I have landed in Butte, Montana! I feel great, even better than I felt at the start of my tour. I feel strong and lean, well nourished and well rested. (I have been sleeping soundly 8-10 hours a night in my [now dry] tent!)
Right around when I entered Montana I started to get a clear sense of my short-term and long-term “life plans”. I have not had the clearest sense of direction the last few years, so I was really excited to finally sketch out the path forward. I scribbled a lot in my journals. Touring is an amazing way to explore this great country, meet fascinating people and reflect on life. I am so grateful to be able to do this.
I finally met a few more north-bound riders (most cyclists ride south): Candice (a 70-year-old woman, whom I chased all day to Bannack State Park! I kid you not!) and a group of three young men (Dan, Tye and Greg) who just graduated from Harvard Business school and, having never bikepacked in their lives, bought bikes and decided to tackle half of the Great Divide. Needless to say, I am inspired!
Coming into Lima:
Mountain View Motel (Lima)
, camping area (Thanks Mike & Connie!) I got to hang out with Continental Divide thru-hikers here!
Bannack, mining ghost town (and state park). Thanks to the rangers for coffee and snacks!
Wise River last night
Coming into Butte, where I am right now: