Leaving Montana

Day 18 Miles: 90 Mileage from start: 1,547 It was another sunny day in Montana. We rode off from our hotel in Circle into a slight headwind.  It wasn’t a huge deal at first, but wore on us by midday.  We stopped in Glendive to eat and ended up staying there for a couple of […]

Working hard or hardly working

Day 17 Miles: 108 Mileage from start: 1,457 After the storm passed last night, the winds went back to their regularly prevailing direction — out of the west. We slept in until 8:30, made coffee, slowly got our things together and left around 10:30 a.m. But no matter. With the wind at our back we […]

Storm chased

Day 16 Miles: 89 Mileage from start: 1,349 Breakfast at Sandy’s Stagecoach Inn and B&B was egg and veggie bake, waffles and venison sausages. The conversation and accommodations were great.  We could tell before we started that today was going to be harder than the last couple of days. The wind had changed overnight and […]

Life on Route 2

Day 15 Miles: 109 Mileage from start: 1,258 We joined U.S. Route 2 in Cut Bank and have been following it for the last couple hundred miles.  It is mainly chip and seal pavement of various ages and roughness. It doesn’t make for the worst riding ever (that’s large pieces of gravel) but it does […]

Getting warmer

Day 14 Miles: 96 Miles from start: 1,149 This Montana wind is no joke. After a lovely sunset, I spent the night trying to sleep through the sound of the tent getting bashed by the wind.  In the morning, still with a chill in the air, I left the loud wind outside and spent some […]

Of tailwinds and sidewinds

Day 13 Miles: 109 Miles from start: 1,053 We left Waterton Village under clear skies and with that wicked wind to our backs.  It didn’t stay at our backs all day, however. Much of the day was spent at a tilt to the south to accommodate for the strong wind.  In front of me, Richard […]

Went to the sun

Day 10 Miles: 115 Mileage from start: 889 Today was the longest miles combined with the hardest hill so far.  We got started at a reasonable time for us: 8:30 a.m. It was still chilly and we delayered as the sun warmed us. After some fairly straight forward riding through horse pastures and over gravely […]

Where’d my energy go?

Day 9 Miles: 89 Mileage from start: 774 Last night, from inside our tent, we could see the sky glow orange. We poked our heads out to catch the last of a lovely sunset.  In the morning we had another late start. We stopped for food at the grocery store in town and I got […]

Unto the third state

Day 8 Miles: 98 Mileage: 685 Oops! We slept through the alarm and woke at 9 a.m. It’s those comfy hotel beds plus darkened sleep curtains plus being constantly exhausted. Oh, well.  We got ourselves to breakfast — which was delicious eggs and vegetables — and packed up ready to leave around 11 a.m. Not […]