Breathing in the cold air, I realize that I feel confident in my preparation. My gear underwent a few adjustments with the most notable being a better vapor barrier layer system. My training over the past four months has put me where I need to be. Unfortunately, I did contract a really nasty cold that started on Tuesday. I can't tell you the last time I had a cold or was sick, so the timing for this was far less than ideal. Nonetheless, coughing up a lung or two and enduring some wicked muscle aches, fever and chills for the past couple days has found me without much of a voice, but feeling MUCH better than I did on Wednesday. Drugs and cold medicines are the worst thing one can do to remedy a cold, so I went with sleep, orange juice and trust in my immune system to do what it was designed to do and kill this crap. Although I still sound like a frog when trying to form words, I have plan to execute and a race to finish.
We rolled out of town yesterday evening and drove straight through. Having three drivers was great and I slept probably twelve of the eighteen hour drive from Denver. It was a bit chilly when we rolled in:
As of a couple hours ago the Mandatory Gear Check is complete:
Wanna watch us two clowns roll big tires across northern Minnesota?
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