And They’re Off!

by Andy Amick on June 14, 2014

in Bikepacking, Dreams, Personal, Tour Divide 2014

Tour Divide 2014 guest post by Kristi.

UPDATE: Sorry, Instagram did not like how I did the numbers on my original post. Fixed the issue, pictures should publish now.

Hello all you Pale Spruce readers. This is Andy’s wife, Kristi, taking over his blog while he is riding the Tour Divide 2014. I’ll be blogging at least once a week (but probably more) keeping you all apprised of Andy’s 2745 mile journey. I’ll get all his updates into one place for you: progress, pictures, call ins, videos. Plus the occasional movie/TV/book quote or reference. Sorry on that last one, I just can’t help myself. So, without further ado…

Shall we begin?

Day 0 – Pre-Tour Fun

Andy arrived in Banff late Wednesday evening. Thursday was spent putting his bike together and exploring the beauty of Banff. Here are his pictures from Thursday, 12 June 2014.

1. “Wow, what a view from the hotel in Banff. #banff”

2. “@nhandy going through the “Jurassic Park” gates to keep wildlife off of the highway”

3. Had my first Tim Hortons experience and of course had to pair the coffee with a maple doughnut”

4. A few more from exploring around Banff today. Amazing amazing views!

Tour Divide 2014: Day 1 – Banff to Elkford

Andy didn’t make it as far as he wanted to on Day 1. The rain and snow made for a cold, wet riding day. He wanted to make it to Sparwood, but there were no hotel rooms available. He opted to stay dry in Elkford, with a very early Day 2 start to make up some time. Day 1 saw 116 miles of riding.

Two updates from Day 1. The first is his call in to MTBCast. Just a short check in, letting you know how the day went. The second is his one and only picture, what a view!

1. MTBCast: TD14 – Andy Amick called in from Elkford
2. Tour Divide day 1 – started with rain that turned to snow. Did manage an hour of sunshine befor more cold rain #tourdivide

And now you’re up to speed through the end of Day 1. Hopefully the weather gets better for Day 2, and Andy hits his goal of making it to the Canada/US border.

Until next time. Allons-y!

About Andy Amick
A little bit nutty in general, a lotta bit nutty about bikes. Each of his boys received a bike helmet for their first birthday and the three of them have been biking together ever since.

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  • Brion Antinoro

    Well, we knew there would be rain and snow since Andy is participating. He always tells me that whatever event his signs up for, its guaranteed to have the worst weather in it’s history. His most recent check in at 12:30pm put him 90 miles from the border. Very doable for him if the weather cooperates.

    • David Chirnside

      Andy – are you racing again in 2016? Is this “worst weather ever” guarantee still there, or have you broken the curse?

      • No, I’m not racing it this year so it should be smooth sailing! Are you signed up for this year?

        • David Chirnside

          Yep – 10th June and can’t wait to be racing. I’m aiming for 24 days. Your blog is really useful to help get a feel of the route and what to expect.

          • Awesome, it’s a great adventure! Let me know if you have questions about anything. Happy to help if I can.

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