After our normal huge breakfast we hit the road around 08:30. Leaving Boulder we turned onto a nice gravel road alongside a beautiful river. And that was what we rode pretty much all the way to Continental Divide crossing #5. We had a 30 mile climb up various beautiful drainages and really enjoyed the ride. … Continue reading Day 19: A beautiful long climb and descent into Butte, MT
We had a relaxing morning as the bike shop didn’t open until 10:00. So, we had a huge breakfast, had an extra cup of coffee and then picked up our bikes. I can’t say enough good things about Great Divide Cyclery in Helena, MT. They are friendly, efficient and very competent, fixing all of our … Continue reading Day 18: Detours and headwinds enroute to Boulder, MT
We hit the road around 08:15 after a dehydrated oatmeal breakfast, of which we are becoming quite tired… We started climbing almost immediately- on a very rough road- and climbed without interruption for the next three hours or so until we crested Continental Divide crossing #3! We then had lots of ups and downs, into … Continue reading Day 17: Two Continental Divide crossings then limped into a bike shop in Helena, MT
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 … Continue reading Day 16: A very hard ~1/2 mile climb (Cont. Divide crossing #2) and a soft landing at the Llama farm!
After a really good nights sleep (10 hours) we had a big breakfast- because we always have big breakfasts- and then headed out on our bikes for a little fishing on the Blackfoot River. A very short and nice lady, called Little Fish (really!) at our hotel drew us a map of a place not … Continue reading Day 15: Rest day in Lincoln, MT
After a great nights sleep in the tipi and a big breakfast at the Stray Bullet, we hit the road at 08:40. It was around 50 degrees and cloudy when we started riding- perfect conditions for our 2,000′ climb over Huckleberry Pass. Shortly after we started a red fox ran across our road and we … Continue reading Day 14: Over Huckleberry Pass and into Lincoln, MT
We had a great mights sleep in our hotel (> 9 hours) and then a good breakfast at the chicken coop. We hit the road around 08:30 and had a beautiful ride up a small two-humped (bactrian?) mountain. The weather was partly cloudy and at least 10 degrees cooler than it has been. I think … Continue reading Day 13: Ovando, MT!
We were on the road this morning just a tad after 08:00 after a long, restful night sleep in our rustic little cabin. After a few miles of pavement, we turned off and headed east into the mountains. It was a beautiful, cool morning and the gravel road winded and rose gently but consistently up … Continue reading Day 12: a beautiful ride up Huckleberry Mountain
When we rode into the tourist town of Big Fork, MT last night, Johnny D rode right past art galleries and candle shops without stopping or even batting an eye. I really admire him for that. We met a dutch couple in camp last night that we have seen off and on since we left … Continue reading Day 11- a very hot ride to Swan Valley, MT
We headed out around 08:20 after huckleberry pancakes at a local cafe. It was a beautiful cool morning and we made great time riding on undulating paved and gravel roads. We also saw a number of deer including a very large buck. At one snack stop we noticed clouds of butterflies in the pine trees. … Continue reading Day 10- Beautiful Flathead Lake at Big Fork, MT