|Dave Litzen, me, Rob Sorge and Shaun Arritola at Picnic Spring Campground near the North Dakota border.|
Yep, this is how we prepare for the Black Hills BackBone. (photo by Corinne Sorge)
|Shaun sweeping away the cobwebs at the Gold Dust. (photo by Les Heiserman)|
Rob's wife Corinne volunteers as shuttle driver and support crew, but she's so much more than that. She becomes the Team Mom, taking care of everyone and all the details of making this work. Always positive and encouraging, Corinne is a tremendous add to the team.
Dave's wife Lori also joins as shuttle driver and support crew. She's not so keen on our plan to camp Friday night near the North Dakota border, so she'll meet everyone in Spearfish on Saturday night. We're just glad to have her spunk and irreverence along. This party is getting ready to roll.
|Dave cruising at the Black Hills Gravel Series finale out of Spearfish.|
He's as fast as his bike. (photo by Lucas Haan)
We share a quiet evening around a campfire, talking of all things related to the ride ahead and talking of nothing at all. Rob zeroes in on tomorrow's ride, refusing to allow any thought of riding anything other than the roads ahead on the exposed northern prairie gravel toward the Black Hills. That's not a bad approach. It brings a degree of clarity to our mental preparation.
The weather looks favorable, the roads fast, the bikes ready, the clothes laid out, the maps and cue sheets handy, the food parceled out. Even breakfast and coffee are ready to go.
Our path lies before us. We await the dawn.
|Super Support Corinne firing up the stove, while Dave and I hover hoping for coffee.|
Even if the stove isn't primed, we are. (photo by Rob Sorge)