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By Micah Drew

Gary Johnson Tackles Tour Divide

It's Beautiful and It's Brutal


Micah Drew, Pathfinder

Gary Johnson packs up his bike before leaving Seeley Lake. Johnson carries 40 pounds of gear with him on the self-supported race.

SEELEY LAKE, MONT. - Thursday evening, June 15 Gary Johnson slowly walked across Highway 83 in Seeley Lake, carrying his wrapped up leftovers from dinner at the Filling Station and shivering. He looked his 64 years of age.

Johnson shuffled up to the window of the Ice Cream Place and ordered a large chocolate milk shake.

"I'm doing the Tour Divide Ride," he told the girl at the window. "I need all the sugar."

Typically Johnson doesn't eat sugar in his diet-he also hasn't had a drop of alcohol in 30 years-but this is a special occasion.

Johnson was 522 miles into the 2,745-mile Tour Divide...

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