After Continental Divide

East of Butte Montana

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What is crossing the Rocky Mountains Like?

Contrary to popular belief, the Rockies is not really a mountain range. They are an entire system of mountain ranges.  There is a large region of North America that is loosely referred to as "The Rockies."  It can be more like biking TROUGH the mountains, rather than over the mountains. 

Much of the region consists of broad and flat river valleys, such as  western Montana between the mountain ranges.  There are big ranges to cross between sections of the region. 

In one part of Wyoming, between Cheyenne and Laramie, one can cross the continental divide with out seeing a mountain.  It is high plains.  Of course one must get up onto those plains to begin with.  Planning a route through the Rockies can bring a wide variety of experiences, depending on which way one goes.

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My 1993 bicycle trip