Tour Divide legend Jay Petervary drove up from Victor, ID to deposit a rental SPOT Trace device along the roadside for Lael. Matthew Lee, Tour Divide organizer and Trackleaders affiliate, has a fleet of rental units and a few remained in Victor following the Fitz-Barn ride this week. Collectively, Matthew and Jay have ridden the Divide twelve times. Photos: JayP.
Lael arrived in Lima late in the morning on Thursday, after the roads dried enough so that her wheels would at least spin through the frame. The areas with sun were mostly dry, although shaded regions of the road were still caked in mud. She resupplied at the store and washed in the bathroom. Sunny skies and wide open gravel roads lay ahead of her as she exited the state of Montana for a second time this year. Crossing the Continental Divide at Red Rock Pass into Idaho, she descended to a store just before close and proceeded onto a section of rail-trail which is famously sandy and corrugated. Leaving the store, she rode one handed on the sandy trail and described how she almost quit yesterday.
The weather stopped her progress entirely. She faced a 24 hour gastric issue on the same day that forced her to stop every few minutes. It was not her best day, and did not reflect the reasons which brought her back out on the Divide for a second time in one summer. By the time she got to Idaho she had shifted her focus forward and was excited about the strawberries she had bought, her first fruit since Banff; the Cheetos she packed, reminding us of all the Nik-Naks sold in South Africa and Lesotho; and of the Monster Coffee energy drink she bought, which somehow signaled a commitment to continuing. Although, she quipped, “I don’t want to eat anything ever again”. These foods were just tokens.
This morning, Lael retrieved the plastic bag hanging from the sign of the Squirrel Creek Ranch containing a SPOT Trace tracking device and a few zip ties. She cycled the power button several times, as Matthew prescribed, and continued riding into Wyoming. The SPOT Trace is a newer device, mostly designed as an asset tracker for trucks, boats, and motorcycles, and is about half the size of the new Gen 3 trackers. It functions as a full time tracker, without any customizable features and without an SOS button.
Great thanks to Matthew and Jay for collaborating to get another SPOT to Lael! On his record-setting 2012 ITT of the Divide, Jay also lost his SPOT tracker and received a new unit in Lima, MT.
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