Not long ago a conversation over a coffee planted a seed in my friend. He had not been on a bicycle since he was a teen but now there was a spark in him, he was committing to the Tour Divide. This is a race and an adventure that I would love to be a part of, but until or if I ever do, he is my hero. He has made the investment in the training and the equipment. He has purchased a one-way ticket (because he doesn't know where he'll end up finishing) and is getting increasingly nervous because he flies out next Wednesday.
I will be following him with his spot tracker all the way. Look for him. His name is JD Pauls. That's him in the red.
He trains fully loaded - that's his full Tour Divide kit. I am trying to convince him to shave his legs (when he wipes out he'll thank me, but he says he's not going to wipe out!)
Good luck JD!