BOBBY AND THANE TACKLE THE TRANSAM Day 60 Dillon to Wisdom

Day Sixty Thane’s Blog: cycling in the peleton

Saturday June 29, 2013, 67 miles (108 km) – Total so far: 3,194 miles (5,140 km)

The morning ride was really kinda cool. The town of Dillon was hosting their annual charity bicycle ride for children’s cancer. There were 650 cyclists signed up and their route was the same as ours for the first 30 miles or so.

Many of the cyclist who we traveled with we curious about our gear and why the hell anyone would want to travel with that much weight up the kinds of mountain passes that today’s ride held in store.

It was fun to chat with other cyclists about our common love of this sport and it was exciting to know that this ride will gather around $400,000.00 for an awesome cause.

We traveled around 67 miles today and climbed two passes. Between the two of these we climbed for over 10 miles. The first food stop was 48 miles into this journey and by the time we hit there for breakfast I was so hungry I could eat dirt. Luckily for all of us the meal was awesome.

Today it occurred to me for the first time since I started pedaling nearly 60 days ago. I am now pedaling for home. What I mean is I am kinda counting the days until Boo and I fly back home to Michigan.

I’m not saying I am obsessing on getting to the end of this journey. Not in the least. I am just saying that in about 20 days I will be dipping Boo’s front tire into the Pacific Ocean. Today’s two mountain passes smelled just as sweet as the others before them. The suffering a cyclist needs to endure is now mellowed for me because I know the end of these miles on the Trans Am is near.

Today is one of those days where we have absolutely no cell coverage so contacting my wife is out of the question. We did chat at breakfast when I managed to find some coverage so I was stoked about that. I will not miss the lack of phone coverage which the last couple states have thrown at us.
One thing I have learned as a fact. My wife and I don’t need to be joined at the hip. We are joined at the heart.

Yes, the brutality of climbing for a month in the Application Mountains and the Ozark Mountains has turned me into a cycling horse. I fear no climbs. Truth be known, I now embrace them and the challenges they represent.

The winds of Kanas and Wyoming have taught me the mental prowess to deal with 30 mph crosswinds for hours on end. The traffic through Yellowstone has taught me bike handling skills that I hope to never have to use again.

All this would be nothing but shit if it were not an absolute fact. My wife and I are joined at the heart!

bobby in the pelaton

bobby in the pelaton

yep

yep

hi boo

hi boo

more of montana

more of montana

Day Sixty Bobby’s Blog

Saturday June 29, 2013, 67 miles (108 km) – Total so far: 3,194 miles (5,140 km)

Had a good rest at the KOA. Place was really crowded as the RAT POD ride was to take place today. It’s a 130 mile ride around the Pioneer Mts. for the Camp Make a Wish charity for kids with cancer.We got to ride the first 20 miles which consisted of a mountain pass with 650 cyclists from all over the country. It was pretty fun. When they split off we began the second mountain pass which was the longest. Seemed to go on forever.

We summited and had an easy downhill to breakfast 48 miles into the day. That’s a little longer than I like to go before I eat a good breakfast. I’ll tell ya it was worth the wait. Had a good feed and spun the rest of the 18 miles into Wisdom.