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.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢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.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢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.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢JurÃƒÂ© 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.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢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.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢Coffee in the Red States sucks. not sure what that indicates.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢There’s no such thing as too much Red Bull.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢Try riding with an average speed of 11 MPH. Just try it.