alexyoung wrote:Is there a map available? Also, if I decide I cant make it for the full 50, is the 35 on the same route?
The map is available in the trail guide but here is a link:http://mmba.org/library/maps/highcountrypathway/HighCountryPathwayHUGE.jpg
Your next question is a loaded question
There are logistics involved with dropping cars and picking up cars. Last spring, we had a couple riders riding the entire 80 mile loop so we had to leave cars at numerous "potential bail out" spots. I don't think there will be as many bail out spots this year but usually the car drop off point logistics are figured out the morning of the ride. In answer to your question, dropping out of the 50 and only doing the 35 might depend which way the 50 miler ride starts and stops. Last year, the 35 milers drove a car and left it at Pigeon Bridge and rode back to Clear Lake Campground (CCW). The 50 milers started at Clear Lake Campground and rode CW to a car beyond Pigeon Bridge (can't remember exactly where the 50 miler starts and stops since I only did the 35 miler). There was some talk of doing the northern section of the 50 miler this fall and that could probably be done CW or CCW. There are lots of options that will probably start popping here on this thread the closer we get to the ride time and even then, it won't be set in stone until you get to camp
FYI - The 35 miler I rode last year only wound up being ~28 miles for me since I "missed" the trailhead on a short section of gravel road that you ride (wasn't a problem since the road takes you back to Clear Lake Campground in a round about way). I say missed but after riding my 26" SS with 2.1:1 gearing for 5-6 hours, my legs were about spent. I will be running the same SS for this ride but with 1.6:1 gearing. Average speed on this ride for me was about ~5-6mph.