This year the snow pack along the route that the Tour Divide follows is bad. Really bad. There are rumblings on the internet of re-routes around some of the worst sections. Some sections are easy to get around, while others prove more challenging. To get an idea of the snow levels, Dave from 2 Epic.com posted some screen grabs of the route.
This brings up the question of how to approach this year’s Tour Divide. Some of the vets are already looking at postponing their start. Trying to give the snow more time to melt. However, even after the snow melts, you still have to worry about mud and swollen streams/rivers. This may just be a bad year for the Tour Divide. At least for me.
I’m going to stick to my planned start date. I’ve already got the flight/room/hotel booked. I can’t really postpone it anyways as I have to be back by a specific date. This may mean that I won’t be able to ride the Tour Divide proper. Kind of a bummer. Really it only means that my name might not appear on a website. I still have the chance to ride across the United States. So I have that going for me, which is nice.