Starting Location: Dillon, MT
Ending Location: Ennis, MT
Lowest Elevation: 4626
Highest Elevation: 7050
This morning was rough. I woke up with a hangover from the night before and had the slowest morning getting ready yet. It was totally worth it though. I eventually got everything packed up, ate some breakfast, and was on my way.
Luckily I was able to enjoy some slight downhill for the first 15 miles or so as well as some great views. There were almost no clouds in the sky and I could tell that today was going to be very hot so I made sure I put on enough sun screen.
After passing through Twin Bridges, I would be climbing elevation pretty much the rest of the day (though very gradual at first). Right after passing through town, the headwinds started and I could feel it slowing me down along with the elevation even though it wasn't much. I fought these headwinds for a while and then eventually made my way to a spot off the road where I made myself some lunch.
Luckily the headwinds died down a bit after I got started again, but they would come back on and off throughout the day. The rest of the day was a struggle. The heat was getting to me and my stomach wasn't feeling to good either.
I continued to climb for the rest of the day, going through Nevada City and Virginia City which are both historical mining towns. They were pretty fun to pass through as many of the old shops and buildings are still there and some displays are up for viewing inside the old shops. There were a lot of tourists walking through the towns and I was just trying to get through so I didn't get any pictures.
After Virginia City the route got much steeper and very difficult to do with the heat. A few times I considered walking my bike, but I found that just taking short breaks every few hundred feet of elevation was good enough as long as I could find some shade!
Once I finally got to the top of the pass and started descending, it opened up to some incredible views of mountains and the rest of the day was very enjoyable as it was just an 11 mile downhill stretch to Ennis. a couple miles down the pass it opened up to an incredible view over Ennis. This view alone made all of the pain of today worth it. I also passed by a lot of wildlife on my way down, as well as the most horses that I have ever seen in my life. There must have been several hundred all wandering the plains. Of course I didn't stop to take a picture because I was going down the mountain so fast and had already stopped to take so many pictures.
When I got into Ennis I went to the fishing access site where there was camping available fairly cheap. I set up my tent in one of the sites and then headed into town to get a burger which was absolutely amazing after this days ride. After this I rode back to my campsite and went to bed after lounging around by the river then watching a few episodes of The Office.