2015-07-23 - MT - Day 57 - Whitefish to Eureka
I slept in, leaving camp around 8 AM with Alex, Nils, Reed, Libby, and Kaylan. Zack had departed not long before us. Alex and Nils sped ahead across the rolling hills and so missed the next turn onto smooth, nearly car-less, country roads with views of mountains on all sides. Reed rode on ahead while Libby and Kaylan took a break and I cycled at my own pace for a while. Hunger dug its claws into me when the first rest stop turned out to be non-existent. Zack rolled up to me with Libby and Kaylan in tow, and we rode together for a while before I fell back to take photos of the beautiful Dickey Lake. We enjoyed lunch at a convenience store and bar before finishing the ride. The wind had picked up but it was only another fifteen miles to the finish.
The day's ride consisted mostly of car-free roads, with lone houses dotting the surrounding prairie and eye-catching mountains in the distance. There was one questionable downhill turn into oncoming traffic and slippery gravel that felt unsafe, but the rest was great. I worked on my site at the library, bought groceries, and had some amazing vegetable yakisoba and egg drop soup at Yong's Teriyaki Take-Out. We camped outside Lincoln County High School where some people played Ultimate Frisbee and we all had the chance to take warm showers using the school facilities. I saw a total of nine deer and one moose today.