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Tour Divide Days 21-24 : Pie Town, Mud, and The Finish!

by Andy Amick

This is my final report on the 2014 Tour Divide race.  For those of you that have been following along, thanks for slogging through the long posts.  I plan on writing more about what worked, what I would change, and how I planned my days during the ride in future posts.  Hopefully, my write-ups have […]

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Tour Divide Days 19-21 : Frustration, Fires, and Hail

by Andy Amick

After spending the night in our dirty hotel, Brian, Ken, and I left Del Norte early on Day 19.  The next real town was 190 miles away in New Mexico.  With only very limited supplies in those next 190 miles, I made sure I got coffee that morning.  I was not leaving until lots of coffee […]

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Tour Divide Days 16-18 : Finishing Colorado

by Andy Amick

When I arrived in Breckenridge, I was having a hard time riding and walking because my left ankle (achilles and lower shin) was so sore.  It hurt to move.  That night, I iced it several times hoping it would feel better in the morning. The next day, it felt a little better, but not by […]

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Tour Divide Days 14-15 : Colorado, Coffee, and Mountain Lions

by Andy Amick

I went to bed at the end of Day 13 knowing that I was only a few miles from the Colorado border and my home state.    But first, I was going to ride through the famed Aspen Alley as the sun was rising over the mountains.  The construction work had removed some of the […]

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Tour Divide Days 10-13 : Wonderful Wyoming

by Andy Amick

Waking up to a calm sunrise makes for a great start to the day.  The colors and the calm of the morning more than make up for the cold temperatures.  Plus, I knew that this day would take me out of Idaho and into Wyoming, wonderful Wyoming.  It gets a bad rap from some riders. […]

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Tour Divide Days 8-9 : Alone For The First Time

by Andy Amick

After not sleeping much the previous 2 nights, morning in Wise River found me tired with a craving for coffee and breakfast.  Unfortunately, the cafe in Wise River didn’t open for another hour and I wasn’t willing to wait that long.  So I left Wise River after eating a candy bar and cinnamon roll I […]

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Tour Divide : Days 6-7 : Will I Ever Sleep Again?

by Andy Amick

For the first 5 days of the Tour Divide, I alternated between one good night of sleep and one bad night of sleep.  That was all about to change…for the worse. Even though it was quite chilly when I woke up in Lincoln for the start of day 6, at least it wasn’t raining.  Lincoln […]

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Tour Divide Recap : Days 3-5 : Montana Stole My Sleep

by Andy Amick

This post was supposed to cover days 3-7.  Once I started writing, I couldn’t stop.  So, this is a really really long post about 3 days in the Montana rain and snow.   Sleep.  Oh comfortable sleep, how I missed you during this section.  Days 3 through 5 would take me from the US border […]

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Tour Divide 2014 Recap : Days 1-2 : Into the Cold Canadian Rockies

by Andy Amick

One of my reasons for riding the Tour Divide was to see places, magnificent places, that I had never seen before.  The Canadian section was at the top of my list, but instead I got mostly clouds, rain, mud, and snow.  That’s the short version of the story that has so many more details. Banff […]

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Initial Reflections on the Tour Divide

by Andy Amick

The monster that is the Tour Divide is still too big for me to put into words. A month after finishing, I’m trying to process the ride in my own head. All of it reminds me of a story my wife tells about her grandma. One morning when grandma was making breakfast, she asked the […]

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