• 12-22-2012
    FNFAL
    Noob's perspective of Tour Divide
    Howdy guys,

    I managed to start a Wordpress for my tour divide writing. I'll be uploading all the chapters by the end of this weekend. Right now, I'm up to chapter 4. I believe I've caught all the spelling, grammar, and things that don't make sense. Hopefully.

    If you are thinking about this race, give it a read.

    I'm a total cycling noob, as far as TD is concerned. This is an account written by a total noob.

    Nick's Misadventure Page
  • 12-22-2012
    MTBeing
    Excellent so far. I can only imagine how a hot meal tastes at the end of one of those long dreary days. Keep up the great writing as I'm subscribing to this one.
  • 12-22-2012
    WVJon75
    Great writing! I read chapter 4 completely before realizing it was not chapter 1...lol. I think it should be published in Dirt Rag.
  • 12-22-2012
    evenslower
    I'm hooked, bookmarked. You should do us all a favor and start a mailing list so we can be notified of new chapters : )
  • 12-22-2012
    Live2rideUtah
    Subscribed, very cool writings
  • 12-22-2012
    mattnmtns
    Thanks for sharing! The way you describe your experience is exactly the reasons I am drawn to outdoors activities.
  • 12-22-2012
    FNFAL
    Thanks guys. Chapter 6 just went up.
  • 12-22-2012
    EMFC
    Is it me or are they all out of order, where is Chapter 1?

    I figured it out, so far great write up. :thumbsup:
  • 12-23-2012
    6thElement
    Great stuff, I'm probably stood just to your left for your day 1 photo outside the hostel. Reading your narrative brings it all back :)

    2745 bottles of beer on the wall
  • 12-23-2012
    syl3
    awesome story, thanks for sharing, very inspirational
  • 12-23-2012
    FNFAL
    Thank you for all the positive words. Chapter 9 is up.
  • 12-24-2012
    Wishful Tomcat
    Great reading!
  • 12-24-2012
    dru
    FNFAL, that lunancy is something I've had on the back back burner for a few years now. I'm way too out of shape, but it sure is nice reading about it. Well done.

    +1 rep for you!
  • 12-24-2012
    FNFAL
    I'll probably go back and add more of substance to the first day. Like I said, it's all very rough, but I'm cleaning it up as I go. I'm glad you guys are enjoying it! Merry Christmas!

    After Christmas, I'll stick the rest of the chapters up.
  • 12-24-2012
    6thElement
    After dropping out injured last year in Wyoming I still have the itch to go back try again and make it to Antelope Wells.
  • 12-24-2012
    aircooled
    I love reading this kind of stuff. Thanks for sharing
  • 12-26-2012
    FNFAL
    I have reformatted my postings. They are now available in links at the top of the page. I also have added chapter 12. I will add a few more tonight after work.
  • 12-26-2012
    the-one1
    Quote:

    I met some campers while on my way out of the steep valley and decided to stop, chit chat, and get something to eat. Apparently one of them was from San Antonio. Just two guys in their late 20s who’ve been best friends for years that, every few months, need to get away from their lives and wives and go out to the country. Sounds good to me!
    Sounds like a plot to a movie :D
  • 12-26-2012
    Sun Burn
    Great writing man. I'm all caught up through chapter 12 and can't wait for more!
  • 12-26-2012
    FNFAL
    Well Sunburn, chapter 13 is up!
  • 12-26-2012
    icedog
    Awesome story...my hat's off to you.
  • 12-26-2012
    FNFAL
    Well, all 19 chapters are now posted. I hope everyone enjoys them. I also hope that they may help a few of you if you consider this race.
  • 12-27-2012
    linkpurvis
    So awesome and inspiring! Thanks for sharing!
  • 12-27-2012
    pointerDixie214
    Cool! Just finished Chapter 1...
  • 12-27-2012
    Sun Burn
    Finished. Amazing story, amazing accomplishment and amazing riding!
  • 12-27-2012
    KRob
    It's been slow at the office this morning...... and this has kept me very entertained.

    Fantastic, concise wordage has kept me riveted. Thank you.

    I laughed out loud several times..... including when I read this:

    "Dangerous? Very. But you reach a point where crashing at 20 mph or 40mph or 60 mph doesn’t mean much. It’s falling off the side of a mountain pass or getting hit by a car that is really dangerous. So I kept going, reaching speeds that would have very much worried my mother.



    But thankfully I was wearing a helmet, so I was completely safe."


    I think I'm to chapter 9 or 10 and I find myself hoping the afternoon is slow as well.
  • 12-27-2012
    jetboy23
    Wow...
  • 12-27-2012
    6thElement
    Just finished reading, Nick, I'm jealous you ticked off a few more miles than me :D

    Congrats on the finish.
  • 12-27-2012
    Mr Cup
    Great read. How many days were you on the route total? Seems like you made pretty good time.
  • 12-27-2012
    bmf032
    Great riding and an excellent read! Thanks for taking us along on your incredible journey.
  • 12-27-2012
    Jeff in Bend
    Great story, I read it all at once. It would be cool if you posted the statistics of your journey; mileage, elevation gains and loss, how much money did it cost, etc.
  • 12-27-2012
    FNFAL
    There's still time...
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by 6thElement View Post
    Just finished reading, Nick, I'm jealous you ticked off a few more miles than me :D

    Congrats on the finish.

    Not too many more. I read your account. That's terrible about your Achilles. Hope you healed up and are still riding hard!

    I finished in thirty days. Not terrible, not great, but I finished.

    I have an entire book full of data. Elevation changes, milage, everything. I can try to work that into a post or page devoted to it. I'll just have to figure out how to format it.
  • 12-28-2012
    SuPrBuGmAn
    This was the best ride report I've read in ages, thanks alot dude! Truly an inspiration.
  • 12-28-2012
    GlazedHam
    Nice write up ...really inspirational.
  • 12-29-2012
    the-one1
    FNFAL: I thought outside visitation was prohibited? Did they say anything about that to you after the "race"?

    TD Rule #2 FAQs | Tour Divide
  • 12-29-2012
    FNFAL
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by the-one1 View Post
    FNFAL: I thought outside visitation was prohibited? Did they say anything about that to you after the "race"?

    TD Rule #2 FAQs | Tour Divide

    Well, there's really no one around to tell you anything about the race. If you watched Ride the Divide, you will have noticed that one of the racers had her family meet her in CO.

    I think the rules are more like guidelines for this thing. As long as you don't start cutting the trail by miles and miles, no one really cares. Especially if you're not in the leading pack.

    There are those out there who believe that using motels/hotels should be illegal. Well using hotels or motels slows you down (for most people, unless you've got a plan like the NZ kid this past year) so I don't see the problem.
  • 12-29-2012
    EMFC
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by the-one1 View Post
    FNFAL: I thought outside visitation was prohibited? Did they say anything about that to you after the "race"?

    TD Rule #2 FAQs | Tour Divide

    Way to rain on this guys parade. He needed little mid ride "pick me up" if you know what I mean. :thumbsup:
  • 12-29-2012
    the-one1
    I saw someone did the same in the Ride the Divide video too, that's why I was wondering if that rule was a rule or a guideline.
  • 12-29-2012
    kikoraa
    This has been an awesome read so far. About at the halfway point. This has been a dream of mine since i got into mountain biking. Props to you sir! I'm terrified of bears!
  • 12-30-2012
    SlowerThenSnot
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by FNFAL View Post
    Howdy guys,

    I managed to start a Wordpress for my tour divide writing. I'll be uploading all the chapters by the end of this weekend. Right now, I'm up to chapter 4. I believe I've caught all the spelling, grammar, and things that don't make sense. Hopefully.

    If you are thinking about this race, give it a read.

    I'm a total cycling noob, as far as TD is concerned. This is an account written by a total noob.

    Nick's Misadventure Page

    a fun read! thanks for sharing!
  • 12-30-2012
    FNFAL
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by SlowerThenSnot View Post
    a fun read! thanks for sharing!

    Thanks man. Congrats on your finish! You were Northbound last year, right? I think that's the good way to go. Much better ending point. :thumbsup:
  • 12-30-2012
    SlowerThenSnot
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by FNFAL View Post
    Thanks man. Congrats on your finish! You were Northbound last year, right? I think that's the good way to go. Much better ending point. :thumbsup:

    yup NB, i think stuff is a bit less steep if you go SB, but yes ending in banff is pretty awesome
    :D
  • 12-30-2012
    dru
    Nick, thank you for a fantastic story! You have some talent with the pen. Enjoyed every paragraph.

    Drew
  • 12-30-2012
    DirtDummy
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by the-one1 View Post
    FNFAL: I thought outside visitation was prohibited? Did they say anything about that to you after the "race"?

    TD Rule #2 FAQs | Tour Divide

    Dude: C U Next Tuesday comment.

    FNFAL (Nick): Nice work, Enjoyed reading your epic. Cheers and well done!
  • 12-30-2012
    can't get right
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by the-one1 View Post
    FNFAL: I thought outside visitation was prohibited? Did they say anything about that to you after the "race"?

    TD Rule #2 FAQs | Tour Divide

    That is true unless you can call it a "conjugal visit". They even allow those in prison.

    Well done, great write up.
  • 12-30-2012
    eatsleepbikes
    Really enjoyed reading your write up going on a multi day ride is a whole different thing
    and you learn so much about so many things. Really can relate about running out of
    food and water. its a whole new thing when its an hour or two away and your needing
    it now. Any plans to do it again, great job on finishing and on the recap.
  • 12-30-2012
    FNFAL
    Thank you for the kind words. I would like to do it again some day, but I'm not sure when would be a good time.

    I went through and cleaned up a few typos and some formatting issues. Again, if I didn't catch it all, I apologize.
  • 12-30-2012
    shockfinder
    Strangely enough I finished reading my third book in as many weeks about the Tour Divide and was trying to decide if I was going to get another. Your writing is great and let me continue reading without leaving the house tonight. Thanks!
  • 12-31-2012
    kikoraa
    How much money did you take with you to survive? That's my only concern. Do you have pics of your bike setup and gear? Did I mention before how scared I am of bears??
  • 12-31-2012
    mikeridesabike
    Wow - great write up. My buddy Richard Ridlehuber started that race with you, but had to pull out after a week due to a leg injury. Congratulations on a great ride.
  • 12-31-2012
    aircooled
    I really enjoyed the read. When did you get the front derailleur repaired? Where did you pick up a new rear rim or did you finish with front brakes only? I may have missed it. Thanks for sharing
  • 12-31-2012
    FNFAL
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by aircooled View Post
    I really enjoyed the read. When did you get the front derailleur repaired? Where did you pick up a new rear rim or did you finish with front brakes only? I may have missed it. Thanks for sharing

    Aircooled,

    I got the derailleur fixed in Breckenridge. I had to ride without a rear brake from Rawlins to Steamboat. The last day I removed my rear caliper because they had stuck too hard.
  • 01-03-2013
    JPS2345
    Absolutely amazing write up, Ive been glued to it. I was also wondering what had happened with the rear brakes, but figured you just hadnt mentioned it.

    Couple questions though, what tires did you start with(i know one was replaced)

    Also how long did you have to spend covered in the deer blood? Especially being that far out in the middle of nowhere with predators.

    Sent from my DROID RAZR using Tapatalk 2
  • 01-04-2013
    bedwards1000
    Awesome! Great writing. I can't wait to read the rest, I watched Ride the Divide a while ago if but your account seems like it's going to be more fun.
  • 01-04-2013
    petey15
    Thoroughly enjoyed it - thanks so much for posting!
  • 01-04-2013
    FNFAL
    Thanks everyone!

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by JPS2345 View Post
    Absolutely amazing write up, Ive been glued to it. I was also wondering what had happened with the rear brakes, but figured you just hadnt mentioned it.

    Couple questions though, what tires did you start with(i know one was replaced)

    Also how long did you have to spend covered in the deer blood? Especially being that far out in the middle of nowhere with predators.

    Sent from my DROID RAZR using Tapatalk 2

    I should probably clean up that section, this question seems to come up often.

    My rear brakes from Rawlins to Steamboat were not working because I didn't have a wheel that could use a rotor.

    Then on my last day, the caliper closed down tight and wouldn't let go, so I simply unscrewed it and rode with a single brake.

    I wasn't "covered" in blood, just had it on my hands and a few red misty-splashes on my jersey. I wasn't worried about attracting predators, the place I was riding through was too frequented by weekenders to warrant that.

    I started with Maxxis Crossmark 2.1 26" tires. Ended with a rear Ritchey, no idea what kind. But it was an OLD tire. Probably from early 2000s.
  • 01-06-2013
    Da Dook
    Great read, very inspirational. You mentioned not having done endurance racing, but had you done long 75-100 mile rides or multiday rides in the past? Did you train for this? Just trying to figure out if the average man would have any shot whatsoever at this. Awesome read.
  • 01-07-2013
    FNFAL
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Da Dook View Post
    Great read, very inspirational. You mentioned not having done endurance racing, but had you done long 75-100 mile rides or multiday rides in the past? Did you train for this? Just trying to figure out if the average man would have any shot whatsoever at this. Awesome read.

    I had never done any bikepacking before this. My longest single ride with gear was 60 miles. I only ever did a 100 mile ride on my road bike once, and it was on accident because I missed my turn.
  • 01-07-2013
    joeduda
    Awesome read. What an adventure! Congrats
  • 01-08-2013
    Stupendous Man
    What an awesome adventure. The stuff people like me only dream of doing.
  • 01-08-2013
    antgreen
    Nick, many thanks for taking the time to post that blog, what a brilliant read - well done!!

    Could I ask how much weight you lost during your tour?
  • 01-08-2013
    Toff
    It was a good read, thanks for sharing your experience.
  • 01-08-2013
    tartosuc
    I just read the whole thing, super cool.

    I admire you for doing it.



    Just out of curiosity, dd you calculate how much total it has cost you in food/motels etc?

    Thanks for sharing
  • 01-08-2013
    Sun Burn
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by antgreen View Post
    Nick, many thanks for taking the time to post that blog, what a brilliant read - well done!!

    Could I ask how much weight you lost during your tour?

    Judging by the way he wrote about food I'd say he may have gained a few! Made me hungry just reading!
  • 01-08-2013
    ronski
    Well done Nick. Great riding and great story. Thanks for sharing.
  • 01-08-2013
    Blueliner
    Great read.

    What scares me is the bears and mountain lions, I would not do such a ride unless there was 3 or 4 riders sticking together, or I was 'packing'.

    Blueliner
  • 01-08-2013
    007
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by tartosuc View Post
    I just read the whole thing, super cool.

    I admire you for doing it.



    Just out of curiosity, dd you calculate how much total it has cost you in food/motels etc?

    Thanks for sharing

    I think I recall somewhere that it was along the line of about $4K for the average TD rider. Not including bike repairs. No idea where I read that or if I just fabricated the memory or not.
  • 01-08-2013
    SlowerThenSnot
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by OO7 View Post
    I think I recall somewhere that it was along the line of about $4K for the average TD rider. Not including bike repairs. No idea where I read that or if I just fabricated the memory or not.

    my budget was a $1 per mile, i spent 33 days on course and camped 22 days
  • 01-09-2013
    FNFAL
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Blueliner View Post
    Great read.

    What scares me is the bears and mountain lions, I would not do such a ride unless there was 3 or 4 riders sticking together, or I was 'packing'.

    Blueliner

    Having shot competitively through college, I understand the "packing" sentiment. However, if I couldn't carry a 12 gauge with hardcast slugs, then it wasn't worth carrying anything. I did think about it, but my whistle scared off every single animal I came into contact with. Except for the eye-shine that I can only assume was a mountain lion.

    I posted a small FAQ to answer a few common questions. Let me know if I missed anything.
  • 01-09-2013
    007
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by FNFAL View Post
    Having shot competitively through college, I understand the "packing" sentiment. However, if I couldn't carry a 12 gauge with hardcast slugs, then it wasn't worth carrying anything. I did think about it, but my whistle scared off every single animal I came into contact with. Except for the eye-shine that I can only assume was a mountain lion.

    I posted a small FAQ to answer a few common questions. Let me know if I missed anything.

    Now I wanna know what kind of aminals ya sawr?!
  • 01-09-2013
    Mr Cup
    Those numbers seem like a lot of $$. I'm curious how budget someone could go for the entire route. Just food, batteries, etc. not taking transportation tomandnfrommthe route, what would the large amount go towards?
  • 01-09-2013
    FNFAL
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by OO7 View Post
    Now I wanna know what kind of aminals ya sawr?!

    Let me see...

    I saw Elk and Moose in CA. I saw all of my bear in Montana. From Montana to northern Colorado the entire route is filled with Antelopes. Mule deer were seen for most of the trip, but mostly from southern Wyoming and down into New Mexico.

    There was that one small mule deer I put down in Salida.

    The entire route is filled with Pica and other rodents.

    I only saw eye-shine of what I believe was a mountain lion. It stalked me like a mountain lion would.

    I didn't see coyotes up close though. No wolves that I saw.

    Plenty of vultures on the route...

    Quote:

    I'm curious how budget someone could go for the entire route
    You can do it pretty cheaply. I probably spent more than most (somewhere between 3k and 4k, but I had free airfare) but if you camp every night you can really cut cost down.
  • 01-11-2013
    tooclosetosee
    Thoroughly enjoyed reading it. It also made me hungry. I wish there were more pictures of the food!

    It seems that you have a genetic advantage of being able to eat ridiculous amounts and hop right on a bike. I think I might be most impressed with that.
  • 01-13-2013
    6thElement
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Mr Cup View Post
    Those numbers seem like a lot of $$. I'm curious how budget someone could go for the entire route. Just food, batteries, etc. not taking transportation tomandnfrommthe route, what would the large amount go towards?

    If you want to race it you have to essentially buy or spend whatever you want while on course and then deal with it when you get back.

    When you stop to eat you're normally eating at least 2 or 3 things off the menu. Motel fees when you can't face camping or want a shower etc.
  • 01-13-2013
    WarBoom
    Wow! Great read man I started reading it on my iPhone and had to switch to the desktop when the batt died. What an awesome experiance and quite a few times you made me hungry!
  • 01-22-2013
    FNFAL
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by tooclosetosee View Post
    Thoroughly enjoyed reading it. It also made me hungry. I wish there were more pictures of the food!

    It seems that you have a genetic advantage of being able to eat ridiculous amounts and hop right on a bike. I think I might be most impressed with that.

    It really is a gift... I ate pancakes while running the Austin marathon two years ago!
  • 01-23-2013
    Lopaka
    I too really enjoyed reading about your experience. Congratulations. Any thoughts about competing personally vanished as I read the link concerning interpretations of the rules. What a convoluted mess. An interpretation built upon a rickety ladder, placed on a unstable stool sitting in quicksand. I predict someone dies of dehydration and the whole race comes tumbling down in sea of lawsuits. Trail magic,? serendipitous? The rules seem like they were written by lawyers borrowed from Alice in Wonderland.
  • 01-23-2013
    FNFAL
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Lopaka View Post
    I too really enjoyed reading about your experience. Congratulations. Any thoughts about competing personally vanished as I read the link concerning interpretations of the rules. What a convoluted mess. An interpretation built upon a rickety ladder, placed on a unstable stool sitting in quicksand. I predict someone dies of dehydration and the whole race comes tumbling down in sea of lawsuits. Trail magic,? serendipitous? The rules seem like they were written by lawyers borrowed from Alice in Wonderland.

    It's a race. And you should be glad that it is loosely defined. If it were to become "official" the amount of paperwork and red tape would bring it to a grinding halt.

    Also, one person has died during the race. A few years back, a racer hit a log truck while barreling down a section of logging road.
  • 01-23-2013
    owtdorz
    @Lopaka
    You may be alone but you are not. Everyone carries SPOT.
    This event is not for the faint of heart.
    It is an event that plays with the mind more than being physical.(from the racers I have spoken to)
    I will be competeing in this event in the future.
    It is definately a "Soul Searching" event.
  • 01-23-2013
    JPS2345
    I made waffles the other morning and thanks to your pancake chapter, 1 of them became a post ride snack(was supposed to be mid ride but got rained out)

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