Stephen Gleasner has a Plan

Racer update about:
Hello this is Stephen Gleasner. I'm in Frisco. Just south of Silverthorne. Spent the night in Silverthorne. It almost 9 o'clock. Having some breakfast then hit the road. Plan is to make Salida and do some drive train work and maybe some new tires. So that's the plan. Things are going pretty well. Had a high speed run into Silverthorne last night so I could make it to the Target before it closed. So I could get some cards for my camera. Just taking a lot of pictures and running out of space. Got that and a hotel and someting to eat. Feeling refreshed and ready to go. Done the road. (recorder time: 2008-07-03 09:49:09 EST)


You're the man, Steve!

Keep on keeping on.

We're following you ever single day!


Many people watching!

I am amazed at how many people are following this event.

Believe me, this has a way of turning a person into a bluedotjunkie.

I find myself checking this site at least ten times per day (at LEAST that many)!


Speaking of blue dots, if

Speaking of blue dots, if you scroll far enough east on the map you'll see that Matthew's blue dot is back in North Carolina. Welcome home, Matt, and great job! Congratulations to you and all the other racers who are giving it a go (or gave it a go). When I was out there researching the Great Divide more than a decade ago, I never dreamed that riders would time trial the thing. You're all awesome. By the way, I just got done with a 2008 revison of the guidebook. Due to a route change around Ovando, Montana--which added three miles to the route--the official Adventure Cycling mileage is now 2,714 miles.

Hope I'm doing this right.

Hope I'm doing this right. Sounds like you're avoiding serious bruin damage. Thanks to Sooze for the website. New tires are nice. Will look up Silverthorne.

Love, UB

tour divide

For those who made it and those who didn’t. And especially for the guy at the back of the pack still out there somewhere working the pedals.

Tour Divide

Listen my friends and you shall hear
A lone mountain bike in the granny gear.
You started in Banff seventeen strong
But this is a tale of things that go wrong

Achilles tendons and drifts of snow,
Grizzlies, big cats, nightmares-to-go.
Miles to go before you sleep
And all those promises to keep.

With lagging spirits and constant grief,
Utter exhaustion with no relief,
Wet, hungry, legs like concrete
Can’t feel your toes, can’t feel your feet.

Lugging your stuff, not to mention your bike
On this Rocky Mountain obstacle hike.
Some say that it was just never clear
They would need the skills of a mountaineer.

Swarming mosquitoes and one sore butt,
Mud everywhere, your wheels in a rut.
You’ve climbed 200,000 feet
And endured the desert’s relentless heat.

Emotional ups, emotional downs
Mysterious maps, vanishing towns,
Swollen ankles, fever and chills
Slippery paths and a hundred spills

Awesome country these racers have seen -
Canada, Mexico and all parts between
from Banff in Alberta to Antelope Wells.
Each rider enduring their personal hells.

The prize isn’t money, nor is it glory
It’s just being part of an epic story.
It’s you, your bike and your winning smiles.
You made it through nearly 3,000 miles.

It’s meeting the challenges, seeing it through
Knowing the one who endured it was you.
Knowing you triumphed on this awesome ride -
Knowing you conquered the Tour Divide.

By Diana C. Gleasner
Copyright 2008

Hey Steve! I'm trying to

Hey Steve! I'm trying to find the blue dot- I'm not checking the site ten times a day umm because I am probably changing a diaper but I am thinking about you and gleaning updates from Bree and Illya as much as possible!!! We all love you and hope you are doing well! love Dan, Cari, Zephyr and Bruno

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