Before, during, and hopefully after account of a Great Divide Route journey in the summer of 2010.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Breakfast with Dan

Nate and I had a delicious breakfast with my good friend Dan this morning at the Iron Horse Hotel here in Milwaukee.  He currently lives in Boulder, Colorado and as we were consuming Wisconsin-sized proportions of oatmeal, poached eggs, pancakes, and an omelet, he stated that he'd meet up with us while we make our way through Colorado in August.  I'm holding him to it.

With that being said, if any friends, family members, or unknown weirdos want to meet up with us while on the route, feel free to drop us a line.  You can enjoy watching us eat copious amounts of food in some local diner while we relay our accounts of being chased by rabid dogs or stampeded by a herd of cattle.

Hope to hear from you!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

It's All Going to Fit...I Swear

Here's my bike with all the bags on it.  You can see that the handlebar harness bag will hold my sleeping bag and perhaps the tent.  The triangle-shaped bag is the frame bag and Nate's frame bag will hold the tent poles.  We're trying to work out how the Super Twinkie (the bag that hangs off the seat) is going to stay off my rear tire.  I think Nate and Ian, from Cory the Bike Fixer, are going to design some sort of support.  Going for a ride today--it's 66.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Epic Design Bags

The doorbell rang Monday morning, and there was our little bundle of joy from Anchorage, Alaska.  I can't really imagine fitting all of our gear into these eight bags, but whatever.  We will make it work.  Eric from Epic Designs even included a little handwritten note in the box.  I love it when people do that.  If you go to his site, check out his videos of him rafting with his bike on the raft.  Crazy.

I was reading some other GDR biker's blog and he was reflecting on his experience of being picked up in New Mexico after he competed his journey.  He wished he had packed clean change of clothes along with a belt because he had lost 25 pounds during the two months he was riding.  Jebus.  That's serious weight loss.  He commented that it was fat, plus a lot of muscle.  I've definitely got chub to lose before the trip.