Tour Divide presentation

Tonight I gave a presentation for our local bike club, Missoulians on Bicycles, at their annual holiday party. My photo presentation highlighted my experiences in the 2009 Tour Divide. I rarely deal in public speaking, so I stumbled through the introduction but loosened up after that.

There was a really good turnout, which was surprising. I was told to take about an hour and ended up blabbing on and telling stories about the photos in my slideshow for nearly two, but no one left and a lot of people complimented me afterward. I had a lot of fun. My Tour Divide presentation and I are available for bicycle club meetings, corporate retreats, motivational conferences and other events as long as travel expenses are covered. :)

I brought a section of the book I am working on but didn't even have a chance to read it. As for that long-standing book project, an independent editor is currently reading through it in order to give me feedback about it. I want to go forward with publishing but not yet sure how I want to go about it. I don't have a lot of time to devote to publishing a book. I'd really just like to jump straight to the book tour part where I could travel around and give slideshow presentations. I should probably cull down the blabbing first. But it's hard to condense a lifetime-in-24-days' worth of experiences into a single hour.


  1. Maybe you could work your presentation into sort of a motivational talk for high school age kids and tour the country getting them to get away from the computer and explore the outdoors!

    Watkins Glen, NY

  2. Good job last night Jill and I forgot to tell you that your photography was absolutely beautiful as well. Thanks for giving the talk.

  3. Sounds like a fun and successful event. A nice way to share and motivate. I love Logan's idea of giving your talk at schools.

  4. Jill, Thank you so much for presenting last night. You did a great job! Makes me want to read that book when it comes out.

  5. Anonymous2:40 PM

    Wow Look at all the old dudes in that me.

  6. Sounds like a cool event. If you're ever in the Seattle area again - would bet the flagship REI store would host your presentation.

  7. What a lucky person. You are doing something you truly love and get to share it. Good for you!

  8. I thought of you when I read this. Some of your trails might be in trouble:

  9. I'm glad I found your blog! Keep up the great work!

    Common Cents

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  12. Sounds like that went very well. Good job.


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