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Leaving the picturesque town of Banff, Alberta in the Canadian Rockies, Lachlan Morton has at least 2,696 miles ahead of him before he reaches Antelope Wells, New Mexico. Along the way, he will no doubt encounter wild animals, challenging terrain and high altitude, but before any of the more traditional difficulties posed by the Great Divide route, the Australian has already been met by a series of forest fires just hours into his latest ultra-endurance adventure.
Aboard his decked-out Cannondale Scalpel HT Hi-MOD Ultimate, Morton set out from Banff yesterday morning and had planned on a fairly straightforward first day in the saddle to Fernie, British Columbia. Unfortunately for the EF Education-EasyPost adventurer, lightning storms in the area were the cause of most of the 47 new forest fires that were reported on Monday. As reported by CBC, this brings the total in the British Columbia province to above 400.
Undeterred by the forest fires, Morton worked his way around numerous road closures along the route and eventually arrived in Fernie at 19:30 local time on Tuesday evening. As GCN ahead of his departure, Morton is intent on not falling into deep swathes of sleep deprivation during this attempt – in […]