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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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TD14: Day 23 & 24 (or, He Did It)

by Andy Amick

Tour Divide 2014 guest post by Kristi. He did it. He did it. Don’t get me wrong, we all knew he could do it. I knew once he started he would finish – that’s just who he is. But it’s one thing on the night before the race for me to tell Andy, “You got […]

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TD14: Day 21 & 22

by Andy Amick

Tour Divide 2014 guest post by Kristi. Andy has had a few slow days, he had to change his overall plans in concern of a forest fire. Saturday morning he had 340 miles left to go, I believe they are mostly flat miles on the road. His plan is to make a big push these […]

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