Day 9

Welcome to Montana

Posted by Conner McCormick on 2016-05-30
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Ride Date: 2016-05-29
Starting Location: Hope, ID
Ending Location: Weeksville, MT
Miles: 85
Lowest Elevation: 2083
Highest Elevation: 2595

I didn't have the greatest nights sleep so I got up pretty early this morning. A few miles down the road I filtered some water from Electric Creek to fill up my water bottles and I continued on. It was a beautiful day with a lot to look at around me. It wasn't too long before I came to a sign that said "Welcome to Montana". I didn't realize how short the panhandle of Idaho is! That kind of counts as my second state crossing, right?

Electric Creek.
A quilt shop tucked away with a nice view.
Welcome to Montana. Deer crossing for 23 miles...

I followed reserviours and rivers pretty much the entire day, and there was no shortage of incredible views. Great weather and beautiful country made for some happy riding! I didnt have my iPod or phone charged to play music, so I was relying on myself to keep motivated. I found that it was actually really nice to just enjoy listening to the nature around me. The birds are really talkative here! It also helps not being on such a busy highway.

What I got to ride next to all day.

Since the day was mostly sunny I decided to finally break out the solar charger to try to get some power in my portable battery so I could use it to charge my phone later. It was kind of tough keeping the sun on the solar panel as there were still a lot of clouds and my body would often create shade over the panels. I continued to adjust it throughout the day to try to get the sunlight on it as much as possible.

When I got to Trout Creek, I stopped at one of bars there to get food since those were the only options. The bar was full of locals and also a group of motorcyclists. It was an interesting scene to say the least. I was just happy to get a warm meal, as it really helped give me the energy I needed for the rest of the day!

Mountains to my left before Thompson Falls.

I was originally headed for Thompson Falls, but I decided to just continue on and made my way all the way out to Weeksville where I turned out onto a forest service road that took me to the national forest where I set up my camp. For the first time on this trip, I even relaxed in the hammock! I then charged my phone so that I could call my mom, and also send out a few requests on warmshowers.org, a website very similar to couchsurfing.com, but for cyclists only. George had told me about this site when I was back in Winthrop.

After making some dinner I went to bed listening to the sounds of all the wildife around me. I couldn't even hear the road - It was very pleasant!

Camp for the night.

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