Sunday, June 22, 2008

From GDR blog: Bike party on the GDR [Day 3]

It's been a big "bike party" on the Great Divide route so far today, with racers piling up in Seeley Lake, Ovando and Lincoln and pushing on toward Helena. John Nobile called in from Helena, at mile 365 [587 km] on the route, at 1 p.m. Sunday. He reported no snow on the route between Lincoln and Helena, a washed-out road toward Stemple Pass, and a wolf sighting.

David Blaine called from Lincoln [492 km] at 11:36 a.m., Rainier Lenninge called at about noon, and Simon Kennett called at 12:35 p.m. to report light overnight rain and a nice tailwind into town. Geoff Roes also called around noon Sunday, sounding a little wiped after attempting to camp outside Ovando with Simon, Fred Wilkinson and Carl Hutchings. "I have not been able to sleep," he said. Geoff said he's been sleeping about three hours a night even though he's been stopped for seven or eight, and the weather isn't helping. "We got a torrential downpour just as we were getting out of bed," he said. "I was trying to get my stuff together and my sleeping bag got soaked." Geoff said he would probably only push as far as Helena today because he's exhausted, "sleepy-wise," but still feeling strong physically.

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