Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Tour Divide Day 19.

142km. Rough Camp to County Road 14.
Total time: 14 hours, including 3 stopped.

Dear Headwind,

Please stop.

You've been in my face for three days now. I round a 180 degree switchback and you are still there. How do you do that?

You have penetrated my brain and I can't hear myself think. I can still hear you screaming in my ears when I sleep. My lips are cracked and bleeding with the perpetual dryness that you create.

I've had my head down so much as I've been trying to avoid you that I almost didn't notice how much the landscape has changed. This isn't skiing territory anymore. I'm into the hoodoos and badlands. Neat.

I only cleared two of the three passes that I'd aimed for today because I let you get to me. And I'm sleeping solo tonight because you put a gap between me and my friends. Yeah, you got me today.

Don't be fooled. You can slow me down, but you wont stop me.

(But, please stop, anyway).

Tori
Sent from my BlackBerry device on the Rogers Wireless Network

9 Comments:

Anonymous Fred E. said...

Right on, Tori! Nothing will stop you. You are almost in New Mexico as I write this, after all. And, almost passing 2,000 MILES!!

June 29, 2011 at 7:23:00 PM MDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I look forward to reading your updates every day. You are very inspiring.

A Mike in Calgary

June 29, 2011 at 8:16:00 PM MDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG--19 days! Almost there, and oh, the sights you've seen!

Thinking of you, Tori, and looking for your update every day.

June 29, 2011 at 8:31:00 PM MDT  
Blogger Kate Aardal said...

Your amazing! Nothing will st you now......will be following blog in between feeling sorry for my self when hurting 20 km into a 40 km on stage one of three in Fernie! Itll help me suck it up!....
Keep pedaling, not much left so enjoy it!

June 29, 2011 at 9:00:00 PM MDT  
Anonymous FiveStroke said...

Way to go !!! Mountains, wind - just a tiny mental challenge for YA :-)

June 29, 2011 at 10:19:00 PM MDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go Tori Go
You have Kiwi support and love
Have asked the biking kaitiaki to transfer your head wind over here

You are an incredible athlete

Lindsay G

June 29, 2011 at 11:18:00 PM MDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the immortal words of Meatloaf...two out of three ain't bad! Maybe the headwinds were a blessing as they seem to have taken your focus off the grade and the huge rocks that had JP walking about 75% of those climbs a couple of days ago.
-Cathy

June 30, 2011 at 12:01:00 AM MDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, that sounds like it really BLOWS! Someone had tosay it, might as well be me. Hang in there, YOU RULE! Kick that head winds ass. Getting closer with each pedal stroke, keep it up.

BRENT

June 30, 2011 at 9:11:00 AM MDT  
Blogger kcab20 said...

This made me smile! YOU GO GIRL!!!

June 30, 2011 at 1:39:00 PM MDT  

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