Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Tue June 29
The day started beautiful with a rainbow above the school.
The first miles were incredible with scenery, a ride along a river, cool temps, and good roads.
We had a steep 7-10 mile climb to the top of the continental divide - we went up separate as Chris is stronger than me. then there was a great 10 mile downhill. Wow!
We had a hasty lunch as we realized we linger too long (45-60 min) and get stiff. Then it is hard to ride after lunch. This time we had PB&J, filled our pockets and were out in 20. We had warnings for severe weather late afternoon so we wanted to get to Townsend, MT early.
The wind picked up - incredibly - gusts of 20-30 mph in our faces. The last 30 miles seemed to take forever with the strong wind. Our Montana friend Bonnie had warned us - she was correct! While we were frustrated with the tough wind, we persevered and cheered at the "Welcome to Townsend" signs. Finally we made it. Tonight we sleep in the school as the weather still looks rough outside. Actually, I am in the town library as I write this 2 hours after arriving and Chris is already asleep!