has breakfast burritos and coffee so we stopped there for our first break. I will always choose a Cheryl breakfast sandwich but these burritos were pretty good. Nice first stop and we are on our way.
On the road it occurred to me that Jack has been riding with me for 4 days and one thing is clear. He is in riding shape now and a very strong rider. I will start the day pulling at about 17 mph depending on conditions, then after a few miles Jack politely says "I'll pull for a while" and the next thing you know we are cruising at 19 mph. Following a leader is supposed to be break time yet I can barely stay on his wheel! It sure has been fun riding with Jack these past few days though and I'm glad he's here.
It also occurred to me that this part of Montana is not very exciting (my awareness is astounding). Before all you Montanans start hatin' on me, I didn't say it wasn't beautiful but I will point out that we did have one straight stretch of road that was 14 miles! 14 miles without a turn. Note to Montana Road Department - get some imagination! The terrain is very beautiful but all the same so I tried to spice it up a bit with a little artsy shadow shot of me on the ground. What do you think?
It was a beautiful drive up the mountain. We saw a few idiot cyclists riding down the hill. Apparently
We attempted to stop at Red Lodge for a snack and a beer but we had Zuri with us and didn't find a dog friendly establishment. Besides the RV park had a pool (it was 93 degrees), ice cream and we wanted to BBQ and drink our 1000 mile bottle of wine so we headed back. In addition to shaming me on the road all day, Jack put the hurt on my BBQ skills by cooking up some very tasty pork loin. I think we may invite him on the rest of the trip as guest chef.
As if the ride through Montana has not been in isolated areas already, the next few days we will be in REALLY remote areas. Next stop is an RV Park called 7th Ranch near Crow Agency. I expect good connectivity there but the couples days after that will be a cap shoot. Dry camping!