I wanted to begin my Canada-to-Argentina bike trip on the 2,745-mile Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. The guidebook said That you should start by mid-August. I figured I could ride faster than most, so I decided to leave on October 3. The weather had been great, so I wasn't worried. I should have been. —Byron Enns
Illustration: Koren Shadmi
In addition to leaving late, I also packed way too much stuff. I filled an entire bike trailer plus two large panniers with eight books, a small guitar, and enough spare parts To build a second bike.