Monday, June 29, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Talked to Trevor on Google Chat. Good thing I'm such a geek and happened to be online. Apparently there are no payphones in the US. But he did find a Mac.
I sent him to the cheat sheet here on how to work his Spot, and he's going to try to fix that. He's riding with 3 other guys: Per (Nilsson Eklof), Steve (McGuire, I think) and Jacob (Johnsrud). So at the very least we can follow them.
They are just past Columbia falls. Trevor is feeling pretty good but his knees are hurting and slowing him down more than he would like. Still, he's doing at least 100 miles a day (over the Rockies!).
That's all for now. Go Trevor!!
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Note: to "cycle" the SPOT should be left outdoors with the SPOT logo on the top of the unit facing the sky.
The spot must be sitting on top of a pack, handle bars etc. It should bot be buried deep in a pack.
You can only us tracking mode for 24 hours. You must do the 20 minute "okay" cycle every day. We recommend doing it every morning as you wake up.
- First use: turn SPOT on, press the OK button and let cycle for 20 min.
- Tracking: Turn unit on, press and hold OK button for at least 5 seconds.
- Tracking turns off after 24 hours. Engage Tracking every morning.
- If lights blink in unison for only 20 min., you were in OK mode.
- *Once in Track mode, holding down the OK button will cancel Track and only send an OK message.
- One set of AA Lithium batteries = 14 days of Tracking.
- GPS Fix = On/Off and OK lights blink in unison.
- No GPS Fix = On/Off and OK lights blink out of unison
- 9-1-1 Mode: Press and hold for at least 3 seconds unit you see green light blink
- Cancel 9-1-1, press and hold button for at least 3 seconds until red light
If On/Off light and OK light blink in unison for longer than 20 min., than you are in Track Mode.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
If you go to the tourdivide.org website you can follow the race via the SPOT and google maps. Simply go to the menu on the right hand side of the page and click on the tab that says leaderboard. That will bring you to the SPOT leaderboard where all the racers will be seen as blue dots. Then just scroll over each dot to see who it is. You can also check out the blog portion of the site where you can read updates during the race.
The other way to follow the race is through the MTBcast.com website where you can actually here my voice as I call in at certain checkpoints along the way. On the right hand of the site you will see the 2009 Tour Divide Racer Audio list. From there scroll down the racer list until you see my name (at the bottom). Click on my name and it will bring you directly to my audio posts.
You will also be able to follow links from there to the SPOT Topofusion maps. On those maps (similiar to the leaderboard) you simply scroll over the points to find the name. If you go there now you can see riders who are going the opposite direction from the Mexican boarder headed north. Go David!
See you on the map!
I arrived in the foothills of Alberta this week to visit with friends and family in my hometown of High River. It has been a nice way to ease into race mode with the support of those are near and dear to my heart (although I do wish my girlfriend was here to see me off). I'm eating lots and getting well rested. The bike seems to be more than ready, just need to slap on the new tires and a computer, and she will be all set. The bags aren't totally packed yet, still subtracting and rearranging items to get it just right. Also waiting for a few things to arrive in the mail. Nothing like cutting it close.
The best part about being here has been watching the snow fall. Yes that's right this weekend a few inches of snow fell in the foothills and the weather channel said up to 10 inches fell around Banff. It kind of dampens the spirits a bit, and makes me wish I hadn't left the long johns at home. Oh well, that's all a part of the race. Taking obstacles as they come and finding a way to get around them.
More exciting news is a reroute of the race in the BC section around Sparwood. Originally the route went from Sparwood and followed highway 3 down to Fernie. Now it trades the 65 miles of asphalt for 105 miles of pure off road bliss through the Flathead Valley, referred to as the "Serengeti of North America". The decision to make the reroute is cutting it close but will be worth the spectacular scenery that we will be experiencing.
Tomorrow I am headed up to the wild Peter Lougheed Park up in the Rockies for some prerace training and camping; to work out any kinks with gear and bike. Looking forward be back in the saddle and that much closer to the Banff starting line. I can't wait to meet all the crazy riders who are attempting the race. The field is up to 39 people now, including Matthew Lee, winner of more than a few previous Tour Divides and GDMBR's. It will be great to ride amongst such driven riders.