|Start Banff, Alberta||7/30||7/29|
|Roosville, MT, US border*||215||5||8/3||8/3|
|Big Fork, MT||125||3||8/6||8/7|
|#2 – rest day||8/7||8/8|
|Missoula area, MT||147||4||8/11||8/12|
|#3- rest day||8/15|
|Ashton area, ID||306||7||8/23||8/27|
|#4- rest day||8/24||8/28|
|Jackson area, WY**||70||2||8/25||8/30|
|– rest day||9/4||x|
|Steamboat Springs***, CO||136||3||9/7||9/9|
|– rest day||9/11||x|
|Del Norte, CO******||153||4||9/18||9/21|
|– rest day||9/19||x|
|#11 – rest day||9/28||9/29|
|Silver City, NM||262||6||10/4||10/5|
|Antelope Springs, NM||124||2||10/7||10/7|
|End Mexico border||10/7|
Prior to my bike trip, I attempted to “guestimate” my progress (see planned) to assist in estimating where and when I might be for friends that might join me for a portion of the ride.
In hindsight, it was a shot in the dark. But to my surprise, I actually finished on October 7, my estimated completion date! I could not have managed that if I tried.
My estimated planned “Rest days” quite often were different than actual. Basically, if you see a cool town, you’re tired and hungry, then you stay a day. Especially, if the town has a brew pub.
I took 11 rest days, as follows:
Big Fork, MT
Leadville, CO**** (hiked up Mt Elbert)
Salida, CO (2 days)*****
Cumbres & Toltec train ride from Antonito, CO to Chama, NM******
I thought that Whitefish, MT – Butte, MT – Silver City, NM were interesting towns, also.