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GDMBR: smoky Montana and Glacier National Park

'The track between Butte and Helena towards Park Lake is the most challenging part of the whole Great Divide Mountain Bike Route', I read on the Adventure Cycling map. So, we give ourselves a day off in the mining town of Butte to prepare for this challenge. Stuffed with even more burgers (what else is there to eat in the US??) we hit the road to Basin on a paved climb to another continental divide crossing.

GDMBR: crossing the Great Basin in windy Wyoming

After crossing the state line into Wyoming the scenery changes dramatically. From the white peaked 14.000-ers we find ourselves on wide open, grassy land with cows and pronghorns. The first we've seen more than mosquitoes, but the pronghorns are new to us, but there are plenty of these animals running away from us. Not strange, since they are the fastest land mammal after the cheetah ...or is it because we start to smell?!?

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  • Cordillera Blanca, Peru

    Cordillera Blanca, Peru

    I love the mountains and I curse them. They make me happy and then again they suck the energy right out of me. But, there's something inside me that wants to concur them. Something inside me that tells me to go for it, to cross passes above 4500 meter altitude. I am the happiest person in the world once I've reached the top; yes, it's all worth it.

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  • Laguna route, Bolivia

    Laguna route, Bolivia

    "Isn't it beautiful?"
    "Hmmmm...."
    The icy winds are slamming into my face, my lips are split, my toes are freezing cold and at over 4600 meter I am pushing my heavily loaded bicycle through deep sand.. I can't see the beauty anymore. I'm alone with my thoughts...

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  • Pamir Highway, Tajikistan

    Pamir Highway, Tajikistan

    I find myself deeply tucked away into my coat. My hat almost hiding my eyes, only the tip of my nose is visible and facing the cold air. In front of me is Elmar cycling exactly in the same way. The snow is blowing horizontally, straigth into our faces. I feel the flocks melt on my cheeks.

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  • Sossusvlei, Namibia

    Sossusvlei, Namibia

    It's still dark as we wait at the entrance of Sossusvlei. We've arranged a ride with the 4x4 drivers working at the famous dunes, since we cannot enter with our bicycles. It's a bit chilly, but we know it will be blazing hot again once the sun rises.

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  • Ladakh, India

    Ladakh, India

    Jeezzz, this is too much! It hurts.. I'm nackered. I lift myself up from the saddle and use my own weight to push the pedals round. With a last effort I manage to keep the cranks turning and I crawl further up into thin air. I can see the pass.., I saw it this morning for that matter! It's still 20 painful kilometers away from me. In the distance; the Tachlang La with no less than 5331 meter one of the highest motorable passes in the world. It would be so much easier to just turn around and quit, but I just won't...

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