Montana will be remembered for it’s smoke filled days, rock formations, cowboy wedding, fly fishing, side by side ride, Adventure Cycling headquarters, and Glacier National Park . I started off riding by beautiful Hebgen and Earthquake Lake, formed when a 7.5 magnitude earthquake devastated the area in 1959. One of the highlights of the state was staying in the quaint western town of Ennis and learning to fly fish on the Madison river, a fly fishing mecca. Another highlight was attending a western wedding in Jackson, a small western town that was overtaken by the wedding party, leaving me no options other than to be a part of the festivities. I was also forced to take an unplanned rest day there because of forest fires jumping the road on my planned route. I spent that day riding side by sides with locals from the area up to lake Apex on the continental divide bordering Idaho and Montana. The following morning I arose at 3am to skirt around the forest fires before the wind picked up. It was an erie and cold ride through the smoky darkness while wearing a mask. I also visited the Adventure Cycling Association headquarters in Missoula where I learned all about the Trans American route I was following and got to see the bike used to do the route in 1976 and weigh my own bike and gear which came in at 78 pounds. From Missoula, I detoured off the route to tour the breathtaking Glacier National Park. The highlights of the park where riding the To the Sun road with it’s many pull offs for views of the mountains and glaciers as well as a frigid dip in Iceberg lake.
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