Nick Legan
Great Divide
Reborn by calories Day 2 cont’d:

Once through the border, Eureka is only 10 miles away and there I would find food and likely, other Tour Divide racers. And as I rolled south, I pondered a hotel room. My knees were in a bad way and I needed to stretch and ice them, not something too easy to do stealth camping in a field.

In Eureka I found my companions from earlier in the day, (Mike Johnson and Jason Gaikowski along with AZT winner Max Morris) looking revived after copious amounts of bar food. Shoes were off, phones were plugged in and empty plates covered the 4-top table. I quickly ordered myself several main courses and an order of chicken strips to go. The waitress also graciously brought me a bag of ice for my knees.

After eating and feeling the regenerative powers of sugar, fat, protein and caffeine, I was quickly talked into carrying on. We all went to the convenience store across the street and stocked up for the coming miles. After finding a great camp spot, I stretched, iced, massaged and then crawled into my bivvy for a great night’s sleep. The next morning I rolled away cautiously, hoping my knee was better. And it was. Relief.

I rode along much of the day, over Whitefish Divide, back down, up to Red Meadow Lake and its short snowbound hike-a-bike, alone, happily listening to music and audiobooks. My knee was better though my Achilles had begun to fire up. I taped it using a method that Max Morris passed along and it quickly felt better.

In the town of Whitefish, I found a Mexican restaurant and ordered a burrito to eat, two Cokes and a burrito to go. I stopped by a grocery and stocked up on food and drinks and headed out for some relatively easy pavement and gravel miles. Eventually I found a spot to stop for the night along with a New Zealander, Nathan Mawkes, that I met along the way. I had ridden for 17.5 hours and covered 152 miles. It was a good day.

We woke early the next day and were rolling by 6 a.m. I was a bit low on food and after 40 warm miles, I rolled into the Holland Lake Lodge with several others feeling empty (this became a theme: shared mealtimes). Our orders were comically big, but our hosts were used to Tour Divide racers stopping by. Included in my order was a double order of apple pie to go.

Once again reborn by calories and cold drinks we set out for the climb up Richmond Peak. I struggled slowly up the hill and at the summit, stopped to eat the pie and drink a cold instant coffee. What a treat! And what views!

The descent was a fun, narrow “pine tree car wash” that scraped our arms but kept us alert with frequent water bars. At the bottom, I rolled along with Mike and Jason towards Seeley Lake. Finding ourselves at the turn towards town, we instead continued southeast to Ovando, chatting and sharing in the suffering.

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  • What was the genesis moment or inspiration for your upcoming adventure? Have you traveled by bike in the past? I grew up racing bicycles and after growing weary of criteriums, intervals, heart rate and power output numbers, I started looking for new cycling adventures. The Dirty Kanza 200 opened my eyes to my own ability to ride distances farther than I had previously attempted. With encouragement from friends at Salsa, QBP, and my wonderfully supportive girlfriend, I decided to take on the Great Divide Route. Now I’ll see how much further I can take my cycling.
  • What is your goal for the route? What do you hope to get out of this journey? It’s easy to reply with a number. My goal is to finish in 20 days. But more important to me is how I spend those days. I’d like to find moments for introspection, reflection, projection and hopefully find moments to just be.

MY MUST HAVES

  • Warm Gloves DeFeet Woolie gloves
  • DOWN JACKET Patagonia Ultralight down jacket with hood
  • Warm Gloves DeFeet Woolie gloves
  • SPOT TRACKER Spot tracker (great insurance policy)

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