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Published on July 12, 2013, by in Tour Divide 2013.

The last day!  In the morning it was reasonably nice out, with temperatures around 70 degrees  for the 2:15 am wake up call to get ready to roll out for the last 125 miles. Fred ate a big dinner the night before, and planned to eat as much as possible to fuel up for the remaining stretch. Breakfast was honey bun, chocolate mini donuts (always a favorite), bananas, a quart of chocolate milk and orange juice. Ten minutes to take in 2500 calories for the remaining push.

Only a few minutes into the ride, the curse of the flat tire was back.  This was a little bit stressful for Fred at 3:15 am, as he only had the spare tire that had a piece of wire in it that he had switched out a couple of days ago. Being so close but yet so far, he had no choice but to put that tire back on and hope for the best.

They had 18 miles or so of paved road, then a sandy stretch of 30 miles on a gradual climb up to another crossing where the yucca plants grow. It was going pretty well although it got very bumpy and washboarded more toward the end.

Fred & Mike made Separ by 7:45 am, which was pretty good time since that included the time spent switching out the flat tire! They resupplied there and Fred had a coke, more junk food, and got moving on to the next stretch towards Hachita.

At some point before Hachita, they were captured in roadside photography by a crazy paparazzi lady – Caroline had caught up to them on her way to the finish line. When they got to Hachita, they saw a sketchy “town” (and Fred said he uses the word “town” loosely). It was pretty much abandoned all around with people living in houses that looked like they should be bulldozed. The guys stopped in the shade of an old church to get out of the shade and rest for a few minutes, but even that was pretty sketchy.

look for Fred in the doorway!

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From Hachita it was 45 miles to Antelope Wells. Along the route it got hotter, and there was no shade anywhere. At one point they came across a border patrol truck and trailer that had stopped, and they rested there in the “shade” provided by the truck. Mike even laid down on the ground for a minute!

They made a few more stops to eat, as nutrition and staying hydrated was a big deal in the hot New Mexico sun. Fred was trying to eat every 10 miles, and they even made a stop with only 5 miles to go to the border to eat some more. He felt really good on nutrition and wasn’t even starving when he got to the border.

As the miles ticked down to the border, they got emotional upon realizing that they were actually going to finish this thing.

As they drew near, they were greeted by the #1 fan Caroline and her welcome wagon…

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27 days and some change.

2,859 total miles.

Nearly 200,000 feet of elevation gain.

27 continental divide crossings.

11,910 feet at the highest pass.

Dirt roads, fire roads, steep roads, washed out roads, gravel roads, single track, pavement.

1 bear sighting.

11 flat tires.

5 tires ruined.

Milkshakes & chocolate milk…countless!

Alberta. British Columbia.

Montana. Idaho. Wyoming.

Colorado. New Mexico.

Limite de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos.

 

 2013 TOUR DIVIDE FINISHER!!!

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It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.   –Ernest Hemingway

Final Editor’s Note:

I’ve had 28 days to think about what I wanted to say on my final post on this blog, and I still don’t know where to begin! Even though I’ve watched this adventure for four weeks, talked about it, shared the story with family, friends and strangers, and written this blog, it almost seems unreal that my dad actually did this. The enormity of this accomplishment seems too impressive for my small words. I am beyond proud of my dad for his dedication, commitment, physical strength, mental strength, positive attitude, and perseverance. There are so many things in my life that I’ve learned from him, and these are just a few of the qualities that I admire most. My dad is an every day guy who just accomplished something extraordinary. Impossible is nothing.

I also know that he couldn’t have done this without the never ending support of my mom. After all, it was she who told him after last year that he’d have to attempt it again! She has supported him in everything he’s done for the last 35+ years and she’s the glue that holds our family together.

So, to my dad and my mom…I love you, and I thank you both for continuing to inspire me.

To everyone who has read this blog and followed along, thank you for all of your kind words and support. I don’t know what I’m going to do without the dot watching, MTB cast listening, and blog writing! Maybe I’ll spend that time getting out and riding my bike…  :)

 
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Published on July 11, 2013, by in Tour Divide 2013.

A relatively short day in New Mexico, but short does not mean easy in divide riding land. It was 65 miles from Glenwood to Silver City – the final stop before a mad dash to the border early tomorrow morning.

After leaving Glenwood, Fred and Mike had a pretty decent ride for about 30 miles, before the headwinds and the uphill climbs wore them down for 25 brutal miles. By the time they arrived in Silver City, they were  pretty tired but debated moving on a bit further to cut down on tomorrow’s mileage. Ultimately they decided to stick with the original plan of holing up in Silver City, taking care of a few final things, and getting ready for the finish in Antelope Wells tomorrow!

When they got into Silver City, the first stop was Dairy Queen, where Fred fueled up with a milkshake and a smoothie to go. They ventured over to Gila Hike & Bike where they had their bikes looked over and tuned up. They also made the decision to lighten up on gear and they each shipped about 10 lbs of stuff back home. Now they’re really committed to finishing this thing tomorrow, as they will no longer have their tents. :)

The strategy for tomorrow is to get a super early start (3 am) in order to beat a bit of the heat on this last 125 mile section. If all goes well, they have about 10-11 hours of riding in front of them.

The mountains are behind them now…

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I honestly can’t believe the final day is here. These past 27 days have gone by pretty fast in my world…I think about all  I’ve done in the last 4 weeks, and I can’t believe that these guys have been riding their bikes across the continental divide from Canada to Mexico in that time. An incredible accomplishment to say the least.

TO MEXICO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
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Published on July 10, 2013, by in Tour Divide 2013.

Day 26 on the Gila Alternate! The original route through the Gila in New Mexico had been closed earlier in the race, so there was a detour around that section, which Fred and Mike chose to take. The word on the street was that the alternate was slightly easier than the original Gila section, but the alternate route also had flash flooding on the 4th of July. They weren’t exactly sure what they would encounter but they set out along the alternate.

Taking the alternate route also meant they no longer had GPS guidance and the only directions they had was an email they received back in Salida from the race director. Fred’s GPS was on with the topofusion maps showing their route and the surrounding area as well as the original route. They were following what was supposed to be Bursom Road/Route 159 and came upon a fork in the road where they went right. They started descending down and down into a gully area. As they got along a bit further, there were weeds covering the road as if it wasn’t really used. At that point they felt like they were in the wrong spot, so they went with their gut and climbed back up the hill to regroup. Conveniently, after they got to the top, a forest ranger came along and she confirmed their route. She basically told them to stay on the main road without bearing off of it at all, and they’d be all set.

Fred said there were some wicked climbs and descents, and he had to walk a lot, which means it must have been really steep! They were surrounded by ponderosa pine trees, which helped with the heat. At one point they had a little nap underneath the pine trees and rested and ate. After a lot of up and down climbing, they got to the section where the route had reportedly been washed out. People had still been getting through, but they didn’t know what to expect. Fred said that he was thinking a creek had washed out a section of the road, but in reality the road had been washed out from top to bottom for about 8 miles. Tough navigating down the washed out, rutted road, but eventually they made it back out onto route 180.

Route 180 will take them into Silver City. Once again they didn’t really know what to expect on the way since the alternate route directions didn’t have any notes or cue sheets on where there would be food, water or services along that road. They came into a small town called Mogollan, where they found a motel and a couple of restaurants – the perfect oasis after a really tough day. They stayed there at the Whitewater Motel last night.

The plan for today is a relatively short day of 65 miles to get to Silver City…the last outpost before Antelope Wells. Tomorrow they plan to head out early in the morning to beat the heat on the remaining miles and to arrive at the border sometime tomorrow morning. Fred is really excited to have the finish so close!

Today our CFO/Field Reporter/Chief Blue Dot Watcher Caroline is also headed out to New Mexico. She will be there waiting at the finish (I’m sure with lots of food and drinks) to cheer on the guys as they finish this epic adventure!

 
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Published on July 10, 2013, by in Tour Divide 2013.

Day 25 and the great Pie Town adventure! Yesterday Fred and Mike left Grants nice and early at 5am. They had a beautiful ride up through a section called the Narrows, where there are sandstone formations right along the road.

They made it into the famous Pie Town early as they were taking the El Malpais alternate route which meant that the route was 17 miles shorter than they had planned on. Fred said he wasn’t really sure what he thought he would see..but Pie Town was a little disappointing. The Pie Town Cafe was all by itself, a little bit of a ramshackle building, but at least it was open! He ordered blueberry pie and the official report is…he would have MUCH rather had his mother’s blueberry pie. :)   They also had burgers for lunch, and the burger making apparently wasn’t quite as famous as the pie making, as Fred’s burger bun was the 2 bottom buns and Mike’s burger bun was the 2 tops of the buns.

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And it wouldn’t  be a trip to Pie Town without a picture in the cut out sign:

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As it was too early to stop for the day, they decided to keep rolling down the road for 30-40 miles beyond Pie Town. They dodged storms all afternoon, survived a lot of really bumpy roads, and conquered Divide Crossing #22. As they were cresting Divide Crossing #23 the skies started to look really threatening, with thunder and lightning all around. They put on their rain gear (in Fred’s words…to ensure that it wouldn’t rain :) ) but ultimately Mother Nature won out and the skies opened up. He said it was a real New Mexico monsoon and he’d never seen it rain so hard. There were still four miles to go until their planned stop, so they continued on in the downpour until they got to a little collection of buildings where they found some shelter and were planning to camp out last night.

After the incredible monsoon of yesterday, they’re expecting a muddy, slow haul today on route to Silver City. They had to make sure to stock up on supplies as the section that they’re currently in has a whole lot of nothing…long stretches with no places to resupply until they get to Silver City. When asked if he thought they had enough food to make it to Silver City, Fred said he was pretty sure he was carrying enough food for both him and Mike to get them all the way to Mexico! Better to have too much food than not enough food.

The Mexico border is practically in sight!!!!!

 
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Published on July 8, 2013, by in Tour Divide 2013.

I’ll start with some fun tidbits from the previous couple of days in New Mexico. Before making it to Abiquiu, Fred and Mike had stopped in the town of El Rito at a restaurant called El Farolito, which Fred said was ridiculously delicious. The people there knew all about the Tour Divide and even had a guest book for them to sign. They also drew the interest of some fellow diners – a couple with two kids and a grandmother. The family was asking them tons of questions and were really interested in their adventure. When it came time for Fred and Mike to pay their bill, they found out that the family had quietly covered their check without Fred and Mike having any idea. Fred said that it almost made him cry when he found out from the waitress that their check had been paid.

When they made it to Abiquiu, Wanda of the Old Abiquiu B&B was beyond accommodating even though she didn’t have any rooms left (that’s where they slept in a garage!). She insisted on making them some more food even though they weren’t starving since they’d eaten in El Rito. As her B&B only has two rooms for rent, there were no showers available except for her own master bathroom, which she even let them use. After they had cleaned up, they had great conversation with an older couple who were also in awe of the crazy adventure of the Tour Divide. Wanda got up early to make them breakfast, with yogurt, fresh cut fruit, and delicious croissants. She also had a race log for them to sign…I guess they must be getting pretty good at their signatures by now!

Yesterday they rode out of Abiquiu where they gained 3,000 feet in 25 miles and had another 10,000 foot pass with much of the day riding above 9,000 feet. It was really hot out, and also extremely windy. They were riding with a west wind the entire day and the wind only got worse as the day wore on.

Fred and Mike made it to set up camp in the town of Pueblo Pintado, which they described as a bunch of trailers with an abandoned school. They set up the tents next to some buildings for shelter from the wind, but later that night their tents were being blown all around. There was also a flag pole that had ropes banging around and making a ton of noise. Mike scoped out what he thought would be a quieter spot and dragged his tent over, where Fred joined him. They re-set up the camp and got in their tents…only to have an air conditioner unit start up right next to their tents.

After their rough night camping, they headed out to Grants. It was another tough stretch with rough headwinds the entire time. At one point, they passed a mining place with a guard shack where they were offered water to drink. Their only shade for the entire stretch was one tunnel where they stopped to rest and eat:

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In Grants, they stopped to eat at Denny’s and were strategizing for the coming days. There’s a really tough 175 mile section coming up to Silver City, which is known to be one of the most difficult parts of the divide with some tough sections of single track. Instead of pushing on further this afternoon, they decided to get rooms at the Super 8 in Grants for tonight. Fred was getting everything organized and Mike was doing their laundry…nice! Especially nice since Fred hasn’t done real laundry since Helena. That’s in Montana. Probably too long without an officially laundry stop!

Tomorrow, Fred and Mike will head out to another famous stop on the Divide…Pie Town, NM. It’s exactly as it sounds. Only 85 miles stands between them and the reportedly delicious and unusual pies of Pie Town. We are hoping to get the official report on how these pies stand up to the famous pies of Eileen Arden. :)

They are doing great and getting excited to push on toward Antelope Wells, with a solid plan in place to finish the race up on Thursday if all goes as planned. Fred also said that he’s really enjoying everything about the race, especially all of the people who are so accommodating and kind.
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Published on July 6, 2013, by in Tour Divide 2013.

Stressful days of spot tracking! When I talked to my dad two days ago he said he anticipated it being a couple of days without cell reception, at least until Abiquiu, and he was right. Spot trackers aren’t the greatest…cell phone service is not the best…but the most important thing is that NEW MEXICO is here!!!!! Nearly 80% of the ride is done, with 3 weeks on the Divide.  This update is coming pieced together from Mike & Fred’s facebook pages, and anything I could figure out in between. Not too many details yet, but they both posted quick notes on facebook and Mike had some great pictures, so I wanted to share.

Yesterday (Day 21) they had two big climbs after leaving Del Norte, including the giant Indiana Pass at nearly 12,000 feet, with rough descents on the way down. Tons of rocks and boulders. At one point, they entered into a small town that was apparently having a 4th of July parade. They were even asked to be a part of the parade, but alas, they said that they just had to eat and keep on moving. It seems like they stumbled on quite the feast – bbq chicken, brisket, and two kinds of cobbler. They even stopped somewhere for ice cream. Sounds like quite the Independence Day celebration while the rest of us blue dot watchers are worried that they’re out in the desert with no food and water for miles!

small town NM

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Last night they found a good camp site in some trees out of the wind and had a decent night camping out:

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Today they rode on to Abiquiu – where there were no rooms left at the Inn…but they have found a nice safe spot with a lady named Wanda. Looks like they’re set up in a garage/storage shed, and Wanda had made them dinner of baked potatoes and soup. They’re hoping to have a good night’s sleep in the shed, a lovely breakfast from Wanda, and then wake up to push on toward Cuba tomorrow!

Mike’s bed in the shed

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Here are some more pictures from these past two days in New Mexico – including another famous Tour Divide stop – check out Fred shopping at the fully stocked fridge! That looks like quite an oasis for the parched divide rider…

 

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Fred and Mike are doing AWESOME….to MEXICO!

 

 
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Published on July 4, 2013, by in Tour Divide 2013.

Day 19 & Day 20 recaps are in! We last left off in Salida, where they were headed out early on Tuesday morning. They were shooting for Pancho Springs, where they thought they were going to get some breakfast, but alas only found a gas station. Gas station food for breakfast it was – microwaved sausage patties on croissants.

They also ran into a guy from Texas who was shuttling 5 mountain bikers up Marshall Pass to do some biking at the top – they were all amazed ad the dirty, smell tour dividers and wanted their pictures and autographs (just another day in the life for Fast Freddy, right?!). The other mountain bikers asked them tons of questions and could not believe they had been riding since Banff!

Fred & Mike made the big climb up Marshall Pass, another huge elevation of over 10,000 feet. It was a long, gradual climb until the steepness at the top. It was really beautiful with tons of little lakes dotting the scenery and good weather for the climb overall.

lakes on Marshall Pass, Mike at the divide crossing sign

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From there they hit up Sargents, CO for another meal in a small town. They had to get enough food from Sargents to stock up for dinner and for breakfast the next morning, so the to go items included chicken strips and PB&J. I’m guessing chicken strips for dinner, PB&J for breakfast.
They had another big climb to 10,000 feet at Cochetopa Pass, where they were planning to camp out initially. It was another long climb, but gradual enough to make it fairly painless. When they arrived at the Luders Creek Campground at the top of Cochetopa, it was only 7 pm so they decided to move on another twenty or so miles to the “primitive” campground ahead. They ended up stopping there around 8:45 to set up their camp. Caroline asked what “primitive” meant – she thinks this would mean no room service, no bar, and no hot water. Primitive in this instance really just means a flat piece of ground. :)
It gets pretty cold at night at 10,000 feet – Fred’s doing pretty well with his tent set up and staying warm, but Mike’s getting pretty chilly during the cold nights in his tent. When they woke up, they decided to pack up and get back on the trail to Del Norte – it was mostly down hill, only 40 so miles, and a pretty short day overall. They decided that Del Norte was going to be a day to regroup, rest up, work on their bikes, and get ready for New Mexico, where they will have long stretches with no services, no food and no water.
 They had a hard time grabbing a motel room in Del Norte as most were filled with firefighters fighting the south fork and west fork wild fires. They finally found the Brunswick motel – apparently a dive, but more luxurious than primitive camping – and promptly checked in and took a nap. At 3pm, Fred woke up and walked over to a nearby restaurant. As it turns out, the restaurant was only open for breakfast and lunch, and the guy that worked there had everything turned off and was cleaning up. When he saw the hungry tour divider in front of him, he said that he’d cook whatever Fred wanted and would be glad to do so. Fred went and got Mike and they ate at the restaurant and regaled their cook with stories of the divide. A little piece of trail magic as the guy kept his restaurant open just for them!
So after staying in Del Norte to rest up yesterday, they are heading for the border of New Mexico! This morning is the biggest climb that they will face on the entire route – Indiana Pass at over 11,910 feet. Starting off the 4th of July with a BANG!
 One other side note from back in the ghost town of Como. They had stopped for food and there was a guy in his nice, clean, matching outfit getting a couple of things. An old timer at the gas station who was just hanging out said where are you going? He replied he was biking from NC to San Diego. The guy asked him how many miles a day he went and the biker replied “about 70.”  The old timer asked where he slept and the guy said “the motorhome and supply truck are always nearby.”  Then the old guy saw Fred…asked him “how many miles do you go?” Fred replied “about 100-110. I’m carrying everything I need. I bike on trails, fire roads, back roads, etc.”  The old guy’s attention was captured and he quickly was much more interested with the divide rider than the other guy’s luxury touring ride. :)   After that an older couple came in, and they were also riding the divide route…doing 10 miles per day. The lady wanted to buy a gallon of water but her companion said that was too heavy for the ten miles they had to cover!
 
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Published on July 3, 2013, by in Tour Divide 2013.
Updates from Day 18 yesterday! The guys started out the morning in Frisco, and headed to breakfast in Breckenridge. Break in Breck if you will. They left nice and early and had a huge breakfast. This breakfast for the divide rider consisted of pancakes, eggs, homefries, sausage patties, water, orange juice and a 1/2 L of a fruit smoothie.
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After fueling up, it was time for the big climb over Boreas Pass. Fred reports that it was a really long climb but not as hard as he expected. It was long but not extremely steep.  On the other side of the pass was the Gold Dust Trail, a really technical single track section that weaves back and forth for about 5 miles.
Fred atop Boreas Pass
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After the single track section they flew down the other side of the mountain into the town of Como. They stopped at the Como Depot (another famous tour divide hangout) for some drinks, but it was too early to eat at that point. Fred said that Como was like a real life ghost town. He wanted to learn the history of the town…but really there is no time for educational endeavors on the divide. However, I as the internet master have access to wikipedia…and this is what I learned about the town of Como! Fred can read about this on the way back from Mexico. :)

It is believed the town was named by miners from Como, Italy who came to work the coal fields of the area. In 1879 the town became the location of a depot of the Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad, which was extended over Kenosha Pass to reach the silver mining areas during the Colorado Silver Boom. Later, the town served as a division point for trains going northward over Boreas Pass and southward toward Garos and over Trout Creek Pass at the western end of South Park. The town has many historic weathered structures, including the roundhouse, hotel and depot and has the air of a ghost town that is still nevertheless populated, by 20 people. It has a small commercial district consisting of a post office, gallery, hotel and general store. The depot is currently under renovation with intention of turning it into a principal tourist attraction in the area.

After the ghost town of Como came intense headwinds and rolling washboard bumpy roads for 25 miles. They then encountered another bustling metropolis in the town of Hartsel. Mike went to the local store with high prices, stale food, and nothing on the shelves. Fred went to the gas station and loaded up on whatever he could find – including his usual favorite 2 chocolate milks, orange juice, gatorade, pop tarts, protein bars and more. Gas station gourmet all the way. Another racer called in to MTB cast and had made it into New Mexico where his credit card was declined – he said he figured his credit card company thought someone stole his card and has been randomly popping into gas stations to spend $60 on junk food along the continental divide.
Hartsel’s attractions (courtesy of google images)
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From Hartsel they continued riding on into big headwinds, and at one point it was so bad Fred just got off of his bike and walked for a mile or so. To add to the fun, there was another stream crossing just to make it interesting, so they got all muddy and wet.
Finally they descended on a paved road into Salida where Fred continued his knack for getting to bike shops as they’re getting ready to close. He arrived at Absolut Bikes at 6:42 pm (they closed at 7pm, so he had 18 whole minutes!). When he got there he finally bought new shorts! He’s thrown out his duct tape pair and hopes he doesn’t need them again. He also stocked up on some nutrition supplies at the bike shop as this is the last chance for a bike shop until the end! The only other problem that he’s having is one of bike shoes has started ripping on the top – he looked at new ones at the bike shop but definitely couldn’t bear the thought of breaking in new shoes at this point. The solution…duct tape. Duct tape shorts, duct tape shoes. Hopefully they’ll hold up the rest of the way!
They stayed in Salida at the Woodlands last night and ordered pizza and salads delivered for dinner. Today they were heading out from Salida to Poncha Springs for breakfast and pushing on the route to Del Norte. They’re planning to camp at a campground somewhere around 10,000 ft tonight.
Nearing 2,000 miles – New Mexico is practically in sight!
 
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Published on July 1, 2013, by in Tour Divide 2013.

Yesterday, Day 16, the guys had to leave the lovely hospitality of the Brush Mountain Lodge and head out to their next destination for the evening – Lynx Pass Campground. Looks like a lot of relaxin’ with feet up on the table at the Brush Mountain Lodge:

Fred chillin at the BML

Fred and Mike were heading for Steamboat after leaving the lodge, with the goal to get to the Orange Peel bike shop for service. They had a steep couple mile incline leaving the lodge, and a rocky descent on the way down. The 50 miles to Steamboat took them around 5 hours, but they made it in to the Orange Peel in the early afternoon.

The guys at the bike shop were telling the locals that it would be 2 weeks for service on their bikes – but luckily they could squeeze in Mike, Fred, and JD’s bikes right in a row. Mike and Fred rode with JD a bit, which was fun twist as JD has a camera crew following him (flashback to Fred’s stint as a movie star in the acclaimed film – 140.6: The Triathlete’s Journey!). They ate lunch at a barbeque joint next door the Orange Peel and Fred and Mike both called in to MTB cast from Steamboat as well.

The CFO reports that the damage done at the Orange Peel was $532…new drive train, new chain, new tires (of course), and who knows what else. They had to stock up on food in Steamboat to get them to Kremmling, so Fred also acquired a burrito (for dinner) and a quesadilla (for breakfast) to go.

They faced the big climb up Lynx Pass yesterday to get to the Lynx Pass Campground at 9,000 feet, where they set up camp last night. It was really hot on the ascent up the pass, but they were happy to arrive at the campground before dark. They set up in the day light and found a hand pump well to get some water. It wasn’t working too well but Fred eventually figured out how to get some water out of it – and then he double filtered it. Can’t be too careful with that Colorado water! They were camped kind of out in the open and went to sleep around 9:30 pm. Fred was awakened by rain, and then got up and moved his tent back into the woods some more. He couldn’t get comfortable and then came up with the brilliant idea to use his helmet underneath his airmattress/sleeping bag as a pillow. Sounds…comfortable? Not really. He has to use four pillows at home in his bed, but a helmet pillow suffices on the Divide!

Today, Day 18, they woke up early, Fred ate his breakfast quesadilla, and they were rolling by 6am. It was really cold at 9,000 feet in the morning, so Fred had on his long coat and his full fingered gloves. I saw on Mike’s facebook page that he had to put on every piece of clothing he had but he was still cold and uncomfortable.

Around 5 miles after they left Lynx Pass they had to cross a creek – and the creek was about waist deep where the trail was. They scouted around a little off the trail and found another spot to cross where the water was knee height for Fred. Creek crossing on the divide  sounds intense when it’s frigid water and you have to also get your 50 lb bike/gear across. It’s like a real life scene from the Oregon Trail game when you have to ford the river with your oxen…and I swear you almost always lose an ox, or somebody gets dysentery, or your wagon tips over…luckily it sounds like the guys made it across pretty successfully. :)
From there it was more uphill riding and then a fast downhill. They stopped in Radium near the Colorado River at a whitewater rafting place – the guy there was just leaving to shuttle his rafters up the river but he left the door open behind him, and Fred and Mike were able to get some Gatorade and water and just left some cash behind. After Radium came another big climb to Inspiration Point – here are some pics from Mike: inspiration point 2  inspiration pointFrom Inspiration Point, it was on in to Kremmling, where they made it to a local store and decimated their drink selection. Fred’s drinks included 2 chocolate milks, a chocolate milkshake, orange juice, naked berry juice drink, and Gatorade and water to go. He also got 2 bananas, a turkey sandwich, and 2 hard boiled eggs.

On the climb out of Kremmling up yet another mountain pass, the weather turned a little bit nasty with wind and some rain. They could see some storms in the distance and at one point decided to just stop and relax between two bushes for a few minutes. On top of the pass was a beautiful view, and then a huge big downhill. Fred reported that he got up to 35 MPH on the downhill on the long 13 miles into Silverthorne. In Silverthorne, they stopped at Wendy’s for food, and then decided to push on to Frisco for tonight!
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Fred has officially made it farther along the route than he did in 2012, where his ride ended in Silverthorne. Tomorrow will bring new territory and another test with the climb up Boreas Pass at over 11,000 feet. This will be one of the highest mountain passes on the route. From there, they’re planning to push onward to Salida.
Less than 1,000 miles to go – TO MEXICO!
 
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Published on June 29, 2013, by in Tour Divide 2013.

Yet another epic milestone…leaving Wyoming! And I’m pretty sure Fred was happy to see that one  go. :) Canada, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming complete. Colorado and New Mexico remain!

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Fred and Mike rolled out of Rawlins at 6am yesterday after a continental breakfast from their luxurious accommodations. The curse of the flat tire returned just 5 miles into the ride yesterday morning – for those keeping track, that’s flat #7 and another ruined tire. But, all things  considered, if flat tires are the worst thing that happen…that’s not too shabby. There was a dude that got struck by lightning and was completely disoriented (luckily he is ok and still riding!). So, I’d rather hear about flat tires than getting struck by lightning…

The excitement from yesterday was that the famous Billy Rice caught up to them. Now, if you thought that riding 2,745 miles from Canada to New Mexico was intense, how about riding from New Mexico to Canada northbound and then turning around and heading southbound for nearly 5500 miles of riding?! He’s known as the “yo-yo” for riding the route like this.

Fred with Billy the Yo-Yo

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Fred and Mike rode with Billy from around the border of Colorado up to the Brush Mountain Lodge. They got there around 3pm, which was another pretty early day for them. They had burgers, fruit, and of course tons to drink in the afternoon when they arrived and were planning to eat again when the dinner crowd arrived later.

Brush Mountain Lodge

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He also said that he could have probably made it to Steamboat Springs last night (50 miles past the Brush Mountain Lodge), so he was second guessing his decision to stay at Brush Mountain a little bit. But, it was really hot on the road up the the lodge and everybody raves about the hospitality of the place, so all in all Fred was happy to be there having some food, refueling and relaxing.

 Today he’ll be rolling into Steamboat as soon as he can for a new chain, new brakes, and of course new tires from the Orange Peel bike shop. From there he’ll likely be headed up to the Lynx Pass area for the night.
I’ll end with a few more pictures from yesterday:
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