We knew it was going to be hot again and we had some long steep climbing to do today so after a tasty breakfast burrito and filling our water bottles we were on the road by around 08:30. The first 10 miles or so were on a paved road and we did increase our max … Continue reading Day 29: Another record breaking day!
After some new oatmeal for breakfast (thank you Pat!) we got ourselves together and hit the road a tad before 09:00- very early for us. We started climbing immediately and climbed steadily for the-next 20 miles. It was warm and we had a light tailwind for the entire ascent! We started out at about 6,800′ … Continue reading Day 28: A record breaking summit!
We had a very average pancake breakfast at the hotel, then had late cafe mochas and picked up coffees for the bike mechanics at Fitzgeralds Bike Shop. The guys at Fitzgeralds took such good care of our bikes and let us store them at the store and pick them up 1 1/2 hours before the … Continue reading Day 27: A beautiful ride along the Tetons!
Late last night as we were giving the bikes a light cleaning, Johnny D discovered El Rojo had another broken spoke (2 in the last 10 days) in the rear wheel and the wheel was no longer true. With the help of some other bike guys at the hotel, we pulled the wheel, cassette, tire, … Continue reading Days 26: Record day- Lima, MT to Jackson Hole, WY- 155 miles!
Our supply package will not arrive until, hopefully, tomorrow morning. So we are resting, studying maps, making contingency plans and eating and drinking like there is no tomorrow! If the package does not show up tomorrow, we will have it forwarded to Pinedale, WY and pick up what supplies we can at the Lima grocery … Continue reading Day 25: Rest day in Lima, MT
After a fantastic nights sleep at the Hildreth Livestock Ranch and some dreary purple gruel for breakfast we headed out from the ranch. But then the Hildreth family (Donna, Chuck and their son Lane) all came out to see us off. And then Lane started showing us his rock collection… and 1/2 hour later we … Continue reading Day 24: A beautiful ride down Big Sheep Canyon into Lima, MT
When we got up this morning it was 18 degrees and there was frost on our tents and everything left outside. Even the gruel was good this morning because it was hot… We waited around because it was too cold to ride. Finally, by 09:30 it warmed up to 54 degrees so we got on … Continue reading Day 23: a cold start and hot climb to the cattle ranch
Around 11:30 at night I was awakened by a loud clap of thunder- about 30 min later it started raining. Rain is pretty loud in a tent so I read for 45 min and then went back to sleep. It was a cool 34 degrees when we got up and boy was the hot chocolate … Continue reading Day 22: A good climb but a really great descent to the Bannock ghost town
After a less than satisfying breakfast of purple gruel, we headed out around 09:00 for a day of long gentle climbing. After about an hour of riding we came to the little town of Wise River where we bought lunch supplies for the next three days, and had pie (my favorite snack) and hot chocolate- … Continue reading Day 21: A short day in lieu of a rest day
After breakfast, going to the UPS store and hitting Walmart for a few supplies, we didn’t head out of Butte until around 9:30. JD here – I experienced a first today when we were only about 5 miles from Butte, riding along a county road shoulder when I ran over a sharp object of some … Continue reading Day 20: A beautiful Divide Crossing against fierce headwinds