Well, here we are. Back on the computer much sooner than we’d hoped.
We made it to Chester, MT last night, and spent the night in a pavilion in the city park. This enabled us to spread our tents out to dry, as we’d had to pack them wet the night before. We woke to a steady drizzle and what looked to be a breeze from the west. After slowly packing up (and me lubing my chain to get rid of the squeak that’s been hounding me the last week or so), we got out on the road at 11:30. We struggled against a strong wind and driving rain, which, together with the steady climb, limited us to about 7 mph average. We reached Lothair, 13 miles away, cold and wet, and realized we had no chance of making it to Shelby, the next town worth mentioning, before dark. We were forced to make the unpleasant decision to turn back for Chester. The downhill and the wind that was now at our back shot us back in no time, so now we have the rest of the day to idle in Chester. We came to the local library to escape the cold, and to ponder our future. While we would very much like to ride through Glacier National Park, and while we abhor (some more than others) the idea of skipping portions of the trip, we may opt to take a train for some of the remaining miles to Seattle. The moist boys have some thinking ahead of them…
In other news, we met our first fellow travelers in the last couple days: first was Colin Skinner, a cross-country walker from Britain, who is walking for Hospice Care (http://www.freewebs.com/drskinnersite/). Next we met Brent, who is biking from Ely, MN to his home in Olympia, WA. We first met in Malta when he biked up as we were finishing lunch, then again the next day in Havre. If the timing works out, we hope to see him again in Washington and possibly in Baja as well.
Another milestone crossed a couple days ago: 1000 miles of the trip have been completed. The trip doesn’t seem so long any more.