Day 5, 6
Started the day off at the campground, where a little rain came down in the morning. I felt one single drop while I was packing, and after the previous day of rough terrain and lots of rain, karma was paying me back. I was low on water (very low) but I managed to make some coffee (priorities). Hit the remainder of Old Highway 10, then jumped back on the freeway. The interstate was under construction so I had the whole road to myself. I got off at the next exit and proceeded back on Old Highway 10, which described most of the day. There was a ton of rail work going on at that time which was neat to watch.
I stopped in at Alberton, MT and took a break there. The owner Karen gave me further directions out of town. She told me about her European bike tour and then I carried on. I had a pulled pork sammich and a beer at the logically named Sportsman Bar & Casino. From Alberton, I continued onto road “ZA” which was a well worthy detour with some amazing scenery. While I love the Komoot App, it led me to cycle through a private road through a rancher’s front yard which I flew by and tried to get out of there as fast as possible. Eventually 2A lead to the frontage road into Missoula which was under construction, and incredibly painful. By now it’s probably much more enjoyable, however at the time it wasn’t fun. Traffic was pretty intense (Friday rush hour), however, once I entered into greater Missoula a better route appeared and things settled down. I made it to my AirBNB, dropped everything off and went downtown to the art fest. It was honestly very difficult seeing people again 5 days of mostly solo adventuring in backwoods Montana and Idaho. I had a burger and beer and went to sleep.
I spent my final day in Missoula, which by the way, is an absolutely wonderful and gorgeous town. I started the day off at The Catalyst for breakfast and had an epic omelet. Went to the Adventure Cycling HQ and met another cyclist who was going down to South America from Utah. I purchased an awesome light/horn combo, called the “ORB”. I found a bicycle box at a nearby local bike shop, enjoyed more coffee, beer, and a Rueben back at Tamarack Brewing Company. From there, I grabbed a Lyft, went to the airport and flew home.