Tour Divide 2014

A Dream Worth Living

by Andy Amick

The book is now available in Kindle format at Amazon.com. It’s only $0.99 for the first two weeks. Stay tuned for updates about the paperback release in late April. In the meantime, if you’re so inclined to buy and read the book, thank you. Thank you very much. After writing over 80,000 words for the book, […]

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A Glimpse Into Surviving the Editing of My First Book

by Andy Amick

If the key to writing a book is continued focus, the key for editing is not letting the process hurt too much. This is especially true when your wife is your editor. Watching hard earned words being crossed off, moved around, and replaced hits a writer hard. So how did I survive the editing process? It […]

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Visualizing the Tour Divide

by Andy Amick

In my quest to learn Apache Spark to support my day job as a software developer, I decided to analyze my 2014 Tour Divide GPS data. Working with an interesting data set always helps the learning process. Plus, I had the possibility of finding some interesting statistics and measurements about the ride itself. Daily Distance I […]

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To The 2015 Tour Divide Riders (Especially Rookies)

by Andy Amick

The 2015 Tour Divide is only a week away! I’m sure the racers are going through that phase of being extremely excited, extremely nervous, and starting to second guess some of their preparation and gear selection. For such a huge undertaking, it’s a completely normal response. Those times when you are nervous and excited are […]

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Tour Divide Town And Re-supply Reference Notes

by Andy Amick

Being a planner and data geek, I developed my own notes for my 2014 Tour Divide ride. These notes were stored on my phone for easy reference throughout the ride. This allowed me to easily see what was coming up in the next town and how far away re-supply stops would be. If you’re a […]

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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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