Joe's Tour Divide has been quite a journey. It seems like only yesterday he started in Canada. Now he's in New Mexico with just a few days left. Here are few thoughts, obersvations and predictions on Joe's Great Adventure. These are observations. Please do not confuse them with fact.
- I believe Joe is the only rider riding a drop bar rigid mountain bike. Personally I can't imagine doing 2700 miles on a flat bar.
- Joe has overcome some big obstacles thus far. We figure he's had at least 26-30 hours of time committed to working on his bike or waiting for parts after his mud, derailleur and derailleur hanger incident outside of Lima. He also did a frame swap in Steamboat, CO at Orange Peelz (Our great Salsa dealer).
- Despite Joe's set backs, his spirit seems good. This is the Joe we all know.
- Joe has caught the lead chase group. I think there are 6 or 7 riders in a pack right now. I predict that on one of these last days in New Mexico, Joe will attempt to make a Trans Iowa like day and pull away from the pack. We are predicting a 5th place for Joe, 4th if call out individual riders and put he Peterverys in their own crazy classification. Not bad considering the 30+ hours of bike work.
- If Joe get's 5th, it looks like we will have 2 Salsa's in the top 5 placing. Kurt is riding a Dos Niner and Joe is riding a Fargo. Both bikes are equiped with custom frame bags. Joe's are from Eric at Epic Designs. I'm not sure about Kurts.
Lastly, we can't wait for Joe's return so we can hear all his stories. We hope to share some of the best of them. Stay tuned.
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Growing up as a Minnesota farm boy, I developed an appreciation and love for land and open space. This appreciation has fostered two passions, cycling and photography. Both of these passions provide freedom, encourage me to explore and foster creativity. More importantly though, my journey with a bike and a camera reminds me that the world is big and I am small.