As we sit here having another rest day I thought it was time for me ( Shane ) to write about the trip thus far.
So 5 weeks have gone by pretty dam quick. So far the trail has been everything I had hoped for. Beautiful scenery and some challenging weather conditions. We have had bushfires, snow, rain and 40+ degrees. We have crossed the divide 4 times so 28 to go :)
After the initial slow and hard start for R i decided to take almost all of her gear in an Osprey pack we purchased. The ride has been much more pleasurable and faster for both us. I don't mind carrying the gear as it gives my legs a good solid work out every day. I like to ride hard up all the hills and passes just for the added challenge.
The terrain has changed immensely. We started in mountains and glaciers to now riding through open fields with " hills " either side. We had a 2 day stop in Glacier National Park in the hope that we could see something but unfortunately the smoke was too thick. However we did have one of the best camp sites yet. Set amongst beautiful Cedar trees and picturesque Glacier lake.
We have been saving money by swimming in the lakes as a bath Ahhhh so fresh. Canada turned out to be a LOT more expensive than we had planned so it has been great to be free camping the last 4 out of 5 nights.
We have seen Deer, Cows, rabbits, foxes, woodpeckers but NO BEARS........... Camped by Lakes and in a field with no people and stayed in 2 motels :) In the next few days we will head into Butte Montana probably get a new chain for the bike and maybe a proper service.
It seems the longer we travel the more we enjoy being away from the towns and people and on the open trail. I think this trip has already had a profound impact on both of us. As we go longer we are realising the things that really matter to us. Anyway no need for the deep and meaningful hahahaha.
Loving life and trying to out ride the winter