"Back in the day, I always had a unique capacity for making fart jokes during the most serious and serene of moments. I never quite 'got it' when everyone else would 'feel' stuff. ... Being out there alone in extreme conditions makes me take life, myself and my place in the world seriously. It quiets all the noise and lets me think, focus and relax. My mind wanders and thinks big thoughts out there. The kind of thoughts that could either be a gift or a burden if you thought them everyday."
Last month, I cheered for my friend Adam Bartlett as he raced 350 miles to McGrath in the Iditarod Trail Invitational. OK, it wasn't really cheering; I drank in his honor and hoped he'd do well. Or at least come home with all his fingers and toes.
Now that he's had time to consider the experience and sort out his thoughts—from the reflective to the comically absurd—you should read them here. (You might need to be a registered mtbr.com user but, hell, all mountain bikers should be anyway.)
And don't forget to check out his photos from the trail.
How far did you go on your last ride?