After our usual large breakfast(when at a restaurant), picking up lunch at the grocery store (bagels, peanut butter & honey) and picking up our box of food at the PO, we hit the road around 09:30. It was an immediate climb and the upper 4.5 miles were really steep- we had to get off and push our bikes uphill several times in very steep sections. We finally hit the summit after 2,200′ – 2,300′ of climbing and started downhill… I (Buck) only had a rear brake and had to stop every 3 minutes or so and pour water on my rear brake and rotor- and water would sizzle on all components!
We were looking for the “llama farm” to spend the night. It is a legendary Great Divide cyclists stop and we were looking forward to it. We weren’t sure exactly where the llama farm was and a man starting yelling at us as we rode by the gravel road. It was Barbara Nye’s llama farm. They gave us cold beers, set us up in a big tent, we had showers and they told us dinner would be at 6:30. Johnny D and I set the table for 10 and we had pasta with meat sauce, salad, corn, two types of red wine, huckleberry muffins and ice cream with lots of toppings for dessert!
Daily totals: 24 miles and 2,300′ climbing. Correction: we earlier reported that the Whitefish Divide crossing was Continental Divide crossing #2, but it was just a high mountain pass.
This is Aaron who was so kind and helpful while we stayed at the Lincoln Hotel:
Johnny D’s cinnamon roll french toast:
This photo was in the post office:
Some scenery shots:
The easy section of the road going up:
The outhouse at the llama farm. It has led lights that change color inside the toilet…
Dinner tonight- hosts Barbara and John are hugging at the end of the table: