8:00am EDT: Ride begins!
11:45am: Kate has let us know that even though Scott’s spot tracker has not moved on the map, he did start riding with the group this morning.
1:14pm: Scott has checked in, saying “Hey this is a check in to tell you I’m a-okay! All is well and I’m alive and intact!” His location is also now showing on the map (below). It looks like he was about 30 miles in as of 12:48pm.
Kate says “I just spoke to Scott – there is definitely a technical issue with his spot tracker. He is actually not at the start line still lol. It may be a battery issue but he is still able to checkin with me manually on the Spot. He is in Dillard at the 441 intersection. He has been riding with a guy named Chris Loy so if you click on him you can see where they’ve gone so far. He has done 4,200 feet of climbing, had to walk one hill but said it is overall “very pleasant” and he has seen some “epic views.” He sounded great. They have another 70 miles to go before they reach Helen and he is going to try to make it by tonight if he can.”
10:37pm: Scott’s first call-in has been posted:[FMP width="400" height="25"]http://mtbcast.com/podcasts/2012/TNGA12/MTBCast_TNGA1220120826_1345939906_69.mp3[/FMP]
12:06am: I heard from Kate that Scott has made it to Helen and is getting some sleep!
8:18am: Scott posted this update to facebook last night:
Hi guys. So my spot tracker has been out
Batteries tomorrow! Going to have to back track one section because I skipped it and powered into Helen. Will be hell but want to do the right thing.
Epic ride. Epic climbs. Epic downhills. Epic bats that fly in ur face while riding at night!
Here’s a pic of me rejuvenating my legs in super cold mountain water
9:27am: Scott has posted an “I’m okay” message from his Spot in Helen.
10:17am: Call-in time![FMP width="400" height="25"]http://mtbcast.com/podcasts/2012/TNGA12/MTBCast_TNGA1220120826_1345981307_54.mp3[/FMP] 2:45pm: Facebook update:
No lithium batteries exist in north ga so no spot Til I get to my suv at mulberry (150+ miles away). Climbed hog’s pen. Nasty.
About to climb wolfs pen. Nasty!!!
I have heard I’m 1-2 hours behind the pack.
Trying to keep good spirits. Keep coming up with Stacey Davis jokes and laugh myself silly.
5:26pm: Kate says that Scott is in Suches, GA, and is going to try to make it to Mulberry Gap by 1 tomorrow, with just a short bivvy time in between if needed. He’ll be able to grab batteries there. His location on the map and BlueDot is correct as of about 30 minutes ago.
1:08am: Scott’s sent an “I’m okay” message from his Spot from TNGA route mile 178.
9:38am: Kate says:
Just spoke to Scott (6am CST) and he made it to Mulberry Gap! He should be able to get his tracker working now. He is stuffing his face, getting some fluids and about to get a shower and some rest. He made the last 3 hours with one cleat (one fell off) and a pinched water bottle hose on his camelback so he couldn’t suck any water but he just forced himself to power through – he sounded tired but still incredibly strong and in good spirts. Go Scott! http://www.findmespot.com/mylocation/?id=9Mob3%2F34.86737N%2F84.42191W
And Scott posted on facebook, saying:
What’s this mess about me having bad luck? I only lost a cleat on my shoe, sliced my hose on my bladder and ran in between a single mom alcoholic’s bear cub – okay she wasn’t an alchy and she was not very approving when I called her one.
176 miles in one day. 24. No sleep. Time to recover and sleep for the last 110!
Legs are super spent. Goal is to get to snake gap late and ride it in the morn, finish tomorrow. Right now I’m trying to keep eggs down
9:43am: And yet another facebook post; this time a photo!
10:09am: Here’s a photo of Scott from Mulberry Gap this morning:
10:54am: And another photo from Mulberry Gap this morning:
2:00pm: Kate says:
Scott just checked in and said he is about to get going again. His SPOT tracker is now working (yay!) and he has 15-20 hours to go.
4:31pm: And a couple hours ago, the Mulberry Gap folks let us know that:
Scott left out of here about 10 minutes ago. Hopefully will track now! Left in good spirits and hoping to get food one more time and then push it til the end.
And now that his Spot tracker’s working, we can finally follow along!
8:36am: Last night, Scott posted this photo:
And this morning, Kate let us know:
Looks like Scott powered through some pretty gnarly single track last night (Snake Gap) and is moving along this morning. Looks like he may have gotten 2-3 hours of sleep. He has gone 275 miles, so about 75 more to go …
3:40pm: The Mulberry Gap folks are reporting:
We will be picking up Scott Thigpen, Scott McConnell and David Sellers later this afternoon. They are battling rain as well as exhaustion so hoping for their safe arrival at the finish line!
8:09pm: Looks like Scott posted an “I’m okay” from the end of the TNGA route at 07:38:18 PM! Way to go, Scott! Great job!
9:53pm: More TNGA finish facebook pics: