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TD14: Day 7 to Day 9 (Or, Here Comes the Sun)

by Andy Amick

Tour Divide 2014 guest post by Kristi. Day 7 through 9 update, and I feel that (my favorite) Beatle George Harrison sums it up best: Little darling, it’s been a long, cold lonely winter. Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here. Here comes the sun. Here comes the sun, and I say, […]

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TD14: Day 4 to Day 6

by Andy Amick

Tour Divide 2014 guest post by Kristi. Welcome, welcome to another Tour Divide update. I’m starting to feel like a broken record as I gather Andy’s pictures and notes on each day…it’s been cold, it’s been wet. Sometimes he is even walking his bike through snow. He’s had to buy new waterproof gloves and a […]

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TD14: Day 2 & Day 3

by Andy Amick

Tour Divide 2014 guest post by Kristi. Hello out there! Well, as I am posting this update it is Tuesday 17 June, or Day 5 of the Tour Divide. My hope was to have updates for you on Andy’s progress from Day 2 through Day 4. However, while I know his Day 4 distance from […]

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And They’re Off!

by Andy Amick

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 […]

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The Ideas Behind My Tour Divide Gear Choices

by Andy Amick

Rather than going through every piece of gear for my Tour Divide setup, I’m going to discuss some of the “bigger picture” approaches to outfitting a bike for such an adventure.  There will be a few gear specific mentions where appropriate. For you gear junkies, there is a detailed spreadsheet at the bottom of the […]

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Pushing Through “The Resistance” On Overnight Trips

by Andy Amick

It’s almost a given for me to experience “the resistance” about two hours into any type of overnight or multi-day trip.  Whether I’m with a group of friends, with my kids, or solo, my mind hits a roadblock with thoughts of home, my wife, and my family.  Once I push through this mental state, I […]

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5 Questions About The Tour Divide

by Andy Amick

When people find out that I’m riding the 2700 mile Tour Divide this year, a lot of questions usually follow.  Everything from being insane, training, logistics, and taking time off work.  Here’s the top 5 questions I have received. 1) Are you crazy? This is the most common question and the easiest to answer.  Of […]

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Make Your Own Cuben Fiber Vapor Barrier Socks

by Andy Amick

A Little Background I promise I’ll get to the making of the socks after a little introductory material.  After suffering through some miserable rides, I have discovered that as long as my feet and hands stay warm, the ride can be enjoyable.  A big part of staying warm is keeping the hands and feet dry. […]

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Path To Less – Find What Matters

by Andy Amick

Finding ways to live simply so that you can put more time and energy into wherever you find joy in life.  That’s what the monthly “Path To Less” posts are about. This month’s links cover everything from Emerson, campfires, vegans, singletrack, and being yourself.  Okay, that’t a lot of stuff that doesn’t normally go together.  However, […]

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J.Paks FramePak Review

by Andy Amick

J.Paks is a Denver based maker of bikepacking bags. Joe, the owner, sewer, designer, do everything guy, has made all my bags for the Tour Divide ride this summer. For the frame bag, we met over beer and pizza to discuss options and my goals for the bag.  Joe offered some suggestions to my initial […]

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