I wanted to race the Tour Divide from Canada to Mexico. My goal was to do it at a pace which would allow me to finish in about 21 days meaning I’d have to have an average daily mileage of about 130 miles. It became apparent to me early on that I’m not capable of sustaining that pace, so I switched gears and decided I’d drop it down a few notches and try to finish the ride at a “touring” pace. Touring might mean an average daily mileage of 50-75 miles a day.
I quickly realized if I tried to finish at a touring pace, it would mean I would be out on the road nearly twice as long! Perhaps 35 to 45 days. That’s not what I set out to do. So, I decided to abandon the my plans to Ride the Divide even at a touring pace.
It’s all about time and money. I committed time and money to race, but that did not work out. So, how do I want to spend my time and money now? Well, the only person who enjoys cold mountain mornings and cool evening breezes and turquoise lakes more than me is my wife, Claire.
So, Claire flew out today and we’re gonna roadtrip it back to Texas. We do not have much of a plan other than enjoying the magnificent scenery this part of the country has to offer. We will post updates along the way. I may ride some sections of the Divide on the way home … or I may not.
It was quite an adventure; I just am not capable to riding the Divide at a race pace. It’s tougher than I am!