I usually have to stop for about an hour to eat lunch and we stopped about 30 miles from where we were staying, so I decided to have my wife stay at the motel while I rode back to that spot and she could pick me up there and I could eat on the way back and save time. I started at 7:10am in Dillon, Montana. However, as soon as I got to the dirt road again, it was jamming up my knees. You can’t really have that as a long distance cyclist. So after 14 miles, I turned around and went back, meeting my wife at the motel instead. I still got my miles in, but less driving.
While I was gone, my wife contacted the person about current cycling laws on highways and interstates. They simply told her that all roads are open to cyclists! Yay! This means I don’t have to ride on dirt roads anymore! Miracle!
(left: Lewis and Clark named this Beaverhead; right: does this picture make my butt look big?)
After lunch, I kept going, on a paved highway. I was going so fast! I averaged about 11.8 miles per hour when usually I get between 9 and 10. I also did 66 miles! That’s a personal record! Wow. I got to Silver Star, Montana at 3:20pm. It’s a tiny town, but a good stopping point for the day.
(left: this is actually on a highway….; right: welcome to Silver Star, MT)
We seem to be getting a little ahead of schedule, so we decided not to stay in the motel in Dillon and we were lucky to find a lady on Airbnb in Butte that could take us for the night. Today has certainly been another day full of miracles.
(top: wife and I in the sunglasses we bought for our wedding; bottom: I wish my tire were that big!)
Day 8 Stats:
Started at 7:10am in Dillon, MT
Rode toward yesterday’s ending point and back through Dillon and on.
Ended at 3:20pm in Silver Star, MT
7.5 hours of riding
66 miles (Personal Record!)
Unicycle seats are not comfortable, but they’re not too bad either. It helps having padded cycling shorts. 🙂