Here’s a video of us biking up to Koocanusa Lake. The dam was even bigger than it seems on the clip. While we were biking we saw both a golden eagle and a bald eagle.
This is going to be a sort of combo blog for day 9 (the 20th) and day 10 (the 21rst), mostly because it’s turning out to be a lot harder to keep up with a daily blog than any of us thought, especially when everyone’s so tired. Thanks for following our trip, we’re updating as much as we can with the limited wifi!
Before I talk about the previous two days, I’d like to clarify something. I don’t think any of us could tell you what the date is, or even what day it is. We’ve just started calling each day by the number of days we’ve been on the trip (today is day 10). I actually had to look at a calendar to find out it was a Sunday today.
Day 9 started at the Majestic View Ministry. We were floored by their compassion and willingness to share their rooms, food, and company with us. After breakfast and a morning prayer that was a little longer than any of us were expecting, we hit the road. Montana is beautiful, I got some great footage on the GoPro and will try to see if I can attach it to this blog.
It was definitely a hot day, but the view was worth is when we approached our campground. Koocanusa lake was beautiful, and we had great weather to boot. The one issue we had is that we started to bike the wrong way around the lake, climbing up a monstrous hill on the way. Once we realized it we had to decide if we wanted to keep going to the nearest bridge and add 18 miles, or turn around and climb the same hill on the other side of the lake. We ended up turning around, and ended the day at our campground without any additional issues.
Since we were on the eastern side of the lake, and it’s surrounded by hills, we didn’t get sun for a long time in the morning. As the morning’s normally go, we all bundled up for the first few miles to deal with the cold, but as soon as the sun came out we had to shed almost all of our layers. The biking today went mostly without incident. While we were in Stryker, a town with a population of 26, a random mountain biker showed up and talked with us. We let him use our tools, and he donated $20 to us. It’s surprising how much little interactions like that can lighten the mood and make it easier to get back on the bike. We also met up with Mark Van Everen, who biked the last few miles with us to Whitefish. The only bummer was that we had to go over a half mile of construction, so we got covered in mud. Definitely going to have to clean the bikes tonight. We had dinner with the local VFW chapter, who were excited to meet and feed us. It’s always awesome to meet veterans and talk to them about both our ride and their experiences.
At the dinner we met up with Regina Noch, and Kurt and Patty Spurzem, who will all be working the sag wag for us. We’ll be saying bye to George and Sidney Marshman tomorrow - they were with us for the last week. We got back from dinner, and now everyone is settling down at Oliver’s house. We’re all pumped for the rest day tomorrow.
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Jacob "hole" Witt