|The roads go on and on!|
Well, there we were - after nearly seven hours in the saddle!
We had about 3000 feet of climbing to do, so there's that. And we sort of stretched the day out by stopping several times to get into the stream to cool off!
But if you are going to climb, as Roger said, this is the way to do it: through a forest, with a stream, at 1 to 2%. A very pretty ride up to the summit, which like others here, is not marked. So we don't get the "summit shot" - the picture of the top of the pass with the bike and the sign. It's the Deep Creek Canyon, though, if you are ever up this way and want to ride it. Truly beautiful, and tops out about 5800 feet.
|Beautiful road through Deep Creek Canyon|
We had checked out the route ahead of times, and knew that between Townsend and White Sulphur Springs, there wasn't any food or water. So we had a great second breakfast in Townsend, and carried extra bottles and the Camelbak bladder. By the end of the day, the water I was drinking was hot enough to brew tea. Not particularly appetizing, but it does the job!
|Townsend grain storage building|
|This pool was 105 degrees. Yikes!|
A brilliant sky and raging sunset, and then bedtime. We have found that as we move east, the sun is at least setting a little earlier for us!
The day's report: Helena to White Sulphur Springs, 76.5 miles/2949 to date
|Sunset at White Sulphur Springs|