Day 9

After our drive back to Silver Star, Montana from Butte, I started riding at 7:45am in 54°F weather.  I was on roll!  I just kept going and going and going!  I didn’t even stop for lunch until after 1pm when I’d been riding for over 50 miles in five and a half hours.  Whew!  I have to admit, though, I didn’t eat the best last night and felt a bit sick during some of it.  Luckily I had some Pepto Bismol to help me make it through.  Lesson learned: stick to the diet.

Day 9 cold

After a quick restroom break in Whitehall, Montana, I found some other cyclists!  There were lots of them riding today with KRG vans stationed along the way.  I don’t know what race they’re doing, but best of luck to them too!  They weren’t going too fast, so I was able to keep up with them somewhat.  😉

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Day 9 cyclists

Before lunch, there was a detour I had to take and there were way too many mosquitos!  I put on bug spray and everything, but they seemed to want it like sugar!  I can’t even tell you how many times I got bit.  Too many, that’s for sure!

I wanted to keep going after lunch, so I did another stretch.  This time, I took Interstate-15.  My first time on the freeway, and I didn’t die!  Yay!  I am lucky that Montana’s roads aren’t too busy.  However, shortly after I began I found myself heading into a mountain.  You know what that means, huge climb!  It went up about 1000 feet within 3 miles and back down the whole amount over 5 miles.  Like I’ve mentioned before, going downhill on a unicycle, especially without a brake, is very difficult.  I was going so fast!  Literally, 14.5 miles per hour and I just hoped and prayed I wouldn’t fall off!  I felt like I was on a roller coaster!  That was some crazy time.

Day 9 I-15

Day hilly

The picture on the bottom is what I consider a fun and easy hilly area.  I wish that’s what I meant by all these hilly times…it’s a lot harder than this.

I made it successfully to Jefferson City, Montana at 3:35pm.  I completed 66 miles again!  Awesome!  I’ve done 500 miles!!  Woohoo!!  Roughly 220 miles left to get to the Canada border.  Wow.  I can’t believe I’ve made it this far already!  I can do this!

Day 9 Stats:

Started at 7:45am in Silver Star, MT

Ended at 3:35pm in Jefferson City, MT

5.75 hours of riding (Personal Record time!)

66 miles

Random Fact:

There are different sizes of unicycles.  The tires can be anywhere between 12 to 36 inches.  You can also find some that are around 5-7 feet tall (seat) or even double or triple wheeled (upwards).  Lots of variety.