A new Adventure

Time for my next adventure!

I will be leaving South Africa today to start full time employment with Imagine Learning in the United States. I will be working as a remote Software Engineer creating, maintaining and delivering educational software (I’ll be specializing in front end development with React).

As a remote employee I can work from anywhere and I plan to regularly come and visit South Africa and move between the different State in the USA to see as much as I can. Initially I will not be buying a car, instead I will be travelling by bicycle in each area I visit.

This trip will be to Phoenix Arizona (head office of Imaging Learning) where I will be meeting many of my team mates while we do a hackathon week. This trip will only be 6 weeks so that I can come home for Christmas. I am planning to go to Florida next (in January).

I will be posting pictures and notes on the Whatsapp group I previously used for my Tour Divide trip (if you would like to be on the group to see my adventures send me a private message and I will add you 🙂 )

Tour Divide

(from Wikipedia) The Tour Divide is an annual mountain biking ride traversing the length of the Rocky Mountains, from Canada to the Mexican border. Following the 2,745-mile (4,418 km) Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, it is an ultra-distance cycling ride that is an extreme test of endurance, self-reliance and mental toughness. The ride format is strictly self-supported, and it is not a stage race – the clock runs continuously from the start until riders cross the finish line, usually more than two weeks later.

The ride has a very low profile, and is entirely amateur. There are no entry fees, no sponsorship, and no prizes. Although “letters of intent” from likely starters are encouraged, any rider may turn up on the day to participate. Challenges along the route include mountains, great distances between resupply towns, risk of mechanical failure or injury, bears, poor weather, snowfall, and significant unrideable sections that require pushing the bike. Riders usually adopt a “bikepacking” style, carrying minimal equipment sufficient for camping or bivouacking, and only enough food and water to last until the next town. In this way, riders ride huge distances each day, the current ride record averaging over 174 miles (280 km) per day.

It usually starts on the second Friday in June – at an event called Grand Départ.[1] The ride can also be completed at any time as an individual time trial (ITT).

Due to the extreme distances, inaccessibility of the route, lack of television coverage and small number of participants, spectating is impractical. However, many riders carry SPOT Satellite Messenger tracking devices, allowing their progress to be continuously monitored on websites.

Route Profile – 1000 Miler 2018

Before embarking on an adventure I like learning the names of the towns and resupply points I am likely to travel through. I find I tend to learn the first half of the route quite easily and never remember the last half. So I have started creating route profiles of my route and putting them up on the wall behind my computer so I can lookup and learn a new part of the route.

Route Profile of the 2018 1000 Miler route with all the towns marked. (Right click and Save Image As to get the full sized image)

Planning meals for Hiking

One of my policies when hiking is to never “cook” food. All the warm food I take should be able to be cooked using only boiling water in a bowl. This means never cleaning pots with burnt on food pieces. So far this has worked well for me.

Last year I got an Excaliber Dehydrator for my birthday and I have made a range of dehydrated meals. Earlier this week I took dehydrated rice and mince to work and rehydrated it by poring boiling water over it and letting it stand in a warm box for an hour. While more sauce would have been nice the taste was great and there were no crunchy bits.