BOBBY AND THANE TACKLE THE TRANSAM Day 58 West Yellowstone to Ennis

Day Fifty Eight Thane’s Blog: talking to tom

Thursday June 27, 2013, 72 miles (116 km) – Total so far: 3,055 miles (4,916 km)

I must admit. Today’s 72 mile ride into the town of Ennis was one of the most beautiful days yet. It had a little to do with the fact that the wind stayed in bed most of the day and when she did come out to play she was dancing behind us. For the majority of the day was spent cycling along the Madison River. This area of the country is truly the fly fishing mecca. Hundreds of fishermen and women were in the river today. Each on chasing after a prize that few of us will ever find.

For many of them it may be the sound of the river flowing past their waders. For many of them it may be the art of presenting their favorite fly to a fish in such a way that it prompts a strike. For many of them I suspect it is simply their escape from the real world.

I thought as Boo and I cycled past them that we all have our vices. Our escape. Our rivers flowing gently past us this day. I could not help but smile. The river made my soul soar truly. The fishermen and women I chatted with made my soul soar. The sunshine made my soul soar. The fact that I was on a bicycle amongst all this beauty nearly overwhelmed me today. I have been carrying around a photograph of a friend of mine since this journey began. His name is Tom. Tom and I often chatted about cycling together but the aggressive form of cancer that had invaded his body simply would not allow him enough time to fulfill that dream. Today I saw a beautiful mountain peak with a little patch of snow on its top. It was then that I pulled out the photograph of Tom that sits in my front handlebar bag. I made a little video with my I-phone and my friend and I had a little cry together. It was the good cry really. And the tears that fell down my cheek were tears of love and gratefulness. Today I dedicate this ride to you Tommy. And the beautiful family you left behind. I love you man. Thanks for looking down from that snowcapped peak and smiling that awesome smile on us all once again.

Montana waking up

Montana waking up

dancing together

dancing together

no photoshop required

no photoshop required

the big one that got away

the big one that got away

Day Fifty Eight Bobby’s Blog

Thursday June 27, 2013, 72 miles (116 km) – Total so far: 3,055 miles (4,916 km)

Rolled out right at 5:30am. Cold as usual for this elevation we are still around 8,000 feet. Headed north toward Ennis and our breakfast which we hoped would be about 23 miles down the road.

Right at 23 miles I spotted a gentleman and his dogs walking and asked if there was any place we could get breakfast and his eyes lit up and pointed about 50 yards in the driveway and said the best breakfast you’ll ever eat is right over there.

Right over there was the Campfire Lodge and Resort where the Guru’s of fly fishing all gather. The Madison River was just outside the window where a couple of seasoned vets were wetting a line. We saw them hook three or four but they managed to spit the hook. We later found this stretch to be catch and release with barbless hooks.

We got the grand tour of the fly shop and were even treated to a fly tying lesson. What a craftsman he turned out to be. It also turned out that if not the best breakfast I’ve ever had it was certainly the best one I’ve had on this tour.

Boysenberry pancakes,bacon,and over easy eggs. Wow. they said I couldn’t eat all that but I’d been there before with this task and promptly put her away. We had great conversation with everyone in the restaurant and spent way too much time in there but when we walked out it had warmed up and we stripped off the cold weather gear and began to experience a sweet tail wind and down hill almost all the way to Ennis.

Sun just coming up.

Sun just coming up.

Thane slicing into the cold morning air.

Thane slicing into the cold morning air.

If you're a TransAmmer and are hungry don't miss this stop.

If you’re a TransAmmer and are hungry don’t miss this stop.