BOBBY AND THANE TACKLE THE TRANSAM Day 61 Wisdom to Hamilton

Day Sixty One Thane’s Blog: I’m in the fog

Sunday June 30, 2013, 72 miles (116 km) – Total so far: 3,266 miles (5,256 km)

We left the mosquito infested village of Wisdom around 5:30 this morning and headed north. About 12 miles into the day the fog had become so thick that condensation was dripping off my helmet and my glasses were glazed over like a dude who has had 8 beers too many. We did happen upon an awesome herd of Elk as we made our way through the bitter root valley. It seems as if the small opening and surrounding woods were absolutely alive with these beautiful animals. What a joy to the senses. Heavy fog, crisp smelling air, birds singing and a huge herd of Elk. All of this before 7:30 am.

The climb up Chief Joseph Pass was probably only a couple miles but it was rewarded with an incredible descent that reminded me of the descent off Hoosier Pass in Colorado. Miles and miles of twisting and turning road. A very technical descent that would not allow me to “let Boo fly”. Unlike yesterday’s descent of Badger Pass which topped out at a speed of 43 mph, todays run down the mountain was much, much slower but an incredible ride for sure.

We have now entered the area known as the Bitter Root valley and mountain range. I spent most of the afternoon with my head tilted to the left. The views of the mountain range were breath taking. Every mountain range we have crossed seems to have its own personality. This one seems to be saying “Hey, look at me. I may be smaller than the others you have seen but I am still awesome!”

Tomorrow we head towards the town of Missoula. It is the headquarters for Adventure Cycling. They are the folks that compile the various maps that we are using on this trip. They always entice cyclist to stop by with free ice cream. Booyyyaaahhh. I envision ice cream for lunch again tomorrow.

Montana morning

Montana morning

heading into the fog

heading into the fog

Ruffy! don't feed the bear

Ruffy! don’t feed the bear

the beauty of the bitter root mountains

the beauty of the bitter root mountains

Day Sixty One Bobby’s Blog

Sunday June 30, 2013, 72 miles (116 km) – Total so far: 3,266 miles (5,256 km)

We did not know it but we were pedaling into the realm of mosquitos in Wisdom. We tried to get a room at the Nez Perce motel but the place was booked with Montana State Patrol troopers there because the Rainbow Coalition was having their big pow wow in the Big Hole Valley.We were then forced to the American Legion Park on the edge of town next to the river. There was a small screened in building there in which we are convinced is what saved our blood from those pests. We set up our tents inside as there were rather large openings in the screen and we feared for our lives.

When I went into the store to get bug spray the sign on the rack said Big Hole Cologne. Thought that was pretty funny.

Anyway we had a pretty nice but cool ride for the morning mostly flat and no wind hence the early starts. Saw quite a few elk and some mule deer on the flats.

Just as the sun began to really shine we hit Chief Joseph Pass and started to strip off the gear. She was long and sometimes kicked up to 8 or 9 % but I think we are super climbers now and barely breathing hard when we summit.

What was waiting for us on the other side was what I think the most beautiful downhill of the hole trip. (of course we have a ways to go yet) It took us right to where we wanted to go BREAKFAST. Two big flapjacks,two eggs,bacon,and coffee for $6.95. What a deal.

After stuffing our selves we enjoyed a flat to downhill with a slight tail wind into Hamilton and our warmshowers hosts Terry and Carl.. Beautiful people and a wonderful place to relax.