Nevertheless I suggest the Tour the Divide as something else he might want to consider. "What's that?" he says. "Wellsir, its a ride along the Continental Divide from Banff, Canada to the Mexico border," says I.
He seems intrigued but not having ridden a bicycle in at least 15 years I'm not certain I have him sold.
Shift to the next day. My phone rings.
JD (my friend): I'm just calling to tell you what you've started.
JD: I bought a bike.
JD: I also told my two uncles about this thing and they're both in.
So now I'm not sure if I am committed or not. I'm not a mountain biker per-se (although I'd love to get a Pugsley!).
In any case he felt we needed to begin training right away, so the next morning we went on a 50k to the next town.
|JD and his uncle. The trailhead is just across the street.|
|At this point my light was working, but not for long!|
|JD trying to get his head around his first bike ride in 15 years.|
|My light had long-since konked out. Sunrise about 20 minutes later was beautiful.|
Apparently JD and his uncle are off on about a 30k ride tomorrow. I had to pass because of other commitments. We've a lot of training ahead of us if we are actually working toward the Divide. 100k a day is within my capability but I'm not so sure if you throw in the equivalent of scaling Everest 11 times. I will obviously let you know how this develops.