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June 8, 2010

The morning sun crept through the heavy curtains of our room at the Mountain View Lodge. As we made our way to the parking lot, a fresh layer of frost adorned our bikes and the mountains were obscured by fog. Although the air was chilly, the sun was strong and the sky was clear of the clouds we had been running from the previous day, it promised to be a good day for sure.

After far too much breakfast, we packed up what little we had unpacked and headed off. I was grateful for my decision to buy a long underwear shirt the previous day, it allowed me to forego my rain jacket and sweatshirt, which add uncomfortable bulk and put a lot of stress on my shoulders and neck.

The road continued to follow the Salmon River, at times as we sped through the curves we were a mere 5 feet from the tumultuous rapids, these roads left very little room for error. We came upon a hotsprings along the side of the road, the water comming out of it was estimated between 160 to 180 deg F and it smelled strongly of sulfer.

After an hour we came to the pass that would take us through the mountains the road was switch backed to such a degree that we couldn’t go faster than 25mph. At the peak we were able to see the very beginnings of the Salmon River, it started as a just a tiny stream maybe 2 feet wide and a couple of inches deep.

On the other side of the pass it seemed that time sped forward and before we knew it we were in Missoula. We made a few stops at various Honda Dealers to try and find an outer rain jacket for my dad. He found that his specially designed jacket with the Rain liner on the inside, left the entire rest of the jacket wet, which pulled heat away from his body much too rapidly. We found a jacket that does the job and we are off to nearest motel. We set off for canada tomorrow.

That’s all for now!


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Gord (RAT) permalink
    June 10, 2010 5:59 am

    Welcome to Canada (note the capital ‘C’)

    Gord ;-)>

  2. Debby permalink
    June 10, 2010 11:44 am

    What a lovely writer you have become Seb! I love reading your posts and the trip sounds so beautiful…I’m currently listening to a This American Life Podcast called Roadtrips! Yours should be on there! Hope your days of flats are behind you!

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