Today I biked 46 miles from the Arnone’s house to the Swan Lake Trading Post campground.
The initial 24 miles to Ferndale were not bad. Mostly flat, a few mild climbs, and one short hill I pushed the bike up. The whole way the weather was cool and it was very cloudy.
In Ferndale I was expecting a small convenience store hoping that I could get some alcohol for my mini stove, but there was none. I read the the most current addenda for the route. Knew the B&Bs were closed; saw no mention about the store. Reread the map services panel closely and saw that the store was part of a B&B. Frustrating. I didn’t want to take the river trail to Bigfork knowing I’d get stuck there for awhile with all the stores, traffic and bikers. Saw that Swan Lake had a store and a campground (if I got in late)
The ride out of Ferndale starts climbing right away. The 1800ft climb all the way up to the top is bikeable. For me I biked a bunch, but I didn’t have enough stamina to do the whole thing. Took me about 4 hours. I was lucky that the sun stayed hidden for half the climb. Was able to duck into shadows for much of the rest. There were only a couple overlooks with views of the Swan Mountains across the valley. The cause was tight tree cover and shrub trees on both sides.
To get to the town of Swan Lake I had to go 5 miles off route. Missed the store being open. Maybe if I hadn’t filtered water on the downhill. I was thirsty, so I think it was the right a call. One of the locals outside the store said he doesn’t think they have Heet alcohol for my stove. I’m going to stick around past 8 to check.
Made up a cold pot of quick oats and raisins. I actually like it soaked, but not cooked. Also easier to clean the pot because it isn’t all sticky. Took a shower after dinner. Last time was Sparwood. Wish I could say I was doing a better job of wiping off at night.
Going to get 9 hours of sleep tonight. So so tired.