Thursday, 19 June 2008

Eureka

...is just a small, one-strip town, where if you sit long enough at the cafe today you'll see loaded bikes rolling in from all directions. Said goodbye to Canada, a peaceful, epic place that i'll return to soon; hello to the US, with its vast Montana skies and super-large, super-friendly everything. Feeling much less daunted now that I'm here with other Great Dividers to share thoughts and worries with; amusingly we're all aiming for the golden 20 day time so if things go to plan for everybody it might as well end up being one very long stage race. Much talk of how the Tour Divide is panning out, and hopes that they were at least organised whn trudging through the snow pack and have trod us a nice neat path to follow.. No bears yet but I'm keeping tight hold on my bear spray, bell and singing voice; the 380 miles I've ridden to get here have been the remotest of my life and I confess to being very, very scared and lonely at times, and equally exhilerated by the size of this place. A little more nail biting to come this evening and then, tomorrow, a final coffee and we're off.

Yikes.

:o)

j.

8 comments:

Simon said...

Still boggling at a 380 mile warmup :)

Good luck!

Minx said...

Remember. You know how to do this.

:-)

Love, luck, hugs. I don't care what the time is, call when you're done. And we'll see you in Napa- with a harmonica serenade.

One more hug for luck- and we'll toast you across the start from our Mayhem field.

Jo said...

sitting here refreshing the metcheck page every three minutes and worrying about tyres seems a little lame now, unless of course a lack of traction when trying to escape a bear in the woods at 3am leads to an untimely mauling...






(puts pink amoeba earing in)

Adam said...

Have to agree with Simon, 380 miles as a warm up?!

All you can do now is relax and enjoy the ride. Very best of luck, hope you get to see bears ('cause they are quite cool, really) but that they are on the other side of a valley. :^)

Looking forward to hearing all about it over wine in Napa...

Hugs,
Adam

MikeD said...

You rock. That is all :-)

Stewart Pratt said...

What an enormous adventure to embark on. Best of British to you Jenn - you'll need a stiff upper lip at times I'm sure :)

jac said...

I hope you felt all the happy thoughts and good wishes from us all when you set off today!

This is your girls own adventure and it knocks the spots off mine!

Ride well!

G as in Chris said...

Go Jenn! Glad to have you a bit closer on this side of the world. See you in Napa!