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.
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. 😉
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.
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!)
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.