One of the craziest six weeks of travel I've ever undertaken is underway. It started with a 9.5 hour drive to Stillwater, OK for Bobby Wintle's Land Run 100 gravel race. I got to town early and caught up with friends from the Dirty Kanza crew, making new acquaintances at a bar a block from District Bicycles.
The race went well and I'm extremely happy with my result as well as how I felt during the race. My only mistake was starting with a cap and a vest on. I overheated and had to slow to take them off. The mud was an adventure, one that I safely navigated. The second half of the race was entirely rideable and negative splits were easily on offer.
After the race, I grabbed a burrito and a shower and headed west. I drove for 3 hours and stopped for the night at a cheap motel in Shamrock, Texas. The next morning I woke early and hit the road by 5am. I was headed to Moab, Utah for an event with Specialized. 12.5 hours later I rolled into town and met up with other journalists.
Over the next 2 days we rode the big S's new electric mountain bike. The trails we hit were perfect for the electric assist full suspension bikes. See my story on Bikeradar.
Worn out from all the fun, I drove 6 hours back to Boulder in Wednesday. As I write this I'm on my way to the airport with my wife. Michelin is launching a new series of tires and we're flying to the mother ship in France for the event. Afterwards we're taking a 3-day layover in Paris. It's the first time we're traveling overseas together and the excitement is big!
When I return, I'll have a few days at home before driving east again, this time to Kansas City to meet a friend before we head to Arkansas for the Ouachita Challenge.
A week after that it's a trip through the White Rim with a crew of dudes for a couple days of sandy fun.
Sea Otter after that and then more time in southeastern Utah, this time touring Anasazi ruins and petroglyphs for a feature I'm working on for Adventure Cyclist.
It's gonna be a barn burner month ahead but I couldn't be happier.