One of the final parts of my entire Tour Divide kit that I got together was my photography equipment. Like the rest of my gear, it had to fit some fairly extreme constraints: not too big, not too heavy and able to survive the trip. I settled on the Olympus PL1 PEN, which also has a dash of retro. With the 14 – 42 mm lens, it was certainly tinier than a full on dSLR, but massive compared to your usual little point a click. Yet, the photos it brought back look incredible. It also survived the trip with nary scratch, it’s only protection being a waterproof stuff sack. I’m impressed.
The following are a few low-res and hastily edited photos of some of the Tour Divide course that was rerouted, meaning for the grand départ, these are the only images of the race on then standard route. I’m contemplating what to do with the photos, but I’m leaning on the taking the time to edit the very best and have them a part of a collection of essays about my Tour Divide ride.