Another 3 hard days of riding gone and still not half way through Montana yet! It’s slow going. After Bigfork I had a nice ride through lush farmland before hitting the big climbs again – this time a 2500 foot ridge up over the Swan River Valley before plunging down again into another Federal Park, this one low and swampy and mosquito infested. I found a nice riverside camping spot which was peaceful up to about 3am when a constant stream of logging trucks started flying past on the narrow dirt road, clattering over a timber bridge. This was enough to convince me to skip the next section by sticking to the main highway, then rejoining the dirt road in time for a wonderful stretch of singletrack through thick forest along the foothills of the Mission Mountains. I camped in beautiful Holland Lake – so nice I stayed a day to do some hiking in the Flathead National Forest above it. Today’s ride – supposed to be a very tough but spectacular ride over the next ridge was foiled – for unexplained reasons the tracks have been closed to the public. I had to backtrack and find an alternative route to Seeley. I arrived in biting cold and rain, feels like winter here already.
in three days I should be Helena, and in Butte by next weekend. With luck I’ll find a proper web cafe in one of those towns so I can post some pics and a proper account.