Riding the continental divide
By TARA POHLMEYER
Daily Record Reporter
From vacations to some much-needed time off, San Marcos residents have plenty of plans as the summer begins to wind down.
For Texas State University Music Cataloguing Librarian Sheila Torres-Blank, the last month of her summer involved a bike ride along the Continental Divide.
The Tour Divide annual bike race follows a 2,745 mile-long route through two provinces and five states. The race starts in Canada and extends all the way to New Mexico, mostly along unpaved routes.
“The first time I heard about it, it was from an adventure racing friend,” Torres-Blank said. “He told me about this crazy thing where people were leaving from Canada and trying to get to the Mexican border as fast as possible, sleeping wherever they fell. At the time, I was thinking that is just the most crazy, bad-ass thing I’ve ever heard of and I would never want to do that.”
Torres-Blank has biked since junior high, and when she saw a documentary on the race entitled, “Ride the Divide,” she thought she could do it.
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