Back in 2006, Kirsten Henricksen had no idea her family’s hunting lodge would become a classic stop on the world’s most popular bikepacking route. But when hungry Tour Divide event organizer Matthew Lee rolled into the driveway at Brush Mountain Lodge, things changed. Nowadays, Brush Mountain Lodge is an integral part of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. Henricksen has washed clothes, served pizza, beer, and pancakes, given hugs, and provided chain lube and chamois cream to thousands of cyclists over the years. In 2019 alone, Henricksen served some 800 riders, from Tour Divide racers to Great Divide tourers.
In a recent letter on Kirsten’s blog, she announced that she’ll be taking a much-needed sabbatical in 2022, and the Brush Mountain Lodge will be closed for the summer season. “There will be a spigot with potable water on the porch at the lodge, and I hope to install a couple of vending machines for you as well… but service ‘like we do’ is going to be on hold for this year,” she wrote.
You can read the post here, with a lot of warm thank you to folks who’ve helped run the show over the years.
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