hi It finially rained lastnight it was a little help for the fires out here that are out of controll we could have used more rain, and will probeley get more today, I am stayin an extra day here for no good reason other than i believe when out touring i shouldnt be in a hurry! besides the rain will be long gone by tomorrow, when on the road and rain comes you have no choice but to get wet today i had a choice.
yesterday i walked over to the adventure cycling hq. a few of the people i met on the road have tiold me not to waste my time as they were dissapointed, i dont know what they were expecting, but i had a very nice visit. I didnt expect anything since i know this is a business for them and they were all at their job. so i just walked in and nosed arround a bit. the reciptionist asked if she could help me? i told her i am out touring and wanted to see what the place looked like. she showed me to a room with a lot of pictures from the early days to present some good stuff to read, free bottled water, soda ice cream. then she asked if i wanted to use a computer for a while i did but it was a mac, and i dont really get along wioth macs. then i read the lastes issue of their magazine it has a really good artical on heart training by Ed. Burk and aniother by someone else on muscle cramping.
befor i left they took my picture and hung it up on the wall. all in all i had a good visit with them.
my olan tomorrow is to head out on hy 200 and go till i hit hy 83 anf hang a left turn aND go up to salmon lake to camp it is about 7 miles off the route but it looks interesting to me. then back to hy 200 and through the flathead national forest into the high country good thing i got that 50' piece of parachute chord to tie up the food thisd is grizzly country and id hate to become a snack for one of them the pass over the rockys on this road is not as high as logan pass but they wont let me into glacier park due to the fire. I wanted to go to Polson to visit an old buddy a flathead indian id met years ago in northern wisconsin on a construction job. It will probeley be a while till i find a computer after i leave here kelli has some info i sent her and will post it as she finds the time i think i heard her grumbling about sending me to penmanship classes when i get home
some of these posts are a little out of order because i didnt post for a while and once i get caught up then it will be back to some sort of proper order.
ok 60 miles one day from halfway to cambridge the day started early with mostly easy down hill grade. the first 14 miles rolled by quite fast i spotted a country store and figured to stop and get some fresh fruit for the trip through hells canyon the lady at the store was upset that she had to get up off the couch and ring me up she was watching her soap opra. I bought an ornge and a peach and a banana.
It was allready getting hot but the scenery through the canyon was beautifull following the snake river past oxbow damn and resavore it was hot and not much shade but being on the canyon floor it was fairly flat i had extra water but was into the second bottle allready. I pulled in by a guy with a rv and jeep he had 2 weoman cleaning fish i excused myself and asked if they had any extra water. the guys name was jim. a retired airforce sp he filled my bottles and we talked about different bases we had been at since we were both A F a sherrif pulled in to remind me about the dreaded puncture vine in idaho i had completleyt forgot about this nasty stuff its like jumping cactus in airazona if you get near it then you got like 50 or so barbs in each tire. I got tangled up in it 3 years ago in boise ..
off i went past the nxt damn then started to climb slightly I passed a coup;e of rest areas that had water so i filled my bottles the map said the climb was 7 miles but it is more like 13 i was working my way out of here and watching the mile post signs go by. i needed to get to number 13 to make the summet. the last 6 or so miles got steep , 3 miles to go i spotted a pear tree and a appricot tree both with ripe fruit i stoped and ate as much as i could then continued. the climb got harded then there was a switch back i knew there was one mile left qa truck went arround the corner into the switch back and i heard that familiar sound as he downshifted, meaning it was about to gwet real steep. As i turned the corner i gave it all i could i started talking to the road grunting and moaning then a guy slowed and hollered You almost there that gave me what i needed to make the top i was almost dancing on the pedals now at the top it was 18 miles all downhill fast into cambridge and camp for the night
I'm glad you are back in touch with all of us. I missed being able to keep up with your travels for the last week. If only I could have been there to eat those fresh pears off of the tree with you. Have you encountered any more rain? It has been raining for the last two weeks here in Houston, TX. Some days it is off and on and other days it is total downpour. Twice I have been out on a ride and have gotten caught in a deluge. All the rain has made the critters hit the road and unfortunatly get hit by cars. Yesterday I saw more smooshed snakes and frogs then I have ever seen before. That is not including the turtles, armadillos, racoons, rabbits, and oppossums. On one part of the road there was the biggest rattlesnake I have seen in a long time (dead, or I would not have ridden so close to see this!) and close by was some fast food trash and french fries. I joked with my ridding buddy,"Sir, would you like to super size that snake with your fries?" After he got a chuckle out of that, I added,"Excuse me, did you say shake or snake?" I almost made him fall off of his bike. I hope that you get a kick out of that. I can't wait to read your next installment. Have a great day!
Thanks for the reply post Elizabeth: I really needed to hear something form someone today when i stoped at the local libarary. These days are getting tuff now I haave so many miles behind me but have so many more to go. There are few if any outher bike tourists left on the road as it is getting late and cold. yesterday was especially bruttal out there and i was hopeiong and praying that some one would post something you have no idea how much it means and how much insperation to keep going it brings during these tuff times thanks again
I'm glad that I could brighten your day. I'm sure that by now you have heard the news about New York and Washington D.C. It has really shaken the country. I almost envy you just being out in the middle of no where on a bike. If you have not heard the news, just ask around. It is too much to type up. I am thankful that I have the freedom to ride a bike. I am thankful that I have the freedom to be a personal trainer and lead Spinning workouts. I am thankful that I can go to Church and worship. I am thankful that there are people in this country who are willing to put their life on the line for me. There are so many other things that I am thankful for which are things I often take for granted. Stay safe out there and keep your chin up, my classes are cheering for you. They did a ten minute climb in a Strength class for you yesterday. I told them about your ride out of the canyon and that spured them on.