Beyond Hope

Trip Start May 06, 2012
Trip End Jun 26, 2012

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Monday, May 14, 2012

I thought I would be up for the 90m ahead after my decadent double rest day. I wasn't, but maybe if I hadn't been I would have been in more trouble. 

Though the vista was unendingly beautiful and majestic as you can see from the pictuers, it was mainly uphil, into the wind and then rather hot!

I started early at about 6am, in the knowledge that the last few days it had been hot so had better get ahead of the weather. I set off and was incredibly frustrated that after nearly 15m of cycling, I had only got to the other side of the lake to Sandpoint, which was maybe only 2m across the water. The view was amazing and though it did soothe my frustrations it did take away from the splender a little! One of the most amusing parts of the day was passing the towns of Hope and East Hope which were on the opposite side of the lake to Sandpoint, more amusingly there was a restaurant about 1m out of Hope village, called Beyond Hope and it is to my massive regret that I didn't stop to snap this wondeful sign - especially as the day was going to live up to the billing.

I continued on and after 28m stopped for my breakfast a bit dismayed that I had taken nearly 2 and a half hours to get there. I had started to follow a mountain stream up hill & the wind was in my face, fortunately it would change during the day from Northerly to Westerly, perfect as I was going South and then heading East!

Recharged I set off again and struggled on up hill till I turned East. The next 20 or so miles were rolling hills gently up to a plain with a lovely lake on it, I am slightly frustrated that from this point on my focus was so great on finishing that my photography went to sleep! The respite of the lakes flatness was followed by a 15m gentle decline to to my T Jct. At this point I had been in the saddle for nearly 7 hours and still had 15 miles to go to Libby. It was 1pm back in Sandpoint but 2pm in Montana, because I had passed over the time zone. It is a strange feeling crossing a time zone on land. I am sure that many of you, as I, rarely if ever cross a time zone other than in a plane and that feels strangely normal, but crossing it on land feels entirely strange given that a house 1m back is an hour behind!

I struggled on in what I was to find out in town was near 90 degree heat and arrived shattered. The rest day was clearly a great help because though it was a long tough day in the saddle, I had good levels of energy even in the sapping heat.

Unfortunately after stopping at the first Motel and jumping in an ice water bath (from a whole bag of ice I had bought at the gas station for the purpose, I discovered that there was no air conditioning and that all the windows were painted firmly shut! aagghhh what a mistake but had already paid.... in hindsight I should have simply forgone the cash and gone on, but I didn't and the next day my neck felt incredibly stiff all day which I put down to the fact that I slept with a cold wet towel round my neck all night to keep me cool!

Having arrived near 4pm, I fell across to PizzaHut and devoured a pizza before deciding that I deserved one beer after my replenishment of about 3 litres of coke and water. Unfortunately my server sent me on a wild goose chase into the middle of town. Though I found no beer and walking in 86 degree heat (according the the Bank advertising hoarding) at 7pm wasn't the most comfortable I walked through Libby town centre to be amazed that there was nobody there - I mean nobody. I felt like I was in a trailer for a zombie movie before they appear. I walked for 20mins and though about 3 cars passed me I didn't see a single person on the streets...... perturbed I went back to my room, closed the door, locked it and propped the bike up against it as some sort of early zombie warning in case they descended on my room - but in hindsight not even a zombie would have wanted to walk into that warm, clammy bedroom at any time of the night. I would pay for my long hot day and night tomorrow........
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Kaye Rickards on

Keep going my darling x I am loving your blogs and can absolutely say that where no zombie would have ventured I most definitely would have! xxx

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