Day #23 Powell, ID to Missoula, MT

Trip Start Jul 17, 2013
Trip End Aug 14, 2013

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Today was a great day finally cresting Lolo Pass and entering Montana. That was something I didn't think was going to happen several times during this trip. I finally got to visit the Adventure Cycling Association Headquarters, long a dream of mine. I was chosen or I should say Betty was chosen to have a classic black and white photo taken for the office walls, and maybe the official magazine. Everyone gets a polaroid picture taken that visits the office on tour but I found out only a select few get a classic B&W. But I should be used to that with all of the attention Betty has gotten along the way! All in all it was a good day I met several other TransAm cyclist nearing the end of their journeys. Tomorrow I switch maps again and start on the Great Parks route to Glacier National Park. Only about 150 miles to go before I've reached my destination. I wonder what I'll do then? Don't tell Suzi, my wife, but I already have been thinking of trying to get a group together and finishing the SCR from Canada southward to Bend, OR next summer. Anyone interested? Shorty couldn't say enough great things about that part of his journey south when we met at Burney Falls State Park. That was only 2 weeks ago but so many things have happened since then. Well all of you out there reading this blog should think about a trip like this, whether it is a long hike, cycle tour, or other adventure, the experience of a lifetime is out there waiting for you. All you have to do is leave home to live it!
Thoughts while Pedaling:
Thought #1: Bats are wonderfully designed creatures. Yesterday for some reason a small bat took flight from the side of the road pacing me for about 15 seconds a mere 4 feet to my right at eye level. It was amazing to see how it flew with such ease. Just beautiful!
Thought #2: Why are many truck drivers such "Dicks"? I mean they they expect us to wait for them as they slowly grind their way up a hill rarely moving over for the backed up traffic. They have no bones about blocking both lanes of traffic as they try to back into a parking lot. They on the other hand won't wait a moment for me a burdened cyclist to clear a side-rail, or a blind corner as they edge me off the road. Is it they don't think a real man, rides bicycles or wear spandex in public? Maybe their just distracted with their sore potbellies from their cirrhotic livers, or their busy coughing up a smoke filled lung, or maybe it's the nagging tingling pain in their feet from their untreated diabetic neuropathy. Yah, I think I just answered my own question.

Distance: 67 miles
Ride Time: 6:25 Real Time: 8:00
Vertical Feet: 2200 ft.
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Lynn on

You've been gone over three weeks already? I am so glad to "hear" your daily adventure!

Mo on

Loving your last post. I'm glad to see our Chris is still in there :)
How many more days? Did I breeze over that part? Stay safe my friend.

Lance on

Chris, I've been enjoying your blog so much that I'm sad to see you getting so close to the finish even if you are smelling the barn. Margaret says I should ask you to slow down.
Pedal well my friend.

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