This is post #3 of a narrative riding a section of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route eight years after the original trip. This multi-part account is posted chronologically and Part One can be read here. Great Divide Redux 2023
For well over a week and a half this entry has been written, edited, and sitting just waiting for me to hit the ‘Publish’ button to release it into the wild. It was written while I was still in Colorado. As the words flowed, it took an unexpected trajectory… A narrative of my 2015 ride that only a few friends have heard. The retrospective journey that I found myself on was an enjoyable one as I relived those memories and finally put words to a part of my ride I kept off the blog. Satisfied the story was complete, I felt the Holy Spirit telling me, not now. After MUCH consideration, I decided to trash a couple of days of writing and start over. Hope you enjoy this rewrite.
This is post #2 of a narrative riding a section of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route eight years after the original trip. This multi-part account is posted chronologically and Part One can be read here. Great Divide Redux 2023
Saturday August 12th, 2023
Our plan to ride a portion of my beloved Great Divide Route was cemented a few weeks ago, and since then there has been building excitement and a bit of anxiety. Let me say it’s not the type of anxiety to say “What the hell am I doing?” Keep in mind I’m primarily a solo backpacker, and the only one that depends on me is me. Now being one-third of a team, where my presence and performance are paramount, is causing some angst. I don’t want to let anybody down if things fall apart.
This time last year my youngest child, Emily, moved to Colorado with her fiancée Josh. Was not happy that she was moving 1,200 miles away, and God bless my baby girl for attempting to put a positive spin on the move. She told me, “Now you can check out Colorado.” To which I replied, “Sweetie, I rode a bike through it, I’m good.”
Earlier this summer Emily and Josh made a trip back to Michigan and during that visit, we made plans that my summer vacation will be visiting them in Colorado. Then suggested that I drive out to bring my bike so that Josh and I can do some riding together. AND… Since it’s in the neighborhood, how about we do a day ride on a section of my beloved Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (GDMBR)?
As I sit here in Michigan, in the middle of winter, I’m doing a little reflecting. Other than the daily question, what the heck am I doing in this state/climate? I’m thinking about how it’s been a very long time since I posted an adventure story. This past summer I did set out on a ride that certainly would have been worthy of a few words in this blog, but that ride didn’t play out as planned, hence no story.
Now that several months have passed since that ride and finding myself in a peculiar mood to write… Figured I’ll tell the good, bad, and ugly of what happened and satisfy my yearning to pen some witty banter that will either, entertain some or continue to feed my delusion that someone besides my mom reads this stuff.
For those familiar with this blog and expecting adventure… Yes, I’m posting another fitness article and may need to change the name of the site if I keep it up. This is the third such article, that is if you don’t count the story of my own 12-week journey of extreme fat loss.
You see something interesting has been happening since the first fitness article was published. When people learn I rode a mountain bike 2,700 miles through the Rocky Mountains, they are genuinely interested to get this web address and read the daily postings of that ride. However, the next time I see them, forget the life-changing, epic journey… They want to talk about my fitness articles, so here we go with more truths about diet and exercise.
Happy New Year. It’s been a couple of years since I wrote the article ‘10 Truths I’ve Learned About Exercise and losing bodyfat’ where I attempted to centralize the advice New Year’s resolution-makers were seeking from me at the time.
At the end of that article I stated there are other truths I’ve learned but the ones listed were enough. Well, I’ve changed my mind. Taking my education and experience into the personal training world and fielding more questions, I’m back with more truths to hopefully help those struggling with or looking to start their body recomposition journey.
Without further ado here is my list of MORE truths I’ve Learned.
Four years ago in 2015, I set off on an epic adventure to ride a mountain bike, solo, from Canada to Mexico, following the US Continental Divide as closely possible. Completing that 2,700-mile journey forever changed my perception of what an ‘adventure’ is, also giving me a hunger for more.
June 1, 2019
Feels good to be ‘back on the trail’. However, it’s not without trepidation. With a rather daunting 4,930 miles to go I wondering what the heck am I doing out here?
Got an early start this morning due to the birds being very active early making it difficult to sleep. Even though I’m getting a good nights sleep, still need to get accustomed to sleeping in the sleeping bag again.
Realize I’m not painting the rosiest of pictures of being out here with my previous two entries. Friends have contacted me regarding the state I’m projecting. As one friend even put it, am I having buyers remorse? I can honestly say it’s great to be out here riding and seeing the countryside. What’s proving to be extremely difficult is what I left behind to be out here, loved ones, friends and the general overall comfort of being home.