I Am the Weakest Link - CycleBlaze

I Am the Weakest Link

Trying Not to Lose My Mind on the Great Divide

By Jeff Lee
2,648 miles (4,262 km) over 58 days between Jun. 1, 2016 and Jul. 28, 2016

The drive to the border

“Texas-Size It!” heart 67

New Mexico

“The desert is full of pointy things!” heart 69
I will never again disregard my wife’s advice regarding the handling of porcupine quills. heart 97
Something I've been dreading for the last year heart 18
The old man who swallowed the fly heart 45
"I don’t trust either of you men, but I do trust that Jesus Christ will help me.” heart 48
Why am I such a weenie? heart 59
“No, No, No!” heart 50
Map Wrassler heart 42
Brief visit to a truly deplorable outhouse heart 50
Don’t stay at the Red Lion Hotel in Grants, New Mexico heart 7
Our first serious navigational disagreement of the tour heart 99
“Uh, that’s dirt, actually” heart 68
"Fresh" heart 28
The Infamous Forest Road 144 heart 45
Marital harmony was restored heart 25
"Oh! So you were a little bit creepy, eh?" heart 34
“Some MAN pounded his tent stakes into the ground so hard he couldn’t get them out!” heart 32
“That chipmunk wants our Cheez-Its!” heart 40
“Brazos Ridge made me cry." heart 35


My Colorado mood heart 26
The highest elevation, but my lowest point heart 18
New chains purchased, grudgingly heart 5
It wasn't a rattlesnake after all heart 27
Butts of iron heart 10
Joy maintains a steady smirk heart 8
My belief that chiropractic is quackery is confirmed heart 11
“Are you a mountain man again, Mr. Grizzly?” heart 24
"You really do look terrible." heart 18
We're grownups, and we can do what we want. heart 6
Reboot heart 7
This is the way bike touring should be! heart 9


A heavy jar of Nutella is, of course, an essential item on a long bicycle tour. heart 5
“YOU INSPIRE ME!” heart 8


“If you see a bicycle on THIS road, you just have to stop” heart 14
"IT’S STATE LAW!!” heart 9

South Dakota

Vicious Mosquitoes heart 7
“My gummy bears are produced with genetic engineering!” heart 9
An unfortunately brief nap heart 6
I’ve really been missing my nice teakettle heart 10
“Oh no, they’re going to take all the burritos away!” heart 8
"Six F*CKING peaches!" heart 6
“If I had to ride that thing, the seat would be so far up my booty that I couldn’t find it.” heart 4

North Dakota

"For funsies" heart 5
I have become the kind of cranky, picky old man who actually travels with his own supply of oatmeal. heart 9


Joy inadvertently rides in a funeral procession heart 7
“Think of it as exfoliating.” heart 12
“These stains tell a story!” heart 9
Joy ponders the inscrutability of men in general, and me in particular heart 5
“Can you do 30 more miles, Mr. Grizzly?” heart 12
Man Flu heart 9
“You should warn a person about that!” heart 12