Day 22 – winds blow both ways and the nicest bike shelter

Day 22 – winds blow both ways and the nicest bike shelter

Day 22 6/8

Wisdom to Twin Bridges

94 miles

Today there was quite a bit of wind. Enough wind that if I had put a sail on my bike, I would have been able to make it all the way back to Missoula in just a few hours.

Ok that might be a small exaggeration. But I did face 20mph headwinds pretty much all day. It is incredibly discouraging to be pedaling up a hill and get hit with a blast of wind that stops you and forces you to unclip your pedals so you don’t fall.

That happened several times today. The two climbs I had were miserable as a result. Not because they were long or steep. Because the wind just never stopped.

You know what also never stopped today? Seeing more TransAm riders! It’s awesome to see the race going by around me. As I was powering into town early afternoon I had my head down and was cranking on the power to counteract the wind and after a few miles I looked behind me and a racer was drafting on me. He followed me the 10 miles into town and hugged me when we got there. I guess he was sick of the wind too.

I sat and ate a few tacos with a Dutch racer and decided that I felt pretty good after drinking 6 soda fountain lemonades. Rather than wait in town another 7 hours for it to be dark I decided to push to Twin Bridges which supposedly had a bike campsite. The wind had finally shifted a little and the route there had it at my back.

I flew. I did 25 miles in under an hour and a half. That’s super fast for a bike on flat ground. Little did I realize that it would put me over 90 miles too!

I pulled into town to the absolute nicest park ever. The town had constructed an enclosed shelter that was screened to keep the horrible bugs out. Running water, a shower and tent space made this the nicest thing. Even better? Martijn was there!

I met Martijn back in Missoula. He set off 3 weeks ago bicycling from Canada to Argentina. That’s a heck of a long way. He’s Dutch and is planning on this taking about a year. It’s impressive.

We chatted and I took a shower and did some sink laundry. My clothes will smell like peppermint tomorrow.  We ventured into town to find some ice cream and I ended up with strawberry and rainbow sherbet. Delicious.

You should read the article about how the Bike campground came to be.


3 Replies to “Day 22 – winds blow both ways and the nicest bike shelter”

  1. “You don’t have to know everything about the mountain in front of you to take the next step.” Louie Giglio
    The moon must look cool out there!

  2. Wonderful article. I was sorry to read in another article that Bill White, who built the camp, died in 2012. His legacy lives on, as does the town, which benefits from bike-riding tourists who used to speed through the town. A University of Montana study found that the camp draws bike tourists, who spend an average of $75 a day in the town, which has a population of 386 people.

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