RAAM Wrap

With a couple days between me and the end of RAAM I figured it might make sense to wrap up my thoughts on the race and my experience with it.

•After the first 36 hours of riding, it struck me that the racers were less than a fifth of the way through. They’d been riding for a day and a half STRAIGHT. You have to really love/hate your bike and yourself to go through that. I cannot relate.

•We went through Navajo Nation in northern Arizona, one of the most depressing places I’ve ever seen in the US. It’s a tragedy and disgrace that this area can exist as it does. No resources, no hope. I found myself stunned that we were still in the same country as San Diego.

•Juré Robic got only 2 flats the entire race. Chalk one up for Michelin Pro race tires. The roads were horrible on a lot of the route, making only 2 flats a miracle.

•You think there’s a national wireless phone network? Think again. I’d say 75% of my calls on the trip were ended by being dropped. We went a cumulative total of nearly 3 days with zero service at all.

•Coffee in the Red States sucks. not sure what that indicates.

•There’s no such thing as too much Red Bull.

•Try riding with an average speed of 11 MPH. Just try it.

More later.

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