I know. It’s been a long time.
That doesn’t mean I have forgotten. Far from it. The Divide, and this year’s return, is never far from my mind.
That doesn’t mean I haven’t been training; I have. It was a mild winter, and I have successfully met my goal of riding 1,000 miles per month.
It certainly doesn’t mean I have stopped obsessing over gear. Trust me; the obsession continues.
But I will save all that for future posts.
To ease back into this, watch this great video from ACA. The music is from Tom Alpin and the lyrics are very touching to me.
Pack my coat, pack my bag, pack my shoes.
Don’t know what I’ll find yet, but I know what I could lose.
I leave behind you sleeping in my arms;
leave safety in numbers, my safety from harm.
Think of me when you rise every day;
Remember why I’m doing this and keep these words I say.
I heard a man is not a man without a tale,
and for me to find my story I must be willing to fail.
There were times when you echoed through my brain;
I heard your voice in the wind, and your laughter in the rain.
I’m not ashamed to say I cried out to the sky;
When my skin it was bloodied on the road ever dry.
I may bend, I may break, and I may fall;
But my love for you, dear, it stands proud, and it stands tall.
These bones may be broken, my body laid to waste,
But I’ll still find my way to you, my love, out of chaste.
I don’t feel cold, don’t feel hungry, don’t be ashamed;
and I don’t know the tears, the minutes, the hours, the days.
My mind, it is broken, the tears run down my face …