Pizza with Matthew in Abiquiu: Report & Pics:

[Race-fan Sue Faulkner submitted this report with a couple pics.]

I met Matthew last night having pizza at Mamacita's in Abiquiu. He is doing well physically, but very saddened by Dave's death. His grief, and concern for the family, are unmistakable. His decision to continue the race was difficult and he is still conflicted about how to handle this tragedy. He commented that risks are inherent on the GDT. Precautions are made to anticipate and minimize the risks. However, the presense of motor vehicles will always be a danger.

He is dissappointed that the detour takes Polvadero Peak off the route. Although it is a difficult climb, he considers it a rite of passage on the GDT and is sorry that newcomers will not have that experience. I was very happy to talk with him, and watched him head off at dusk for the Abiquiu Lake campground. Attached a couple of photos. Wishing him and all the racers safe travels. Please note that the Rt 96 part of the detour is narrow & winding, be cautious.


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