first I want to say happy father’s day to all fathers. Even though my race is over my son Sent me the below post.
How could I even be disappointed with my decision when what I have done has meant so much. No matter what ride I have done or how far I have ridden or fallen short of a goal this is what matters most to me
After riding single speed the one night for 13 miles and the next day riding in 37 mph headwinds my Achilles was not going to let me go further. I was having shooting pains into my left calf muscle and the right Achilles was starting to ache. I am going to start making my way back to St. Louis via Tracy coming up to get me. I did make it to Walden Colorado and rode over 1700 miles. In the next day or so I will right up a synopsis of my adventure. I have ridden across 4 states and have been a part of the landscape for weeks. Below are a few pics from the last few miles and one of my swollen Achilles.
after fixing the gear cable which was all jammed down in the lever I got moving. There was a 37 mph headwind almost all day. Big clouds overhead kept the temps down though. I crossed the Colorado border which was out in the middle of nowhere
heading to Saratoga Wyoming I had a gear cable break. Lucky for me I have an extra and can change it in the morning. My front brake disc is loose also and will take a bit more to get it going. I should make it to Colorado. Riding in on on gear was hard on the achilles. Time for more ice and new KT tape
i just rode across what I think was the most difficult foreboding section in my life. And I’ve crossed Kansas twice. It was right at 100 degrees with headwinds and crosswinds around 40 mph. And no services for some 50 miles. And sprinkle in a few long climbs.
I was so dehydrated that I could barely swallow and I can scrape salt off my skin. I could barely steer my bike and walked it for a mile or two. The winds were so strong that I had to brace myself against it to keep from falling over.
Right now now I am checking route maps and wind forecasts to see if I should go on tonight for a bit longer
it was a very cold morning again but now I have a warm tailwind. Which I really need to ease up on the Achilles.
I almost reached the 10,000 foot mark. See signs below. The first sign was the climb to get to the summit
i saw moose bison and I just pulled up a few minutes before old faithful blew. I am still heading east. Got to see the Tetons also
i don’t talk much about it on here because I am sure every rider has different obstacles they are overcoming on a daily basis. Every day brings something new to work through. Most of the time you are hopping for the best.
For me. I have been struggling through a strained Achilles since around 250 miles. When an injury occurs you have to actively keep yourself balanced to not start favoring something else and do even more wear. I’ve managed to keep saddle sores at bay they can become a ride ending Robles if they get bad.
The winter weather has has really slowed progress your joints just never really warm up and not only is your body burning enormous amounts of calories to ride but also high calories to stay warm.
Kind of of a long post and not meant to be a downer but there is a side to a ride like this nobody ever talks about.
The good and bad news is my gps had a bug and lost the rest of the maps across the US. I was able (I think) to reverse the westbound maps and can use them. It’s things like that that really mess with your time and your head.
I am am going to try and get an hour or two more sleep and start off when temps get a bit warmer
i am ready to get rolling at 2:00. AM. Needed to make much needed miles today. The temp is at 24 degrees until around 6:00 am. So I decided to wait. This winter storm has really messed with making any progress. I just don’t want to damage myself.