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Tour Divide Write Up

Post by Dave Barter » Sun Oct 13, 2019 5:05 pm

Now I didn't make the BB300 this weekend mainly because I am soft but also down to having to do database upgrades out of hours. So I had plenty of time in front of the screen to finish this collection of stories from my race.

It's long! I warn you so I've split it into daily chunks. It's also not well edited but hopefully there are a few amusing little nuggets and something there for anyone thinking of having a go.

http://phased.co.uk/21-days-in-space-th ... vide-2019/
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Post by landel » Mon Oct 14, 2019 6:29 pm

Brilliant write-up Dave, I really enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing :-bd

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Post by wriggles » Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:35 pm

Good reading Dave, cheers
Meanwhile my mother-in-law was actively stalking me. My phone pinged with a text requesting details of the diner I was currently sat in as she couldn’t find it on Google Maps. I replied and within minutes was advised she was perusing the menu online.
Yep, similar happened to me in Seeley, sat in a pub and as soon as I connected to Wi-fi a message popped up from my Mum asking why I hadnt gone to the diner down the road as the menu looked more nutritious.

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Post by Dave Barter » Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:40 pm

wriggles wrote:
Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:35 pm
Good reading Dave, cheers
Meanwhile my mother-in-law was actively stalking me. My phone pinged with a text requesting details of the diner I was currently sat in as she couldn’t find it on Google Maps. I replied and within minutes was advised she was perusing the menu online.
Yep, similar happened to me in Seeley, sat in a pub and as soon as I connected to Wi-fi a message popped up from my Mum asking why I hadnt gone to the diner down the road as the menu looked more nutritious.
They picked me up from the airport and then I suffered a whole afternoon of them recounting every single detail of my ride back to me. They had spreadsheets of mileages, lists of towns and thousands of google street view images. I felt violated!
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Post by wriggles » Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:47 pm

Ha ha and you were still trying to process it all whilst this was going on. Brilliant.

(I was given 3 copies of Riding the Great Divide when I got back, my BiL [retired 30 year nails navy petty officer]had an entire wall with the route printed out and stuck up. The dog just shouted at me for 20 mins)

Really enjoyable read so far
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Brilliant. Shows how much ground you covered though. Thats a proper quick time.

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Post by BigdummySteve » Tue Oct 15, 2019 8:17 am

:-bd Great write up. I know the finishing feeling, I had the same thing after my 1200mile jogle. I think it’s because you become adjusted to a hard but fundamentally simple existence, wake up, eat, do miles, eat sleep. It’s addictive in its simplicity, for me part of the flat feeling came from knowing I’d be leaving this temporary lifestyle behind.
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Post by Cheeky Monkey » Wed Oct 16, 2019 2:58 pm

I was tempted to find a brothel first and send my mother-in-law into a frenzy. Other riders told me later that there was plenty of choice on this road.
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Post by sean_iow » Wed Oct 16, 2019 4:07 pm

Great write up Dave, I'm up to day 15. I'm trying not to read it all in one go as I won't have anything to look forward to and I should really be working :smile:

And I now know what happened to your tent :lol: In other accounts I've read people have got rid of more, like their entire sleep kit, so don't feel too bad.
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Post by faustus » Wed Oct 16, 2019 8:55 pm

That's a great write-up, and I look forward to reading more about your post divide thoughts and anecdotes. Greg May's write up is similar to yours and one I also enjoyed. For me, hearing about the gritty hard details makes it more appealing because the 'postcard divide' shortchanges on the difficulties and therefore the realities.

No idea how I'd do it, but hearing about sh1te food, mosquitoes, and poo habits, made it seem oddly more achievable.

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Post by trob6 » Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:46 am

Excellent Dave, It takes me right back its like I was you and I wanted to do it again within two days of the end after saying almost all the way though that this is stupid and never again etc.
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Post by JoseMcTavish » Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:52 pm

Have finally managed to read the whole lot after rationing it out! Thanks for sharing it Dave - I've been obsessively reading people's accounts of riding the divide for the last 15 years and yours has jumped to the top of the pile as my favourite by far! Really well written, brutally honest and a lot of genuine moments of laughing out loud - brilliant.

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Post by Dave Barter » Fri Nov 08, 2019 2:16 pm

Thank you, means a lot.
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Post by psling » Fri Nov 08, 2019 5:04 pm

Hi Dave. I've been reading through your write up too; fascinating insight into both the event and your physical and mental perspective. Can't wait for the book.... :wink:
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Post by Richpips » Fri Nov 15, 2019 2:35 pm

Enjoyed the write up, so many similar experiences.

Was the barber in El Paso by any chance? My beard was mutilated my a certain Manuel in El Paso..
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Post by Dave Barter » Fri Nov 15, 2019 2:57 pm

Richpips wrote:
Fri Nov 15, 2019 2:35 pm
Enjoyed the write up, so many similar experiences.

Was the barber in El Paso by any chance? My beard was mutilated my a certain Manuel in El Paso..
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