Sunday, March 07, 2010

Letter of Intent - Tour Divide



I did it - I wrote my letter of intent - no turning back now, have to stay in one piece between now and June - July really.  It took me a while because whenever I thought about what to write all that came up was the poem "Uphill" by Christina Rossetti :

Uphill

Does the road wind up-hill all the way?
Yes, to the very end.
Will the day’s journey take the whole long day?
From morn to night, my friend.

But is there for the night a resting-place?
A roof for when the slow dark hours begin.
May not the darkness hide it from my face?
You cannot miss that inn.

Shall I meet other wayfarers at night?
Those who have gone before.
Then must I knock, or call when just in sight?
They will not keep you standing at that door.

Shall I find comfort, travel-sore and weak?
Of labor you shall find the sum.
Will there be beds for me and all who seek?
Yea, beds for all who come.

Christina Rossetti was obviously a cyclist.


With this letter* I state my intent to be at the start in Banff on June 11 and some days later stand on the podium** in Antelope Wells New Mexico being congratulated by the TD podium girls***.  It has been a long time goal for me to ride my bike across**** the USA.   Although I have never touched a wheel to the backbone of North America, I have been training a bit here in Vermont and hope I can translate this to success in the West.  I plan to finish strong and finish happy.   I am looking forward to seeing some snow capped peaks, tumbleweeds, ghost towns, cacti, and sitting under the stars at night frying up jackalopes in a large cast iron skillet.    I have scoped out the competition and this year looks like the year of 100% success rate - so count me in!  I am looking forward to racing with you all.*****

David Tremblay
Moretown, Vermont USA
http://audaxvermont.blogspot.com/

* Actually it was with the purchase of the non-refundable plane ticket that I stated my intent.
**The podium for people named "David" and if necessary the sub category of those from Vermont.
*** Provided my daughters pick me up at the finish.
****The vertical north to south version will do.
***** Even if it is for the first 5-10 minutes of the race.

4 comments:

Marshal said...

Good to see your name show up on the 2010 start list. Glad it all fell into place for you

Groundshine said...

Thanks for the welcome. It was a little tricky - it sounds like other riders also had to make some efforts to get this kind of time off. Now if everything else can fall into place!

mike said...

good luck and godspeed!

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