Jackson, MT to Connor, MT – 61 miles
Another day with a broken down bike. Temperature on the road this morning was down to 30.7F, and it is July. Tried twice more to patch the rear tube with very limited success. Today called for the last climb of the Rockies – Chief Joseph Pass the Nez Perce who was one of the last free Native Americans to be captured and forced into a reservation by the US government. “I shall fight no more forever” I believe was his memorable line. I figure I’ll fight one last day over this pass on a flat and single working pedal.
Top of the pass, it was about 3000 feet of descending on a flat after this
Forrest Gump road
Sheridan, MT to Jackson, MT – 85 miles
Today was a low point. Really struggled with the conditions. Started late due to cold rain and snow showers in the area. Wind was really rough after the first 10 miles but expected that I was turning north out of it all day, should of checked the map more clearly. Once the wind became really bad I got a flat. No problem, I carry 2 tubes and can handle this just fine. Actually, one tube was lost along the way. Still, no problem, just don’t puncture the tube as you put it on. Shit. For some reason, and I never thought I’d need it I actually brought a tube repair kit. So I got to work on that in the 30+ mile hour wind on the busy highway. Eventually got it on and everything packed up and going up the large mountains for the day with one working pedal, serious headwind. Then I notice the tire still does not hold air. Every 3-4 miles stop and move off the side of the road, detach the hand pump, pump till my arms are numb, reattach, bike, repeat. Finished at 7 pm, tire and pedal situation still up in the air, hopefully resolved soon.