Bicycling 4,174 Miles Across the United States

Today’s Photographs

July 2nd – Havre, MT (Post and Photos)

Today was our second rest day of the trip.  It started by giving appropriate attention to my most important partner on this adventure – my bicycle.  I rode to the local bike store to have it checked our which was very timely as I had one of to handlebar stem bolts missing and my front crank was tight (it took two complete rotations to tighten it all the way).  I also bought a spare tire as insurance as I am the only person so far not to have a flat tire (the roads so far have been brutal on our tires).  In Minot (our next rest day in five days after three century rides), I plan on replacing my tires.

Afterwards, Jim and Doug graciously gave me a lesson on bike maintenance – cleaning and oiling my chain and gears.  Thank you Jim and Doug.

By 10 am we were ready to see the sights of Havre, MT.  We started with the “Beneath The Streets Of Havre & Havre Railroad Museum”.  While waiting for the underground tour, we walked though the Railroad Museum (which also served as a large waiting room for the tour).  It included a vary eclectic collection of model railroad cars, old newspaper articles about the railroad (the most important part of Havre’s history and founding) and railroad accidents, railroad posters/photographs, and railroading equipment.

Harve downtown burned in 1904.  Local merchants reopened their business by operating from their basements and opening an underground mall by connecting the basements while a local brick factory (for the replacing the old wood structures) was built.  It expanded greatly over the years and included at times auto repair shops, bakeries, chinese laundries, opium dens, barber shops, taverns, dental office, apothecary, meat processing center and markets (all of which we saw during our 1 hours tour of the underground – see today’s photos) just to name a few.  They also built overhead sky lights on the side walks/streets to provide natural lighting during the day.

The next stop was the Havre “Buffalo Jump” – a natural terrain element that buffalo were driven to so they could fall over the cliff and be killed.  The Havre buffalo jump was discovered in 1961 and excavated over the next 20 years.  Its 2,000 year use by three different native peoples was documented by the excavation.

The final sightseeing tour was the H. Earl Clack Museum which had an eclectic collection consisting of items such as dinosaurs (skulls and a 75 million year old dinosaur egg nest), native indian artifacts and history, western military outposts and life, and prominent local cowboys and cowgirls.

Here are my photo of the day – enjoy.

Havre Railroad Meseum.

Havre Underground Brothel.

Havre Underground Apothecary.

Harvre Underground Barbershop.

Havre Buffalo Jump Site – Each building is a different excavation.

Havre Buffalo Jump History.

Havre Buffalo Jump Excavation.

Buffalo jaw used as tool to process killed buffalo.

Doug successfully using an ancient indian “Atlatl” to “throw” a four foot dart (in the center of the photo with a red tail) at a buffalo. Note: I am revising this caption to make it clear that Doug is aiming at a buffalo replica.

H. Earl Clack Museum – A Stygimoloch Skull (see next photo)

H. Earl Clack Museum – Stygimoloch Description

H. Earl Clack Museum – Lambeosaurus Skull

H. Earl Clack Museum – Barb Wire Collection

June 21st Photos

One of pair of women cycling (with all their gear) over 5 months from Portland, OR to Freeport, ME to their home in Georgia. Their husbands and children, who are in Georgia, following their blogs.

Second Georgia Rider traveling from Portland, OR to Freeport, Me to home in Georgia over 5 months

Omak Inn, Omak – Lodging Day 4

Mile 15 – Route 20 between Omak and Tonasket, WA

Mile 26 – Robert and Georgia Women Cyclist in Tonasket.

Mile 45 – Half way up 29 mile climb to Wauconda Pass, 4,310 feet looking like rain anytime.

Mile 50 – Passing numerous dead trees – Beetle damage?

Mile 52 – Only 3 more miles to Wauconda Pass, 4,310 feet.

Mile 60 – View on 15 mile downhill ride from Wauconda Pass to Republic, WA.

Landmark Inn, Republic, WA – Lodging day 5

June 19th Photos

Marblemount (Mile 3 today) – Entrance to the American Alps (with warning)

Mile 21 – Skagit River near Gorge Dam

Mile 28 – Diablo Lake

Mile 32 – Ross Lake

Mile 41 – The Cascades all to myself.

Mile 46 – 3,700 feet, Snow

Mile 60 – End of the Climb – Washington Pass, 5,477 Feet

Mile 61 – Looking Down at Beginning of 17 Mile Descent from Washington Pass

Mile 62 – Mazama, 17 Miles Ahead

June 18th Photos

Biking companions Jim Schnitzmeyer from Albany, IL and Robert Moskowitz from Carmel, CA.


Today I visited “The Center of the Known Universe”, Concrete, WA


Downtown of the “Center of the Known Universe”, Concrete, WA


Buffalo Run Restaurant (Bike Food) – Home of the 16 oz buffalo burger and Rocky Mountain buffalo oysters.

Totem Trail Motel, Rockport, WA – “Best Available” as promised.