a heck of a lot of time to write, but here’s what’s been happening lately on the tour. The hills are getting steeper, we’ve now crossed the Continental Divide a total of 9 times! That includes 6 crossings in the last 2 days. Basically you climb up anywhere from 600-1200 feet, you reach the divide, and then you’re headed back down. It’s up and down all day. The climbs are steep but the weathers perfect and we’re all in good spirits.

Last night we were given a little cabin to use for the night at a church, literally, in the middle of no where. They had a few guys from Indiana on a Mission trip to help build something, anyhow we all ended up having a HUGE homecooked meal followed by a sunset game of volleyball. Lots of fun. Plus we got to sleep indoors! It can get cold at night, into the low 40s. Since my last EMS sleeping bag is not cutting it, I just ordered a Big Agnes 15 degree mummy bag called the Mystic, cause it can get cold! Also got one of their sleeping pads, can’t wait to get it in El Rito in 6 days!! (It’s being mailed.)

It has been windy lately, but the last 2 days it’s been blowing north, which conveniently enough is the direction that we’re going. Our average mileage is about 50 miles a day. Sometimes more, mostly less. I think it’s gonna improve, but as long as we average 50 with a day off a week we’ll get to Banff, in the Canadian Rockies by July 23rd. I’m not too concerned about getting there on time. Right now I’m just focused on one hill at a time. The elevation profile of this ride really determines how you plan your day. I may choose a campsite before a big climb so I can wake up feeling fresh and climb it.

Anyhow, I could go on, but I’ve got to get off the computer and go eat some homemade pie. So far, we’ve had plenty of what you would call “trail angels.” Currently, my Pie Town trail angel is Thea, who owns 15- beautiful acres. These are folks who go out of their way to help Continental Divide hikers and Great Divide Mountain Bikers. So, even though I’m in the woods most of the day, I often arrive in the afternoons to towns where people receive us with open arms and show us an extremely warm sense of kindness and hospitality. Once people find out who we are, it opens a lot of doors so to speak.

That should be about it for a few days. Glad to check in and say hey! Take care everyone, and come back to this page to check in probably once every week or two. PEACE!



1. Rob - May 24, 2007

Your trip sounds amazing so far. I’d love it if you took some pictures of the route so your readers can vicariously experience the trip with you!

2. Heather Maltby - May 25, 2007

Yay Jon!! know how excited you were about this trip and I hope you continue to have an awesome time!! Ride safely and have a blast!
Heather =)

3. free stuff without surveys - August 23, 2011

F*ckin’ awesome things here. I’m very glad to see your articles at Day 7 : Pie Town, New Mexico Jon Pierson’s Great Divide Mountain Bike BLOG!. Thank you a lot and I am looking ahead to contact you. Will you kindly drop me a e-mail?

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