RETIRED? WALK THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE
Trip Start Jul 12, 2009
255Trip End Aug 18, 2010
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In the morning Ian and I left the sleeping children with Grandma and Grandpa as we had to drive to Jackson, Idaho to collect our correct RV the next morning. Armed with some great American country music (yep it is the amazing how converted you can become when drviving through this country and how it suits the terrain– we draw the line at John Denver though) we hit the road and followed the Clark Fork River to just outside Missoula.
It was a long drive and we stopped at Dillion, Montana for a spot of lunch at the Longhorn Saloon. We started speaking to a man who had just finished his lunch and was loading up his rucksack. Virginia asked him where he was walking too and he said he was walking the Continental Divide Trail. He started in April of this year and anticipates finishing in September on the Canadian/Montana border. He was a very fit 70 year old who after retiring a few year's ago (and, he said, could not run to the bottom of his drive), decided that he needed a few projects as his wife was still working. After running a few marathons, a few triathlons he planned his walk from Mexico to Canada, carrying his tent and anything he needs and walks 18-20 miles a day. He had lost 35lbs since he left which was a contrast to the fat bloaters he was sitting next to in the Saloon. What a man. He would like to cycle it next time – any oldies care to join him?
We arrived at Jackson early evening and what a great place it is. Some amazing and very expensive art galleries, great western shops and an old stage coach giving rides around the town. We really liked the feel here and after looking at a few art galleries went off for some margaritas and Mexican.