Road Conditions & Bike Trails
Today was one of the hardest climbing days of the trip (except for Aspen, who seems to sail up any hill). We had to climb over the Continental Divide and we all made it. Shawn’s trading account also had a great day. He continues to amaze me in how he is making money to pay for this trip while biking and taking care of his family. I’m a believer in the concept that learning how to trade will open up the freedom to do things you really want to have fun doing.
On another topic, as a retired Public Works Director and City Manager, I have been paying special attention to the condition of the roads and the location of bike trails. As a motorist when we see a sign that says “loose gravel drive slow”, we think of rocks flying up that could crack the windshield. As a cyclist, our thoughts are totally different. We think of oil sticking to our tires and picking up rocks that get stuck between brake pads and the tire (it can stop you pretty fast, I know). I never liked chip seals and as a cyclist I really don’t.
The construction of the Murdock Trail in Utah County was a great asset for recreation enthusiast. It provides a safe and comfortable environment for cyclists, walkers, and joggers. I will say thus far The Portland area has had some of the best bike paths. They even constructed a path in the middle of the freeway for safe passage. Yesterday on our 73 mile ride from Lolo to Sula, Montana we encountered a great path. It was over 30 miles long and took us right along highway 93. What a great ride with no worrying about chip seals and cars passing by.
Also if you ever get into Hamilton, Montana you have to stop into Nap’s Grill, the hamburgers are awesome and the steaks cooked just right. I also hear that the Huckleberry shakes are very good.
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