Well, they say you should be careful what you wish for because you just might get it. It looks like that may have happened for me.
I put in for leave from work for a sizeable chunk of time and now I have June and July off. What would you do with that much time I hear you ask? How about hop on a mountain bike and go for a ride? And keep riding....for three or four weeks!
Yep, it looks like I am IN for the Tour Divide 2015!
For those of you wondering what the Tour Divide Race is, there is plenty of information in the link above but a picture tells a thousand words....
For Australian readers that may not easily relate the distance, here is a local representation that is 316km SHORTER.
Yes, that is a loong way. Add the fact that the race route's average elevation is 5000-6000ft, with plenty of time above 10 000ft and you start to notice that this is a SERIOUS ride.
Not hard enough for you though? Lets just make it a bit challenging now. You have to do it by yourself. No support. None, nada, nil.
You ride, you service your bike, you find food/water/accomodation. You navigate the (off road) route. You deal with weather, wildlife and......whatever comes along. No help, no outside support.
Am I excited?
If excitement feels like a mammoth knot in your stomach, then I must be "excited". Yep, feel like throwing up, excited.
There could be a lesson here kids. Be careful what you wish for.......
Clearly, it almost goes without saying. Be prepared for some more Tour Divide stuff on here and here is a taste of what it is all about.