Abdullah is now under 600 miles from Yorktown, and is steadily maintaining his gap of roughly 400 miles ahead of his closest pursuers. When viewed on the Race Flow, you can clearly see a 1,000+ mile period where his lead never drops. Not even overnight. Potentially just two days from finishing, he could enjoy a full night’s rest and a day of sightseeing before second place even gets close to being filled.
Here’s third place rider Omar Di Felice with his view from the road just two hours ago – setting off from Farmington in Missouri into a dark wet morning.
And today’s update from Damian van Loon gets deep – pondering the decline of America’s countryside, his own ailments, and the thoughtful memorial to John Egbers in Kansas:
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Day 14 - Trans Am Bike Race Today I passed state lines into Kansas! Currently very flat and mostly straight roads. There is the constant side winds you hear so much about in the lead up to the race and they definitely grind you down over time but at least it’s nice and warm now which is something I’m quite used to coming from Australia! I’m finding the country areas housing and infrastructure to be quite run down and it does make me ponder the decline of the USA and what their government will do about it (if anything). Current ailments include, fatigue and some sheath tendinitis in my left Achilles which comes and goes, keeping an eye on it but it seems to respond well so far to rest at night and ibuprofen. It was a very sad moment to finally come across John Egbers ghost bike memorial...so beautifully done...I feel like I’m following in the wheel tracks of giants...now it’s time to pick up where he left off and get this race finished... #tabr2019 #UltraCyclingLife #BeMoreMike #Overlanders #DotWatchers #ultraendurancecycling #defyyourlimits #defylimits #cyclingadventures #snackingwithasenseofurgency #bikepacking #adventurebike #garmin1030 #ridelife #ridegiant #carryeverything @4iiiicom #poweredby4iiii #poweredtowiiiin #gcninspiration