. 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.
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