Jeremy man makes massive motorcycle trek
Jeremy Ranch resident Gary Shumway recently completed a grueling 2,600-mile trek from Mexico to Canada on his motorcycle.
"It was one of those trips of a lifetime," said Shumway, who is currently campaigning for a seat on the new Summit County Council as a member of the Constitution Party. "The purpose of the trip was to cross the United States from south to north on primarily single and dual-track trails."
The Mex2Can took 13 days but is not a race, he stressed.
"It takes several weeks until your hands stop tingling and the puffiness subsides," Shumway said. "We had to run our bikes pretty hard all day long with a few side trips and limited photo ops in order to make the required mileage each day before dark."
Riders enter five states and most of the trip occurs off road, according to Shumway.
By adding oversized fuel tanks and fender and tank bags for packing extra water and parts, Shumway modified his dual-sport motorcycle for the trip.
"You are definitely on your own once you get out on the trail," Shumway said.
His brother Brian also made the trek and experienced two flat tires near the Cerro Gordo Mine at about 8,500 feet, Shumway explained.
"In some of the more remote areas you are 50 miles or more from help," Shumway said.
His brother chose to ride the motorcycle with a flat tire to the nearest town of Lone Pine, California.
"The rim lock kept the tire on the rim enabling us to ride the 40 miles at 30 mph," Shumway said.
Nineteen motorcyclists accompanied the Shumways on the ride.
Shumway said he rode from Tecate, Mexico to Bridgeport, Canada on a Suzuki DRZ 400S that, "you can ride on the road but you can also ride in the dirt."
"The trip included such a diversity in terrain ranging from vast open deserts and dry lake beds to rocky and mountainous terrain, along with lush fern-strewn forests in Northern Idaho," Shumway said. "The ride had it all, tight and technical stuff to flat and wide open."
Temperatures in the day in Death Valley, Calif. rose above 110 degrees, Shumway said, adding that his group endured sleet and hail in Idaho.
Next year Shumway plans to ride the Trans-America Trail and cross the United States from east to west on a motorbike.
"I’ve got the maps for that now There are people I meet who understand why I would undertake the Mex2Can trip, and there are those who never will," said Shumway, who is 58 years old. "I think a trip up to Alaska or down to South America would also be interesting and traveling across Asia or down to Africa would be the ultimate rides."
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