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The Art of Bikepacking
The Continental Divide

"Thank you for your support to make this project a reality - art and storytelling against the backdrop of one badass adventure."
- Mike Shisler




On May 29, 2024 I will strap camping gear, art supplies and a few day's worth of food onto my steel frame gravel bike. After that, I'll be dropped off at the Mexico border crossing at Antelope Wells, New Mexico.

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Over the next four to six weeks I will bike 3,000 miles North along a loosely defined route of gravel roads known as the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (GDMBR) as I make my way to Jasper, Alberta, Canada. Riding from sunrise to sunset, I plan to cover roughly 70 to 100 miles per day before setting up my tent each night.

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I will carry a sketchbook and watercolor palette to make one or two plein air paintings each day. Each painting takes about an hour to complete and will ultimately be featured in a book titled "The Art of Bikepacking : The Continental Divide".


Your Support

Pre-ordering a copy of the book will directly fund this project and allow me to bring you beautifully illustrated stories, insightful essays, and tales from an epic bikepacking adventure.

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