Montana 2014 Part 2 – Day 105 – Red Lodge – Lake Creek CG: Beartooth Pass – Almost biting off more than I can chew (from a Snicker’s bar)

Monday September 1, 2014, 57 miles (91 km) – Total so far: 4,688 miles (7,544 km)

The intermittent showers and storms continue into the morning. It is still raining at 6.00, 7.00 and 7.30 am. Finally, the rain ceases around 9.00 am, and radar indicates the showers are clearing with nothing redeveloping behind. I head out at 9.45 am. As I pedal the five miles into Red Lodge, I go over my concerns which include: Read more

Wyoming 2014 – Day 110 – Thermopolis – Casper: And I ride and I ride – breaking my distance record

Saturday September 6, 2014, 130 miles (209 km) – Total so far: 4,973 miles (8,003 km)

Sometimes on tour you regret the things you were not able to do, or the places you missed, or the scenery that disappeared underneath a blanket of rain. On last year’s tour, one of my biggest regrets was not being able to do a day ride down the Wind River Canyon and back from Thermopolis. I came down with the flu in a big way, and I spent the day I’d planned on riding the Wind River Canyon not doing much but feeling fairly miserable. So when I figured out that I was going to ride down through Wyoming this year, I immediately decided Wind River Canyon had to be on the route. Today we get to right a regret. Read more

2017 Disjointed – Around Lake Eildon

Sat-Mon, 14-16 Oct, 115 miles (185 km)

There was a ride on my map that I was terribly disappointed not to accomplish before I left Australia permanently. It was the “Around Lake Eildon” ride. It has beckoned to me from the map and streetview for a long time. But because it’s a two -hour drive away, it just didn’t happen. But through the crazy paths of life, we find ourselves back in Oz, and the weekend weather forecast is perfect. So we get a second chance for the ride that almost got away. Read more

2017 Disjointed – Twenty years ago


Day 1

 We start the trip in deficit. Yesterday I drove to Eildon straight from work. Upon arrival at 6.45pm, the petrol station, the takeaway shop, the pizza shop and the supermarket were all shut. The nasty, unmaintained pub required previous bookings. So there was nowhere to get food. I had not eaten all day and had spent two hours through the day at work doing sweaty physical labour to clean out a shipping container. So I was hungry.I was a bit concerned with my food supply anyway. I’d already figured out how I could ration the food I brought over four days. Weight vs energy needs are always a concern when doing steep gravel roads with no places to resupply. So, cautiously, Thursday night I ate one package of Madras lentils and the last 1/3 of a bag of corn chips. I went to bed hungry.

This morning we are rolling at 6am – just after sunrise. The motel owners have been kind and are letting me leave my car there (I buy them a bottle of wine on my return in thanks). I do think you could probably stealth camp at the Oval though – most other places around the pondage have ‘no camping’ signs, but because there is no vehicle access beyond the parking lot at the Oval – there is no demand there. You could set up behind the kiosk.

So we climb up first thing toward the dam wall. It’s a massive thing sitting over there. We pass the cemetery which sits under the massive high voltage power lines. The span over the lake just over the hill is the longest in the southern hemisphere at 2.2 kms. It’s an industrial feel until we turn right and up toward the marina, boat ramp and campgrounds.

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