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Eddie O’Dea Turns into First Rider to Full the New 5,960 Mile Jap Divide Path!


It’s been roughly 78 days since Eddie O’Dea set off on a motorcycle experience from Newfoundland, Canada. His vacation spot? The Southernmost level in the US by way of the brand new Jap Divide Path. Having efficiently made it to Key West, Florida, Eddie has change into the primary particular person to efficiently full the epic journey, elevating cash for the Georgia Biking Affiliation alongside the way in which.

What might be the “longest contiguous off-road-centric bikepacking route on the earth,” the Jap Divide Path (EDT) makes the Nice Divide route appear like a stroll within the park. OK, not likely, however the EDT is nearly twice as lengthy and claims to have much more climbing with Bikepacking.com itemizing it at 315,00′ of complete ascent.

Eddie’s spot tracker confirmed fairly a bit much less at solely 165,556′, which remains to be greater than the claimed 149,664′ of the GDMBR. However being the primary particular person to ever end the whole route, Eddie famous a couple of instances on his experience recaps that the GPS observe of the route wasn’t all the time doable to observe, and it looks as if the route remains to be in improvement in spots.

Nonetheless, it was an epic complete of 6,018.5 miles that was accomplished with a median transferring pace of 9.5mph.

The 8 segments of the EDT. Picture c. Bikepacking.com

Divided into 8 barely extra manageable segments, Bikepacking.com states that the route was the concept of Brett Davidson and has been within the works for at the very least six years now. Lately, the mission has been led by Logan Watts and a workforce of native riders to finish all eight segments. You may try every of these segments individually over at Bikepacking.gom.

As a co-founder of what’s now the Georgia Biking Affiliation, Eddie used the experience as a charity alternative to lift funds for the group with assist from plenty of sponsors. That features sponsors for his experience – a Rodeo Labs Flaanimal with a Redshift Kitchen Sink Handlebar, and RockGeist baggage.

Eddie O'dea Eastern Divide Trail finish in Key West Florida

Photograph courtesy of Eddie O’Dea

Having rolled into Key West on the 18th, Eddie efficiently accomplished his journey, and has raised 76% of his $45,000 fundraising objective. Need to assist him attain that objective? There’s nonetheless time, try the hyperlink beneath.

We’ll be internet hosting Eddie on the Bikerumor Podcast after he grabs some much-deserved relaxation. Have questions for Eddie or concerning the EDT? Drop them beneath, and we’ll do our greatest to search out the solutions.

Congratulations, Eddie!

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