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    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.

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    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.

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    Great writing! I read chapter 4 completely before realizing it was not chapter 1...lol. I think it should be published in Dirt Rag.

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    I'm hooked, bookmarked. You should do us all a favor and start a mailing list so we can be notified of new chapters : )

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    Subscribed, very cool writings

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    Thanks for sharing! The way you describe your experience is exactly the reasons I am drawn to outdoors activities.
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    Thanks guys. Chapter 6 just went up.

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    Is it me or are they all out of order, where is Chapter 1?

    I figured it out, so far great write up.
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    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

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    awesome story, thanks for sharing, very inspirational

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    Thank you for all the positive words. Chapter 9 is up.

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    Great reading!

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    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!
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    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.

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    After dropping out injured last year in Wyoming I still have the itch to go back try again and make it to Antelope Wells.
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    I love reading this kind of stuff. Thanks for sharing

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    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.

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    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 whoíve 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

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    Great writing man. I'm all caught up through chapter 12 and can't wait for more!

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    Well Sunburn, chapter 13 is up!

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    Awesome story...my hat's off to you.

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    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.

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    So awesome and inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

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    Cool! Just finished Chapter 1...

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    Finished. Amazing story, amazing accomplishment and amazing riding!

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    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 doesnít mean much. Itís 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.
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    Wow...

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    Just finished reading, Nick, I'm jealous you ticked off a few more miles than me

    Congrats on the finish.
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    Great read. How many days were you on the route total? Seems like you made pretty good time.

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    Great riding and an excellent read! Thanks for taking us along on your incredible journey.

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    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.

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    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

    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.

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    This was the best ride report I've read in ages, thanks alot dude! Truly an inspiration.

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    Nice write up ...really inspirational.

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    FNFAL: I thought outside visitation was prohibited? Did they say anything about that to you after the "race"?

    TD Rule #2 FAQs | Tour Divide

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    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.

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    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.
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    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.

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    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!

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    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!
    Read my BLOG!

    just a guy who loves bikes and exploring

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    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.

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    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.
    yup NB, i think stuff is a bit less steep if you go SB, but yes ending in banff is pretty awesome
    Read my BLOG!

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    Nick, thank you for a fantastic story! You have some talent with the pen. Enjoyed every paragraph.

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    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!
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    A little bit of pee just trickled out of my pipi when I saw that.

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    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"?

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

    Well done, great write up.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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!

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    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??
    There's something about those long grueling climbs that gets my front end all stiff... And I'm not talking about lockout...

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    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.
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