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2011 TransAmerica Bike Ride - 2/10 - Mike and Rich's Excellent Adventure

The hardest day

On August 19, 2011 By

People along the way often ask us, what was your favorite part? What was the hardest? I think the next few days will be the hardest. One of the things I gave up to come on this adventure was the chance to take Kelly away to college. She will be leaving this weekend with Barb [...]

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White Chocolate Medicine

On August 19, 2011 By

While the conventional medical community has been concentrating broken bone treatments using surgery, splints & physical therapy, I have been presented with some remarkable alternative medicine.

Patty Johnson, daughter of our long time friend & neighbor Erika Seitz, made up a batch of white chocolate BandAids.  I may not be ready to abandon all [...]

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Idaho and one to go

On August 18, 2011 By

52 miles from Missoula to Powell Idaho. We left Missoula, after having coffee and pastry with our friend Jeff. Great visit with a very fun guy. On the way out Peter and I were both saying “I could live here”. Definitely would have taken a rest day here, but the pull of home is getting [...]

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“Your bike is hot”

On August 18, 2011 By

August 17 (late entry)
About 70 miles from Darby to Missoula MT. We followed alongside the Bitterroot River all the way. Downhill with a slight headwind balancing it out. Pretty easy ride except for a stretch with heavy traffic and no shoulder. Worst road since Kentucky coal country. If you ride this route consider [...]

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What a great treat we had today in Venice.  We were able to meet up with Sasquatch & Little Foot, also known as Lorraine & Brittany, TransAm pals that we last saw in Nickerson, KS, when six of us were being treated like royalty by Jim & June Gladden.

Please see the photo of [...]

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Jackson to Darby MT

On August 16, 2011 By

78 miles today, very pleasant weather, and beautiful scenery. We had a chilly morning (frost on the tents- a first). We bundled up and rode to Wisdom for a great breakfast. Then we tackled a big climb. Without yesterdays wind, it was no big deal. At the summit we could see a glimpse of Idaho, [...]

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78 miles from Twin Bridges to Jackson MT. The day began with calm winds and flat roads. Peter and I tooled along pretty easily for the first 28 miles to Dillon. It’s a lovely medium size town with all the conveniences, but still the old time, small town charm. It also has a branch of [...]

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Way Beyond Thunderdome

On August 14, 2011 By

OK, first let me update a few earlier posts. First, Peter saw a newspaper article about the little Cherokee boy we saw throwing knives. Turns out he is actually 4. Also, last night after dinner, we were talking to some locals about our trip. When the discussion turned to our itinerary, we mentioned Twin Bridges [...]

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White Line Fever

On August 13, 2011 By

West Yellowstone to Ennis MT. 73 miles in about 4.5 hours of riding. That’s 16.2 mph! Fastest yet for me. We left the roadside attraction that is W. Yellowstone and headed north around Hebgen Lake. After fixing a flat (drywall nail) the riding was flat an easy.
A series of signs around this area [...]

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Big Sky Country

On August 12, 2011 By

56 mi. Grant Village to West Yellowstone MT. It was cold this morning. Probably high 30′s as we broke camp. I wore all my cold weather stuff, and still suffered for the first hour. Two more crossings of the divide finally warmed us up. We caught an Old Faithful eruption on the way by, and [...]

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