Bicycling 4,174 Miles Across the United States

June 27th – Libby to Eureka, MT

Climbing Old Haul Road 10 miles outside of Libby, MT in the background (while it appears I am wearing a tree on my helmet, I assure you I am not).

June 27th Statistics – Libby to Eureka, MT:

  • Today’s Biking Distance – 73.1 miles
  • Today’s Average Speed – 13.0 mph
  • Today Ascent – 3,478 feet
  • Today Descent – 3,082 feet
  • Today’s Ending Elevation – 2,533 feet
  • Total Trip Biking Days – 9
  • Total Trip Biking Distance – 645.8 miles
  • Total Trip Average Biking Distance/Day – 71.8 miles
  • Total Trip Ascent – 32,243 feet

The bike ride today was nearly perfect: RAIN – NONE; Road conditions – very good; Traffic – very light; Scenery – best of the trip so far; Terrain – Hilly with enjoyable 1% to 5% grades.  The only factor that kept the day from being outstanding was the lack of sunshine – overcast and looking like rain with only occasional moments of sun which also kept the temperature somewhat cool at mid 50s to low 60s until the sun finally came out for good the last 30 minutes into Eureka.  Tomorrow is forecasted to be sunshine all day with temperatures increasing from the high 50s to the low 80s.

Northwest Montana is nothing short of spectacular.  I have so many pictures, it may take another day to edit and post them.

Everyone rode the total 70+ miles today except Dale who drove and supported us with the van.  Unfortunately, we had 4 flat tires today (not me), but no one seemed to care considering the views and Dale being there to help.

I also spent time with 4 fellow cross country bikers (self supported), Jesse (a physical therapist who rode cross country six years ago) and her father Rick from Cincinnati.  I also met Nick, a college student in outdoor recreation at Western Washington University who is riding by himself to meet friends in New Hampshire before school starts in mid-September.  A photo of Jesse, Rick and Nick will be posted in today’s photos.  Finally, I met Dennis, a unique fellow with from Wooster, MA with pure white hair, ponytail, and beard, who was riding to Minneapolis since he has already biked from Minneapolis to Maine.  He has also walked the Appalachian Trail several times.

While the Ksanka Inn is very basic, when we walked across the street to the very non-descript 4 Corners Casino and Restaurant for dinner, we found a very nicely furnished and decorated restaurant with great food (mine dinner was pasta with smoked chicken crimini mushrooms, and sweet red peppers, in a smoked cream sauce).  The mountain surrounding Eureka are stunning –  we are also only 7 miles from Canada.

P.S. Today I fully recognized the pleasure of smooth road surfaces, tail winds, and climbing grades of less then 5 degrees.


7 responses

  1. Al Stiles

    I’ve been worried about your high-tech tires versus the poor road surfaces and assorted objects that are sharp. Have you had ANY flats? What is the procedure for changing your special tires?

    June 28, 2012 at 8:18 am

    • Steve

      I decided not to go with my tubeless tires. Before I shipped my bike I had the bike shop install tubes in new road tough tires (I could still use the same rims). Two other riders on the trip had the same tires install. So far, so good as none of us have had flats.

      June 29, 2012 at 12:01 am

  2. Becca Z.

    We’ve been following your adventures here at the EMC office. Wonderful photos! Can’t wait to hear your stories this fall.

    June 28, 2012 at 10:13 am

    • Steve

      Thanks for the kind words Becca. It has been a great trip so far.

      June 28, 2012 at 10:55 pm

  3. shelley

    Hi Steve! WOW – so much behind you already, miles, new interesting people, beautful sites, challenging weather, and some great pasta and ice cream, thank heavens. You sure it wasn’t Cheryl who had the flat tires? Anyway we all miss you. Love, Shelley and Eugene

    June 28, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    • Steve

      Shelley, I am sure my day with flat ties will come. Miss you and Eugene. Steve

      June 28, 2012 at 10:56 pm

  4. Paul and I have been following you the whole trip. It has been amazing to see the scenery. Beautiful weathery for today. Happy Anniversary. Be Safe, Love Debbie and Paul

    June 29, 2012 at 2:12 pm

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