Dave Blumenthal

I didn’t know Dave Blumenthal, but I feel like he shared my sense of adventure. Last week, when I first saw a headline about a Vermonter who was killed in the Tour Divide, an epic mountain bike race that goes from Banff, Alberta to Antelope Wells, New Mexico, I didn’t draw a connection. This tribute covers the basic facts.

It wasn’t until I went to the Green Mountain Club website after my most recent post about our 2005 Long Trail hike, that I realized that Dave was a GMC board member, true adventurer, and a kindred spirit. He was also a LT End-to-Ender and a young father. He was also 37. How tragic. I ride my bicycle nearly every day and have had my share of close calls with motor vehicles. Like Dave, I also write extensively about my adventures. Though I just glanced at his blog for the first time, I hope it stays up so that I can read on. It is eery that he also has “adventure” in the title of his blog. Dave, ride on!

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