1400 Miles, Day 4 & 5, and Thanks!
We are officially in the heart of the Land of Enchantment. The weather when we woke up this morning was a crisp 59 degrees F and clear skies on the horizon. Here we sit in Santa Rosa, NM thinking about the day ahead and wondering what lies in store. A few things are for certain, 120 miles and over 7,000 feet of elevation gain. Other things, not so certain. And that's what make it exciting.
The past few days have been fairly boring from a cycling standpoint. No major mechanical issues, no major road issues and no major weather issues. All in all, pretty pleasant. The winds were blowing a pretty stiff gale yesterday but luckily the wind was at our back pretty much the entire day, like it was welcoming us in the Enchantment. We arrived in Santa Rosa fairly early in the afternoon yesterday which meant we were able to spend a good amount of time off the bike before doing it all over again today.
One of my favorite things about the 1400 Miles ride is seeing how your body begins to adapt to the daily grind. The small aches and pains in the rear section begin to numb themselves and the aches and pains in the muscles begin to transition into a steady soreness that is almost painful but stays just below the threshold. The bike begins to feel like a part of the body and all seems right in the world.
I've driven these roads countless times over the course of the life with a drivers license but I can say with 100% certainty that I missed many things from the drivers seat of a car. When you're on a bicycle and the miles are moving by at 70mph, you notice things that you wouldn't otherwise. Small sings on the side of the road, vistas off in the distance, undulations in the skyline that would have breezed by in a vehicle but from the saddle of a bicycle they seem to stay there forever, allowing you to pick up every little detail. It's a surreal experience, seeing the road from a bicycle. I've long been ad advocate of riding bikes. They're great exercise, carry very little impact on your joints and they let you go places by the power of your own legs, places that merely running or walking couldn't take you in a realistic amount of time. Bikes are great, I've drank their Kool-aid more times that I can count on my fingers.
Riding 1400 Miles in 14 days is a quite a feat. It's mental, physical, emotional and philosophical. It's an experience like none other and one that could not be done without an incredible amount of support. Before I sign off here and begin the long trek to Santa Fa I'd like to throw out a few big thank you's!
1400 Miles Crew- these fine folks truly make this trip a reality. From prepping water bottles, food and luggage to leap frogging cyclists to ensure that the roads are safe and that everyone has what they need. They work tirelessly, day and night, to take care of us on the trip and it's greatly appreciated!
1400 Miles Bike Mechanic- The man, the myth, the legend, Tim Keating. Tim is the kind of guy that you always want to have in your corner. A truly genuine human being with more mechanical knowledge than just about anyone I know. He keeps our wheels turning and our gears shifting and he does it all with a smile on his face, a joke here and there and a harmonica serenade when it's needed!
Hops & Grain team- It's a scary proposition for a business owner to leave town for 3 straight weeks with little access to phone and email. I can say with full confidence that I left town this year with absolutely no concerns about our team steering the ship in my absence. One of the greatest joys of my entrepreneurial journey has been letting go of responsibilities that I once held tight and watching our team grow personally and professionally as they take on the challenge of owning each of these responsibilities. And they are absolutely killing it! Our production team is clipping like a well oiled machine, our tasting room is pouring a beer experience like no other and our sales and marketing team are on the front lines, telling our story and enriching the experience for everyone that interacts with our brand. I'm incredibly proud of our team and look forward to their continued growth!
My beautiful wife!- I cannot say enough how thankful I am to have such a wonderful partner in crime. Her support is unparalleled and her grace in life is unmatched. It's tough to be away from the ones you love most and it's even tougher knowing the stress that they must feel in your absence. At times I feel selfish on this journey but my wife continually encourages and supports me and for that I am forever grateful. I truly believe that the best relationships in life are built not only on trust but on absolute support for the pursuits of the other. My wife is a shining example of this and I can't thank her enough!
And to all those who have supported us leading up to this trip, Many, Many Thanks to you! We do this ride for those that can't. We've had a mantra going since day one and it's wonderful motivation for all of us.
"Suffering on the bike will end. Suffering of those with prostate cancer continues. Ride!"
Thanks for following the journey! Look for a nice, long, reflective post from Santa Fe. But first, onward and upward through the mountains of New Mexico!