It’s been over six months since the 2016 Presidential election. Hillary Clinton is still in complete denial and hasn’t taken any responsibility for why she lost. Meanwhile, Donald Trump’s presidency has been hit or miss and the Republicans haven’t kept very many of their campaign promises. Outside the political bubble, Gary Johnson has gone back to doing what he loves. He’s been completely absent from any news coverage by choice. Since the election, Gary Johnson has been training hard for a 2,800 mile bike ride across the Continental Divide.
But in June, Johnson will embark on what he calls his greatest physical challenge yet: riding the Continental Divide from Banff, Alberta, in the Canadian Rockies to Antelope Wells in the desert of Southern New Mexico.
“You have to be self-supported,” said Johnson, who said he will be carrying about 40 pounds of supplies, including sleeping gear, food and water. He said he’ll also have bear spray.
During the race, riders can avail themselves of only those goods and services available to all participants, Johnson said. Friends and family can’t even come out to cheer on — or cheer up — riders because that is considered a form of support, he said.
In addition to the already daunting feat of biking 2,800 miles, The Tour Divide also includes climbing 200,000 vertical feet in total. Gary Johnson is expecting the entire trip will take up to 40 days to complete.
Divide racers must not only be conditioned to endure weeks of consecutive 16+ hour days in the saddle, they need to bring other skills to the trail. The route is unmarked and circuitous, requiring navigational acumen. It travels through remote backcountry with Grizzly and Mountain Lion density. Intervals between services are frequently 100+ miles and demand calculated food/water resupply–or else. Riders must also find shelter each night or bivouac trailside.
With an average time-to-completion of three weeks in the saddle, Tour Divide is the longest–arguably most challenging–mountain bike time trial on the planet.
It appears Gary Johnson couldn’t care less about what his former political opponents are up to. He’s back to enjoying life post-politics and doesn’t seem to have a care in the world:
“Eat, sleep, ride. That’s my life,” he said.