2016 Gravel Pursuit

I am so grateful to have been able to go on this adventure. Especially with such good friends. Riding bicycles in the eastern part of Idaho that meets up with West Yellowstone was amazing. The scenery and route that Jay Petervary put together was truly epic. To think that this is his backyard where he and his wife live and train was so cool. If you don't know who Tracey and Jay P. are then let me just tell you that they are endurance cycling legends. Thank you JP, T-race, and your volunteers for putting on such an awesome event.

I'll let the photos tell the story.

After cruising through Kansas and Colorado we stopped in Victor, ID for an overnight in Fitzgerald bicycles parking lot. They made us some fine coffee before we left.  

After cruising through Kansas and Colorado we stopped in Victor, ID for an overnight in Fitzgerald bicycles parking lot. They made us some fine coffee before we left.  

The best part of traveling in an RV. Sleeping comfortably while someone else is driving. Bobby took that to the extreme on this trip. 

The best part of traveling in an RV. Sleeping comfortably while someone else is driving. Bobby took that to the extreme on this trip. 

Brett, Trevor, and I hung our bikes in the Salsa tent. Right next to JP's el Mariachi. 

Brett, Trevor, and I hung our bikes in the Salsa tent. Right next to JP's el Mariachi. 

Friday night we should of been finalizing our setup for the ride in the morning. Some of us were more successful than others. 

Friday night we should of been finalizing our setup for the ride in the morning. Some of us were more successful than others. 

My selfie attempt while riding my bike up a 9 mile paved climb. The visibility was maybe 30-40 feet. We were riding into a cloud and you can see the water accumulating on my beard. I would wear my Oklahoma "winter" riding gear all day. Boo hoo ;)  

My selfie attempt while riding my bike up a 9 mile paved climb. The visibility was maybe 30-40 feet. We were riding into a cloud and you can see the water accumulating on my beard. I would wear my Oklahoma "winter" riding gear all day. Boo hoo ;)  

These fire roads are so nice to ride on. 

These fire roads are so nice to ride on. 

This photo doesn't even begin to capture the breathtaking scenery we were surrounded by. It's also hard to take photos flying 25 mph down a mountain.  

This photo doesn't even begin to capture the breathtaking scenery we were surrounded by. It's also hard to take photos flying 25 mph down a mountain.  

I love how clear and clean the water is up here. You could hearing water running almost throughout the whole day. It was like those nature sound CD's you get to fall asleep to.  

I love how clear and clean the water is up here. You could hearing water running almost throughout the whole day. It was like those nature sound CD's you get to fall asleep to.  

Obligatory bike shot.  

Obligatory bike shot.  

My Salsa Beargrease didn't fail me once. 

My Salsa Beargrease didn't fail me once. 

The Aspen's where in full fall yellow. The color was so bright it looked neon.  

The Aspen's where in full fall yellow. The color was so bright it looked neon.  

Riding through the valley at the foot of the mountain which the locals call the foothills. Their mountains to me damnit!

Riding through the valley at the foot of the mountain which the locals call the foothills. Their mountains to me damnit!

Seemingly endless switch backs climbing up this pass. Soon I would learn that was supposed to be descending on this road NOT going up it.  

Seemingly endless switch backs climbing up this pass. Soon I would learn that was supposed to be descending on this road NOT going up it.  

Where is JP taking us? Through a field/marsh/bear trap? All of the above. PS this was so fun on a fat bike. The fun would be over soon though. 

Where is JP taking us? Through a field/marsh/bear trap? All of the above. PS this was so fun on a fat bike. The fun would be over soon though. 

Jumping between water filled ruts. Barely managed to keep my feet dry.

Jumping between water filled ruts. Barely managed to keep my feet dry.

Bear scat. Time for me to get out of there.  

Bear scat. Time for me to get out of there.  

Notice my bike is facing the opposite direction as the sign. I made a wrong turn and ended up riding the north loop backwards. The hike a bike to get to the top took so much energy. Luckily I had a burrito in my pocket.  

Notice my bike is facing the opposite direction as the sign. I made a wrong turn and ended up riding the north loop backwards. The hike a bike to get to the top took so much energy. Luckily I had a burrito in my pocket.  

So technically I can say I rode my bike in Montana too. Even if it was just a couple of miles. 

So technically I can say I rode my bike in Montana too. Even if it was just a couple of miles. 

I believe we are looking at West Yellowstone.  

I believe we are looking at West Yellowstone.  

Another view from Two Top. The highest point in the ride. So remote that we took these rough ATV trails to get up there. Going down was exhilarating and tiring. The first time I have wanted suspension on a bike. I don't know how people did it on skinny cross tires   

Another view from Two Top. The highest point in the ride. So remote that we took these rough ATV trails to get up there. Going down was exhilarating and tiring. The first time I have wanted suspension on a bike. I don't know how people did it on skinny cross tires   

I want to go back to these trails with a full suspension fat bike. It would be so much fun. 

I want to go back to these trails with a full suspension fat bike. It would be so much fun. 

As I mentioned earlier I ended up taking a wrong turn. Totally my fault. I made it to the 75 mile check point were the gracious crew loaded me and gave me the directions to cut the course short so it was only a 20 mile ride back instead of 50+. I thought I would try to complete the whole route (backwards) but then time was getting away and I came across another rider who was having some issues and could use some help getting back to the finish. 

Technically I DNF'd. But I didn't really care. I just wanted to ride my bike all day in a gorgeous new place with new challenges and that's exactly what I got. 103 miles of adventure were had. 

The trusty steeds loaded up and ready to head home.  

The trusty steeds loaded up and ready to head home.  

4 Salsa's and a Surly. I don't believe anyone had a bike issue during their ride. It's nice to have good equipment you can rely on.  

4 Salsa's and a Surly. I don't believe anyone had a bike issue during their ride. It's nice to have good equipment you can rely on.  

On our way home we couldn't pass up driving through Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons.

First stop. The Grand Prismatic Springs. 

First stop. The Grand Prismatic Springs. 

Brett had just been through Yellowstone with his wife earlier in the year and proceeded to tell us all about the stupid people who die in Yellowstone's hot springs.  

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Meet the Stillwater boyz.  

Dr. Seth Wood. He finished the 120 mile race in 6th place on a single speed Krampus. #onegear

Dr. Seth Wood. He finished the 120 mile race in 6th place on a single speed Krampus. #onegear

Bobby Wintle. The stoke master. #turnandburn

Bobby Wintle. The stoke master. #turnandburn

Brett Stevens. The most reliable man in the world.  #eeyorebuthappy

Brett Stevens. The most reliable man in the world.  #eeyorebuthappy

Trevor Stewart. Rocked 60 miles on his Fargo and got himself a sweet finishers glass. #IlikegirlsnamedLiz

Trevor Stewart. Rocked 60 miles on his Fargo and got himself a sweet finishers glass. #IlikegirlsnamedLiz

Being here with these guys was incredible. 

Being here with these guys was incredible. 

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I think Bobby slept so much because his body was trying to store up sleep before Land Run 100, 2017.   

I think Bobby slept so much because his body was trying to store up sleep before Land Run 100, 2017.   

What a great trip. I'm hoping JP's Gravel Pursuit can be an annual trip. So worth it. Next time I'm going to have to figure out how to take the family with me.