APRIL 18, 2015
Day 43 – Dauphin Island, AL. Rest Day 7
I woke up to the pitter patter of rainfall on my tent this morning. Luckily it is a rest day and I don’t have to ride today. The time off also gives me the opportunity to share a little bit about the support staff that help so much to make us successful in our adventure. Without them the journey would be much more difficult.
There is the Wolfpack, a group of young men that put up and take down our tent city and other support facilities at each overnight location come rain or shine. For example, when I arrived here, all I had to do was find my tent. Inside my tent my bags and inflated air mattress were already there waiting for me.
There is also a SAG support staff that are stationed 20 to 30 miles apart along the route that check to ensure each rider arrives when expected. If a ride doesn’t show up, someone on the SAG team goes out looking for them. In remote areas the SAG also supplies drinks, snacks, and a chair to sit in. The support staff even does our laundry for us about twice a week.
Having toured self supported I can say without a doubt that the jobs that the support staff do for us would be exhausting if we have to do them ourselves before and after each ride. Especially on long rides.