Up and into the Rocky Mountains.
We left the University of Montana and our dorm rooms, started the day out on a bike trail which led to SR 200 where we headed east out of the city of Missoula and up into the Rocky Mountain ranges. As we traveled up and into the mountains, there were vast pastures and grass fields. The Montana Cattlemen keep their cows happy with green grass and lush pastures to graze. We continued eastward on US route 12 towards Helena where we looked for the Avon Cafe. The local ladies were gracious to our Big Ride participants, they served us a wild caught salmon dinner, with home made mashed potatoes and several types of pie for dessert. It was a wonderful home-style dinner that was much appreciated by all in attendance.
The rain started early evening, with more rain and lightning forecast for the next two days. The night is all about preparing for a big climb through McDonalds Pass the next day. The group is all happy about the great cycling experience each day has to offer. I am very happy to be alive, feeling strong, and taking in the sights of America – on this Big Ride.
Camp for the night was at a pleasant indoor campground where we bunked in little cottages for the night.