Day 52: Wednesday, August 25.
To Western Motel in Browning, MT. We went off the designated route - and found ourselves climbing another about 1800' over the Hudson Bay Divide (north of which rivers run into Hudson Bay) and several other hills; but a really strong tail wind pushed us fast to Browning. 39 miles.
Day 53: Thursday, August 26.
To Totem Motel in Shelby, MT. Met Tom Hall biking (on his folding bicycle) towards us 16 miles from the Shelby Airport, where he had flown his Cessna 182 in from Canada ("bikenfly" personified!). We had worked out the rendez-vous via voice mail. And we had a powerful tail wind - double banner day. Tom took Catharine & Rob up in the Cessna for a bird's eye view of our route. 61miles.
|A "bikenfly reunion" - Tom Hall flies his Cessna |
in from Canada, lands in Shelby, MT, unfolds
his bicycle and bikes west to meet us by
the side of the road
|Liz & Tom together again!|
|Tom's Cessna - preparing to take Rob and Catharine |
for a bird's eye view of route..
|Tom and cyclists earthbound again|
|Our campsite (tents near handy shelter) |
amid Joplin's community park
|Rainbow at sunrise over Joplin's park|
|A better picture of Catharine's frog named |
Flemington who rides behind her seatpost in
good weather - for those who were wondering
|Bike and Rob up against Harlem's city hall; |
luscious green grass of Harlem's community
park in background where sprinkler got us
at 4:00 AM
Day 57: Monday, August 30.
To Trafton City Park in Malta, MT (this time $3 fee). Day started on wrong foot when sprinkler system drenched us at 4 AM! Another day of headwinds (major stressor!) And heat in 90s - but we did our allotted miles. 47 miles.
|Tires - big, fat ones & small, thin ones|
|Bringing in the harvest|
|More evidence of harvest - huge |
cylinders of hay are everywhere
|A hay roll - up close & personal|
|We sit atop a hay roll - read our |
sign language: 2500 mile mark along
Indian Highway in Fort Peck Indian
Reservation near Nashua, MT
|Our vegetarian team member ponders |
|A message about the roadside crosses|
|A site where five died in a crash|
|Homestead Inn in Wolfe Point, MT, our home |
for two nights & one "rain-rest" day - although
photo taken on day of departure with rain just
as wet as on day off
|Rob & Catharine at roadside near Bainville, MT |
collecting a small fortune in US & Canadian coins
|The final haul - ($42.95 Canadian |
and $3.55 US) - and six stamps
Day 62: Saturday, September 4.
To Diamond Willow Inn in Culbertson MT. Heavy overcast but no rain, so off we go - it was stop after 35 miles or add another 45 to Williston, ND. We decide to stop at noon, crawl under some indoor covers and watch some college football on a motel TV. 35 miles.
|The end of Rte 2 Montana - all 667 miles of it - |
most of which we rode, except in western part of
state approaching and traversing Glacier National Park;
also, big sign welcomes folks to MT (better welcome
to MT sign to make up for understated "Idaho-Mont"
sign we got)