Once again the air was cool and crisp at the ride start and not a cloud in the sky. Getting out of town was very easy and we were staring at the river right off of the bat. The sun glistening in the river was beautiful. After several days of the same terrain, you can let your mind wander. I did not want to think too much, so I turned on the i-pod and listened to some good music. Eventually, we started this long 1-2% slog for about 10 or 11 miles. It occasionally had a downhill turn, but would then head back uphill. I was on a time crunch getting into lunch on time, and I did not think I would ever get off the slog. Just then, I rounded a corner and got a huge surprise! Real mountains again! The mountains we had been following for the last couple days have rounded and are much hillier than the defined mountains of the rockies. It was breathtaking! To see the snow capped mountains appear out of nowhere was like watching the first burst of light in a fireworks show!
Sun glistening off of the Clark Fork river
Hilly mountains - rollling hills are always fun to ride, even when they are trending uphill
Linkin Log house - there are a lot of these out here. They made me think of my brother, Chris. I loved playing with linkin logs. When we were little we used to try and launch the smaller logs into the light fixture with the green roof pieces.
Once again, the picture does not do the landscape justice. You can see the snow capped Mountain - I think it is Mt Higgins, in the back ground. You can also see just a sliver of Clark Fork river.
Tomorrow we cross the continental divide 1200 ft in less than 10 miles. Cross your fingers, I can get over it.