Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Kokopelli trail near Fruita CO
The second is the Arizona Trail (AZT) which extends some 800 miles south from Arizona's northern border with Utah to its southern border with Mexico:
The riders on this occasion will be Scott, Nerys and myself. There is a possibility that we will be joined on the AZT in Flagstaff by Cass Gilbert from Bristol who has spent the last 12 months living it up on a bike between Alaska and Guatemala in South America. In addition, I am keeping my fingers crossed that Harriet (of GDR 2008 fame/notoriety) might also be making an appearance. Unfortunately, Hywel's involvement on this occasion will be limited to driving bikes and kit to Heathrow airport.
We are going to be travelling fast and light with very different setups to the GDR. There will not be a pannier or trailer in sight as we are all equipped with bike bags designed and produced in Scott's living room/sweatshop in Banff. The kit allows the bikes to better tackle rougher terrain, although there is something of a penalty to pay in terms of overall carrying capacity.
I think this particular endeavour is going to be a little tougher than the GDR. The AZT in particular will involve rough singletrack terrain, long sections of 'hike a bike', limited water availability and the small task of crossing the Grand Canyon. As on the GDR, we will be equipped with a SPOT device which will allow our progress to be monitored online.
Nerys and I should be flying in to Grand Junction Colorado at the end of August. Scott will be flying to the same location from Canada. The riding starts on Tuesday 31st August.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Sheila and I are very proud of you and so glad that we could help. It seems like only yesterday we waved you off round that first bend at the trailhead in Banff (after you'd found the right one)! It's alright for you, Cennydd and Hywel; at least you can hang up your bikes and drive where you need to go. Poor Chris still has to saddle up if he wants to get anywhere!
Straight off the tops of your heads: if you wrote a book about the trip, what would you call it?
A lot of our workmates here followed the trip with great interest, envy and awe.
Well done again.
P.S. Where to next? Cairo to Capetown??
2722 miles travelled (on route)
61 riding days
12 rest Days
Total riding time of 237 hours
Average speed of 11.5mph
Punctures: Cennydd 0, Hywel 1, Chris - quite a few!
Several gallons of chocolate milk
Photos/Video taken by Hywel - 1047. Selection available here: http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/crichards1976/GreatDivideRide200802#
There were a lot of people who helped make our GDR attempt an enjoyable and successful one. Particular thanks goes out to the following:
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Geoff's tow at Abiquiu
The three monkeys
Sneaking a ride
Red sky at night... get orf me land!