Biked 47 miles to Geyser from Great Falls. Planned on getting to Stanford for a total of 60, but a few things worked against me.
This morning I got out of camp at 8. Stopped at the gas station to air up my front tire. Also thought I saw Snickers bars 2 for $1.40, but it was buy 2 get 1 free. A terrible deal. Then I bought a Subway sandwich to bring on the bike. I used Subway’s wifi last night for signing up for Warm Showers, so I thought I’d take 10 minutes and post up 2 blog articles. Yeah well that turned into a multiple hour project that ended at 11:00. Their upload speed is quick. Fastest of this entire trip, but I had a lot of images and blog posts to put up on this site.
At 11 I got onto the road. Still had one last stop to do at Albertsons. Walked around too long. Wish I knew where things are like at my local home store. Riding the road through a town is no fun. There are so many side streets and business entrances that I’m super cautious about every vehicle.
Heading out of town, there were big shoulders for a good distance. I did run into a 5 mile stretch of construction before the town of Belt. There was barely room for two cars across the temporary gravel road. Surprised they weren’t doing one direction of traffic at a time time. They did have pilot trucks guiding traffic, but they were still passing eachother. The vehicles and trucks were all giving me good space.
After Belt there is a rest stop. Stopped there to use the restroom and get water. Two construction workers started a conversation with me about my bike. Finished by inviting me across the street to get good water from their dispenser. Nice offer, that I took them up on.
The rest of the ride was a gradual up hill. my average mileage for the day was 8. Kind of surprised me after so many hills of only 3 to 4.5 mph.
I camped at the Geyser City Hall’s lawn. Wasn’t sure at first if it was ok. Asked a person who was on the street. He told me to ask at the bar because, in his words, “that is basically their community center.” The bartender said that she understood it to be ok. At the bar I also got fries and a pizza because they were a good deal.
There was a good sunset. The night was the warmest in many.
I’ve included photos of the silly truck balls I found on the road back west of Lincoln. Gave them to Bruce one of the long term campers at the park. No way I’m going to carry the silly things any farther.