Monthly Archives: October 2019

Tour Divide Day 20 – Solo

Buzz buzz buzz buzz buzz buzz. The good old 5am alarm. I was used to it now. Time to begin the process. Unscrew valve and go down with the inflatable mat. Exit sleeping bag, scrabble for cycling clothes and enter

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Tour Divide Day 9 – Chilly

The 5am alarm call intruded into my sleep in a manner not dissimilar to those annoying people who push in front of you at a crowded bar to get served first. I was under pressure now as I had to

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Tour Divide Day 10 – To quit or not to quit

Another cold start. Not helped by the tiny portion of Tiramisu. But I managed to leave with the others and only received minimal tutting so things were on the up. As were we with our first objective being a decent

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Tour Divide Day 11 – Crossing the Basin

Normally when water falls from the sky as rain it ends up draining off into an ocean usually via a stream/river/estuary network. An Endorheic basin is an exception to that rule. It’s a mass of land that retains its water

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Tour Divide Day 12 – Banter lots of banter

I had set my alarm five minutes earlier than the others as I’d slept on the floor and needed the extra minutes to deflate my sleeping mat and pack my bag away. This is how tight mornings had become when

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Tour Divide Day 13 – Moments of micro-awe

I so nearly left on time with Davy and Geof after a serious bit of preparation the night before. However, a second poo required my immediate attention and I was forced to wave them up the road. It was a

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Tour Divide Day 14 – The wind in the witless

Unless you are a purist bush sleeper you will frequently encounter motels when racing the Tour Divide. American motels fascinate me as we don’t really have comparable institutions this side of the pond. What I loved about motels were that

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Tour Divide Day 15 – There’s always another climb

Today was a watershed in my Tour Divide racing (sic). I was actually ready to go FIRST. At 5:20am I was bicycled up waiting for Davy and Geof to emerge from their room. This never happened again but I will

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Tour Divide Day 16 – Up high

We left the van in the dark said cheerio to Mike’s blind dog and continued upon the dirt tracks towards Del Norte. I was soon riding on my own absorbed in the “whoopy” trails that undulated through the scenic volcanic

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Tour Divide Day 17 – A bit of a bad mood

Having read this far you’re probably thinking I wish he’d stop moaning all the time and enjoy the scenery. Which would be fair enough as the Tour Divide certainly fills your face with it as you traverse the route. But

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