Hi all...this letter is dated from George...9/10/01. I just received it a few days ago, so mail is running way late. I spoke to George this afternoon and apologized for skipping out on his Baker City post. I was having a hell of a time finding this board... I see though that he posted about it. Sounded like a good night.
Anyway, George is doing well. I think though, he is at that point where your so close to your destination, but also pretty far ... I get the feeling that maybe he wishes he wasn't quite so far - a couple weeks yet to go and he can start sleeping in a warm bed. Gets cold out at night now...he's in ND, and here, just south of him in SD, there is a bite in the wind at times. Take care George! I'm sending my little angels out there to whisper good things in your ear and escort you home with safety!
Here is George's post about Lincoln MT.
"I'm in Lincoln Montana tonight, the home of the UniBomber. I talked to a real friendly lady this afternoon and I got the run down on him. Seems most everyone in this town of 500 either liked him or didn't really know him. As he stayed to himself.
Yesterday I had a real good tail wind and rode 50 miles and it was so easy it was like scooping scum off a swamp. I stopped riding early like 1:30pm because for some reason I was real sleepy. I set up camp, had some lunch and slept for about 4 hours. Woke up, took a walk, made some dinner then went to sleep again and slept all night. Talk about catching up on sleep!! Got up about 6am and went to the gas station for a coffie and muffin. Got into conversation with some locals. I was at Clearwater Junction. I could go North to Glacier park or continue on HY 200 and 90 south of the park. Also about the snow they got a few days ago, even with their input I still couldn't decide so I did what else? The ol' coin toss..heads I stay on Hy 200 & go to Glacier. It was heads so I took of east on 200. I had a bad head wind this morning and was thinking of the nice tail wind yesterday and wished I haden't stopped so early. I made just 50 miles yesterday. The road was rolling hills & flat. Early, there wasnt' much traffic & had a nice wide paved shoulder to ride on.
After 25 or so miles, the shoulder was gone. Traffic picked up a bit but never got bad. I stopped and had my lunch (some raisins and a bagle and water). The wind changed, now I had a tail wind again .
As I got going again, I met a guy headed west but he didn't stop. Must have been in a hurry. Later in the day, I was pulled off the road taking a break and a guy named John came by on his road bike. He works for the forest service as a fire crew boss. He lives in Licoln where I was headed. I asked him about places to camp and he gave me 2 good choices. I'm in the city park. I met a few of the people in the trailers & RV's ..all friendly. I had some beer with one couple then hung my food bag between 2 trees to keep the bears from tearing it up on me. It's a clear night and will probably get below freezing during the night. I gathered up a pile of sticks and wood so I can have a fire in the morning and thaw out.
Tomorrow I climb up and over the contenental divide. The last Mtn. pass. I'm not saying there isn't any more climbing, but it's the last mtn. pass. Then I'll leave the Rocky's behind. Its about 60 miles I want to go tomorrow including the climb. I am just 11 miles from the summet and all ready pretty high up so I figure maybe 2,000 left to climb. Then down hill for a bit
Hope everyone is doing good and has figured out this new web site and has chance to leave me and others a post. The thing that keeps me going is knowing when I find a computer, there are some kind of words waiting from familiar people & new friends also. You know? We were talking about touring the other day & I recall saying "pick a destination, any place, and do your damndest to get there. But what it is really about is what happens to you along the way."
Hey Catfish(Bro), Glad you got some sleep, you probably needed it, physically & emotionally with all this crazy stuff going on in our country. Please try to get enough rest to continue your journey safe and strong. I worry about you being out there within the element. Dad will be in Jacksonville on Tuesday, his birthday, he'll be here till Thursday, and then he is leaving for Milwaukee. Maybe you'll be back in time to see him. Don't know how long he plans on staying there. Be Safe, Be Strong, Lovingly, your sister, Bette XXOOO