Pink dot gains a few hours after her meds kick in, but yellow dot kicks back and races to the border. Thanks again to GW Neal for his digital artistry. GW is a friend through the bike community in Anchorage, and the sole employee at Fatbikes.com, which is responsible for 9zero7 fatbike sales over the internet. GW recently underwent a kidney transplant. This week, he is cranking out a solo bike tour in Maine to coincide with a friend’s wedding. GW is a huge inspiration to both Lael and I, and to the Anchorage bike community.
Lael called in from Wamsutter, reporting light rain. She rode quickly from Pinedale to Atlantic City. She recorded one of the fastest times of any rider on that section earlier in the summer as she had wasted two hours at the outdoor store in Pinefale updating her GPX track to include the Wamsutter reroute. Following a quick stop in Atlantic City yesterday she continued to fight headwinds from the south through the late afternoon and evening, camping early, well before midnight. She rose early to take advantage of the still, morning air.
Compared to the times of this year’s Tour Divide race, Lael is pacing between the fastest male finishers and the pink dot version of herself, the energetic wheezing version. She lost almost a half day in the mud before Lima, which is a quantifiable setback but also greatly reduced her excitement as she had been pressing close to record pace until then. Another few days of lingering rain hasn’t helped morale, although roads have been passable. This morning, she sounded good and was looking forward to sunny skies in CO and NM. She was looking forward to finishing.
I haven’t told her yet, but cheap flights to Tucson might enable me to meet her at the border next weekend. It would be a little out of character, but I would rent a car to meet her, spend a day or two in Silver City with friends, then we’d both fly back to AK before leaving a little later in the season. I am obligated to work for a few more weeks. I have never owner a car or rented a car, although I did drive for a few years in high school. Lael only has a driver’s license so that she could legally operate a pedicab in Key West, FL back in 2008. Don’t ever let her drive your car– not that she will want to– she’s a terrible driver.
Hoping for clear skies and dry roads through CO and NM.
Follow the yellow LW bubble on the Tour Divide 2015 Trackleaders page.