With deep snow in the Colorado mountains, we leaped from the northern border of New Mexico to the southern border of Wyoming, where we had our most fascinating overnight stay yet–at Ladder Ranch, WY, a massive working sheep and cattle ranch since 1881, for six generations. We stayed in a comfy room in the cookhouse, […]
We’re opening to our vulnerability out here, physically from the vicissitudes of body, weather, and gear, and emotionally from the astounding spaciousness of blue sky and sagebrush terrain. Porter awoke in the New Mexico desert one morning to snow falling. He had camped a mile down a red clay trail to find a bush out […]
This journey is a mix of assiduous attention to detail for survival and contemplation of luminous landscapes for the soul. After driving, sometimes for hours, to Porter’s drop-off trailhead, together we work for almost an hour to unload his mountain bike, Goat, from its vertical bike rack with its various locks and accoutrements, put on […]
Gail and Porter Storey begin the 2,774-mile Great Divide Mountain-Bike Route from Mexico to Canada, with Porter solo biking and Gail hiking while doing support and logistics.
Gail and Porter Storey hike the 3,100-mile Continental Divide Trail from the border of Mexico to Canada, with Porter hiking mostly solo and Gail as trail-angel support.
Our well-earned trail-names: Og, Intrepid, and She Who Must Be Obeyed!
Og survives storms in the western Collegiates, Gail talks him into a real tent, Amber talks herself into Malbec plus champagne.
Og (aka Porter) gets sick but makes it into Wyoming on the CDT, and Amber kisses Nathan.
I was out hiking by myself when I happened upon this magnificent bull moose, about seven feet tall, blocking the trail! I backed up respectfully and got behind a tree, as one is supposed to do. Moose can charge at any time, so I waited quietly for quite a while until it plunged into the […]
This section of the Continental Divide Trail, from Copper Mountain to Grays Peak, parted ways with the Colorado Trail to head north. Og (aka Porter) hiked knife-edge ridges with steep drop-offs on both sides. He saw few other hikers but lots of wildlife, from marmots, ptarmigans, and ravens to mountain goats! He melted snow to […]