I had a great conversation with Tour Divide Finisher Joe Meiser the other night. We discussed bikes/packing/terrain etc. I now have a new approach to how I will try packing my gear. I ride a size small bike, so I’m limited in how much gear will fit in the frame bag. This means that I’ll more than likely have to carry a backpack. If you talk to anyone about the TD, you’ll hear over and over “if you want to go fast, don’t carry a backpack”. That works out well if your frame bag is large enough to carry your stuff. I’m not that lucky. Stupid short legs. Joe gave me a couple of suggestions to try out though. So on my next shakedown I’m going to do some more experimenting. I hope it works out well. I also confirmed the order of a new piece of gear. I think it will be here in a couple weeks. It’s designed in such a way that I can attach two large hoops to either side of it. More on that later.
At lunch I look over the maps, trying to plan out the days, where to re-supply, what the elevations are etc. Every once in a while this guy comes by to give me some shit. He’s known around here as “The Finger”. Think I’m joking? Look at his jacket. You wish you were this badass.