A bit of a hodgepodge in this post. While out on my bike a few weeks ago, I encountered a cyclist, who, by the looks of his bike and his appearance, was obviously a Great Divide Mountain Bike Race racer. His name is Charlie Kharsa, he's 49 yrs old, and he's from Davis, CA, where he and his wife work and live. She's a school teacher; he's a house painter with plans to go back to college to get a degree in criminal justice and, hopefully, a job with the State Parks system in California. Right now, he's a mountain bike racer and loves to do ultra bike racing.
I was out for a ride down Rt. 90 when I met up with Charlie. He was headed south to the border of Mexico to finish the race...his last day on the bike race. Once he made the turn on to Separ Rd, he would be closing in on the last stretch of the Great Divide Race. What made this last stretch harder for him is that he was only able to use a single gear on his bike. Forgot when that happened, but I was impressed with how he was managing the climbing with one gear and all the stuff on his bike. These riders are tough. On my way home that day, I saw two other Divide racers heading towards Separ Road.
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And??? Well, nothing more to add, so it's time to exit this post. Here's a song that I never knew that Marvin Gaye had performed, "Sunny". One of my favs way back when..