Before, during, and hopefully after account of a Great Divide Route journey in the summer of 2010.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Day 3: Mt. Engadine Lodge to Boulton Creek

Ride time: 2:31
Average: 8.9 mph
Distance: 22.6 mi

Turns out that Ed, the other Great Divide Route biker from California, headed out with us today.  He's in his mid-50s and is a very seasoned outdoorsman.  This is good; it lessens my bear anxiety (of which I haven't seen any yet, and that's okay).  We woke up to overcast skies and no rain, but of course, 2 miles into our ride, it starts to pour.  The bright side: it wasn't nearly as cold or incessant as it has been for the past 2 days.

Right after we donned our rain gear, a coyote comes down the middle of the road.  Nate instructs me to get out the pepper spray and says something about someone recently dying from a coyote attack, but I just checked Google news, and can't find evidence of any such attacks.  Regardless, I got it out and was prepared for a wild coyote attack.  It ran down the other side of the road and probably killed a prairie dog.
A killer coyote!
We rode well as a group of three and had a lot of fun.  We ran into two Belgian bikers that started in Anchorage, AK and had biked down the Pacific coast and were going to end in Calgary in the next few days.

We ended up at Peter Lougheed Provincal Park and camped at Boulton Creek.  

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