June Divide Riders

Brian Tack (far right – red jacket) pictured with fellow June Divide Riders – Cory Hickson, Mike Wallick, and Tim Kahn

2014 Divide Ride is in the books!  Another year full of stories and first time riders.  This year we had the opportunity to take a few Juniors, in high school, along for the ride, but before we get to their interviews lets take a look at long time Divide Ride Trip wannabe turned Divide Ride Rookie.  Brian Tack has been eyeing this trip with us for a few years and finally, this past June, he got the opportunity to go!  Here’s our interview with Brian:

2MA: What was your first thought after day 1 of riding and camping?  Did you feel like: “oh no what have I gotten myself into?” or “that wasn’t so bad!”

Brian: Day one, getting to camp, I thought “that was it?!” yes.  We climbed Boreas Pass that day.  Yes, I was humbled to a slow pace, but I never was in agony or total exhaustion.  I set up camp like I knew to do.  Looked around, and thought, “that’s it?!”  “This is all I have to do (To survive)?”  Then, sitting around the table to eat, then the fire, devotions–I learned quickly is what makes the Divide memorable.  After day 1…….. Ok, maybe day 2, I never wanted to get to camp.  It meant another day would be over, and one day closer to the trip being over.  I wanted to soak up the time since I kept hearing the week would go fast!

2MA: What item or items did you bring that you wish you didn’t and what item or items did you wish you had but didn’t bring?

Brian: Something I brought that I wish I didn’t, was my under the seat bag for my tire repair gear the last minute–unfortunately.  I had it secured other places, and then quickly put the bag on before we left. It wore a hole into brand new bike shorts, and irritated my leg until I pitched it into my pannier on Tuesday.  Something I wish I would have had, was the camp chair Kyle Alcorn (2nd Mile Adventures Board Member and fellow Divide Rider) had–or most any seat for around the fire.

2MA: What was your valley (low point of the trip) and your peak (high point of the trip)? low: bonking on day

Brian: Valley: I learned that uphills can look like downhills – aka Colorado Flats.  2nd Mile adventures suggest a Garmin eTrex 20.  This will help you realize you’re actually climbing even when it look like your going down hill or it’s flat. I also had a poor early pace to that same day.  High: road 77, at my own pace.  Soaking up the glorious creation God took extra time on.

2MA: What spiritual impact did you take away from this trip?  Did the trip encourage you or push / challenge you in your walk with the Lord?  What did you feel the Lord was speaking to you about?

Brian: The trip encouraged me.  I’m not used to spending my days around adults, let alone adults who talk scripture and devotions.  It was so refreshing.  It’s easy to get caught up and forget to stay on track with what we need to have in our life first.

2MA: What setup were you using i.e. type of bike, rear rack, tent, panniers, water filter, camp stove, etc.  Would you change anything about your set up for the next Divide Ride?

Brian: I have a 26″ Trek Fuel full suspension. I had the Topeak front bag, 2 Revelate feed bags, gas tank, the orange panniers and rack 2MA loaned me. Tent and sleeping bag too. I brought tablets for water–on day one, I learned that was a slightly inconvenient way of water purifying. Next time, I will use the “straw” thing Cory and Tim had.

Divide Ride Rookie lesson 101… when forging a river or creek, it’s best to creep across it rather then go as fast as possible.  Brian learned this the hard way, but he popped back up and kept going!

Forging the river

Forging the river

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River 1 Brian 0

If you have any questions about this trip or equipment we use please leave us a comment or contact us!

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DSCN2393This past June 20-28 10 men set out on the first of two Great Divide Rides this year. This years route is a loop starting in Silverthorne Colorado heading south through Breckenridge to Hartsel and looping back over Webster Pass. Due to the massive amount of snow Colorado received this year Webster Pass is closed until August causing the men to back track and loop back through Breckenridge. This made for 2 – 50 mile days and 6 passes to climb throughout the week. All-in-all the men had a great time bikepacking, camping, eating tons of junk food, and most importantly fellowshipping and spending time in God’s presence!

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Dunes Day Ride

Dunes Day Ride

Dunes Day Ride is a 1 day – 100 mile road tour of Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan to help raise funds for local organizations.  All level and ages are welcome and capable of doing this ride.  We depart from the Village of Winona Lake on a Saturday Morning around 7am and we all arrive at Warren Dunes State Park by 3pm for a nice refreshing dip in Lake Michigan to celebrate our accomplishment!

This year we’re partnering with Tour Divide – Tim and Dave to help them raise money for our sister organization 2nd Mile Missions House of Hope – an orphanage in the Dominican Republic.  Tim Devlin and David Wildman have set a challenge to friends, family, co-workers, and their community to help them raise $25,000 for the House of Hope.  As for their part of the bargain… they have agreed to ride the Tour Divide – the worlds toughest self supported mountain bike race: a 2,700 mile route through the Rocky Mountains from Banff, AB to the Mexico/USA border in Antelope Wells, New Mexico in 34 days or less.

Great Divide Map

Cost: $40 (includes: water bottle and a head buff and transportation back from Warren Dunes State Park – if needed)

Date: June 14th

Start Time: we will depart from the Trailhouse bike shop parking lot at 7:30am

Where: Village of Winona Lake to Warren Dunes State Park with stops in Bremen for breakfast and New Carlisle for lunch

Register Online Here:

Would you like to make a donation above and beyond your registration fee?  All donations are tax deductible and 100% of all donation goes directly to helping fight poverty in the Dominican Republic!  This year we have 2 options:

Download the Sponsor – A – Rider form and get your local community (friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers) to sponsor your.  Take the form with you, collect the money, and then bring it with you the morning of the ride.  Any money raised over $40 and your registration fee is covered!!!

OR you can just Donate Here

Couples Rate or Friend Rate (limit 1 friend) and save $20: Sign up your spouse or a friend and get a Friendly rate!  To take advantage of this deal you must have your registration and payment in by June 6th.  Download this FLYER and and then mail in your registration and check to:

2nd Mile Adventures

c/o Dunes Day Ride

PO Box 733

Winona Lake, IN 46590

Have questions?  Just let us know:

2nd Mile Adventures:

Check out what our director and a fellow 2MAer are up to this summer!

Originally posted on Tour Divide - Tim & Dave:

Tour Divide Promo Video

Tour Divide Promo Video

Check out the handy work of Film For The Maker! These guys are coming with us to document the Great Divide Route and why we’re riding the full divide route.

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