The Final Miles

Marco and Simon at the Mexican BorderOur last day started out wonderfully well. We had slept under the stars in the desert, woke before sunrise and were on our bikes as soon as it began to get light. The air was cool (ish) and the trail was good, and although we were a little bit sad that it was the last day of the ride, I think both Marco and I were excited about reaching our goal; the Mexican border post of Antelope Wells.

We still had about 80 miles to go, including the infamous (among Divide riders) Lonely Highway; the seldom used road that covers the final 45 miles from Hachita to Antelope Wells.  Naturally, it is uphill (if only very slightly) and of course we were riding into a headwind but the hardest thing about the road was the complete lack of traffic; I counted around 15 cars during those miles, and most of those were Border Patrol vehicles.

The silence gave me plenty of time to reflect on the trip overall. It seems like light years ago since we left Banff, but at the same time, the ...

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Last miles of gravel road on the way to Antelope Wells

It’s a short video I did while biking to show the scenery around us for those last miles of dirt road. The speech is in French but due to the wind you can’t get most of it anyway ;-) enjoy the landscapes !!!

[Great Divide - La fin du voyage][] from [Marc-Aurele Brothier][] on [Vimeo][]. Le dernier bout de chemin en gravier avant les 60 miles sur route pour aller à Antelope Wells [Great Divide - La fin du voyage]: [Marc-Aurele Brothier]: [Vimeo]: more ...

Simon and Marco make it to Mexico!

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I’ve been following the SPOT on and off for most of the day following Simon and Marco’s progress as they have made their way from Silver City across the desert to Separ, along the dirt track parallel to Highway 10 down to Hachita and then south down the 47 longest miles in the world in the heat to the Mexican border.

At 12.28h (New Mexico Time) 19.28 (GMT) they made it to the Antelope Wells and the Mexican Border. In doing so completing nearly 3000 miles of cycling from Banff, Canada in just over five weeks.

Well done guys! Hoe you enjoyed the beers!

[Screenshot of the SPOT tracker page]: /images/2009/07/Antelope-Wells.jpg

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Just a little reminder…

We are almost at the border - 130 hot miles to go. Please visit the Charity page on this site and make a donation to charity if you’ve enjoyed reading about our journey. It really helps to keep me going through the pain, knowing that some good is coming from my efforts!

Thanks so much everyone for the messages of support - really appreciated. Next stop Antelope Wells and then on to Phoenix, where I promise we will get some pictures uploaded. Maybe they will inspire some of you guys to do something similar…..?!

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