Pacific Divide Route 2018
About the ride
We are very excited to offer this new adventure route down the entire length of the west coast of America. The route follows the western mountains known as the Cascade Range and the Sierra Nevada Range. The ride starts on the border with Canada and finishes at the border of Baja Mexico. While the ride follows through the spectacular mountains, it offers 3 options of adventure:
First, riders can choose all paved options enabling a relaxed, more street bike style adventure (Green Routes)
Second, riders can choose an adventure bike style ride similar in style to the popular backcountry routes which offers a lot of dirt roads both graded and jeep style 2 track (Blue Routes) (Yes, good tough guy stuff)
Finally, riders can opt to bring Dual Sport style bikes and elect to take rougher options including some trails and rougher dirt sections (Red Routes)
The exciting part about this ride is that riders can choose their own level of adventure exposure each day to meet their desire and excitement.
The ride includes motels and we will be eating at restaurants so riders will not need to bring camping or cooking gear. Each day our route will take us to the next motel and many days we will have an option of lunch on the trail. Each morning riders will grab breakfast and team up with their riding buddies, grab their daily snacks and begin their adventure. The day's adventures are long with many rich options along the way.
After the day's ride, riders perform bike maintenance and join up for happy hour and dinner. Then it is often to bed early as the next day comes quickly.
This ride includes a support truck. Riders can place one small overnight bag in the truck but should carry much of their gear on their bikes as the conditions and weather can change greatly during the day.
Riders should also carry any supplies for bike repairs and maintenance on the trail (like flat tires).
Motel arrangements are double occupancy and riders will be assigned a different roommate every night. This allows everyone to get to know each other during the ride and prevents tension from building during a long ride. And if your roommate snores, you only have to put up with it for one night!
Call it like I see it gpsKevin: "The Great Pacific Divide Route is fast becoming one of the Great American routes. Like the Great Continental Divide Route it covers spectacular remote mountains but of the western states of California, Oregon and Washington. The remoteness and beauty are second to none. After having ridden this route last summer and hundreds of other rides like it, I understand why they say all the best riding is out west."
The cost to join this 14 day ride is $1,895. This covers your lodging for the 15 nights during the ride and the cost of a support truck and driver. This also covers your ride packets which include a custom Garmin GPS Map on a micro SD card and printed ride maps and descriptions.
Sorry the ride is full, but I often get cancellations, so add your name to the Waiting list and you can still possible join.
After your signup, riders will receive an email from me with further ride information and instructions.
Note: Riders must make full payment by July 1st, 2018
Riders will receive ride packets in the mail one week before the ride.
Do not sign up for this ride unless you are serious about coming. I take your signup very seriously and start planning for you the minute you sign up. If you need to cancel up to one month prior to the ride start date I will give you a full refund but I will keep $100 to cover the planning work. Sorry but I make non refundable commitments myself so it gets hard for me. "I hate this world of non refundable deals myself." If you need to cancel within one month of the ride I cannot give a refund unless I can find a replacement rider. In the case of finding a replacement rider, I will gladly give you the full refund minus the $100 to cover the planning work. In the event of ride cancellation, you will be given a full refund.
I know many of you also enjoy dreaming about the ride and making your plans, so here is the detail, enjoy!
Yoda gpsKevin Yoda Greg (support Van)
View the ride maps below
OK since many of you like to study more detail about the ride, below are the ride maps.
I put these ride maps on the web page because I know a few of you love looking at the ride detail and dreaming about the ride. At first glance these maps do not look so impressive, but they are way cool. If you start zooming in, you can see the ride in incredible detail. I have spent a ton of hours sorting through the details of the ride for each day, so for those of you that enjoy this sort of thing, well enjoy!
The Blue lines are MAIN Backcountry Routes mostly dirt roads
The Red lines are Hard Alternate Routes (Dualsport)
The Green lines are a mix of back Paved Routes
Black lines are out and backs to gas and motels
Motorcycle Shipping Options
Notes: Riders bike shipping options:
Ship bikes to:Seattle WA
Fly into Seattle International airport
Drive time on a bike to the starting hotel is 5 hours.
Ship bike home from: San Diego
Fly home from San Diego Airport
Drive time on a bike from the ride finish to San Diego is 1 hour
Recommend Federal Companies Transports: 888-483-7117
Note you can make arrangements with gpsKevin to store your bike and you can ship from this loaction
How does the ride navigation work?
This is a self-led GPS ride; all riding is on your own. You are responsible for your own riding. You will be given a GPS map file and instructions on how to use your Garmin GPS unit. People will hook up in small groups of less than 6 riders and tend to ride together. You are not encouraged to ride alone. You are responsible for your own riding and yourself.
(see my ride Navigation Video)
Are you right for this ride?
When something goes wrong on a ride, would your riding friends say that you are more likely to need help or more likely to give help? You should be in the more likely to offer help camp. This ride is filled with riders that are more likely to give help, so most of the time the riders never need help. Additionally there is all the normal stuff, come prepared to maintain your bike, fix your bike on the trail, repair flat tires, deal with bad weather and rain and make a joke or two.
How do I make the GPS stuff so easy?
I develop very high quality ride maps custom for our ride. They come from much of what I and others have ridden. I take the best from all my rides and make new ones.
(See my Custom Ride Maps Video)
Note from me, gpsKevin
My goal for this ride is simple, great riding, so you can count on great routes and places to ride.
But in addition: the ride is about discovering new places, meeting new friends, seeing new parts of the Southwest.
Who is going on the ride?
Roberto C, Mexico City
Keith M, Potomac, MD
Keith B, Bakersfield, CA
2006 KTM 950S
Kip W, Federal Way, WA
Tim B, Anaheim, CA
John J, Lebanon NJ
Chris S, Santa Rosa CA
Honda Africa Twin
Joey L, Marana, AZ
Honda Africa Twin
Larry M, Lethbridge Alberta
Steve F, Gold River CA
Bill D, Kahului, HI
gpsKevin, San Diego CA
Daniel C, Cotati CA
Brian W, Winthrop Harbor, IL
James D, Alberta Canada
KTM 990 Adventure
Norman A, Sigourney, IA
Greg M, Moved to AZ
Joe H, Danville, CA
KTM 1190 Adventure
Olivier , Huntington Beach, CA
Christophe P, Thionville , France
John D, Huntington Beach, CA