2022 Bicycle Trip – Day 47

Tonight we are in Ennis, Montana. It is a big fly fishing center with every other store in town being some kind of fly fishing place. The Madison River runs through town and there are lots of guides, drift boats, and rubber rafts. It is raining here and very cold, in fact, an inch of snow is supposed to fall tonight🥺😫 Whooooeeeee I hope that doesn’t happen. We opted to stay in a motel again tonight because of the weather. With the price of gas, unexpected breakdowns, and bad weather lodging expenses I have gone way over my planned budget for this trip. I have come to the conclusion that the best way to do these trips economically is to do them without a support vehicle, at least not a pickup but a high mileage little car with a bike rack, and to limit the number who go at a time to four. The reason for the small number is to be able to take advantage of “warm shower” host homes. “Warm Showers” is an organization of about 100,000 homes who are bicycle enthusiasts around the USA who will let you camp in their yard or even stay in a spare bedroom, take a shower, and usually feed you breakfast and dinner, and they do it for free. The problem is that most host homes will only host groups of four or less. As I wrote before, my favorite areas to ride in are the Western United States, so I think I am personally going to stay in Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, California, and Oregon for all future rides. Also I will plan the rides to be 40 days or less, I like the 60 day trips but there are so many other things I want to do besides ride a bicycle. There are thousands of miles of bicycle club sanctioned bicycle routes in these States as well as a growing number of paved bicycle paths exclusively for bicycles. They are called “Rails to Trails”, which are abandoned railroad tracks with the rails and ties being removed and the gravel paved. They are very nice because you don’t have to worry about a car or truck running over you. I have a trip all routed and planned to hit every State in the lower 48 States. It would start in Maine and end at my house, would be 6,000 miles long, and would take three to three and a half months to complete. I have almost for sure canceled that out of my life. I also have planned a trip to go from the tip of Florida to Fairbanks, Alaska. That trip, as well is going to happen only in my dreams. It is kind of sad when my age and health catch up with my dreams, and cancel them out. Oh well, the things I will do when I get my new glorified body and am in the Kingdom of heaven with Jesus will be many times greater than anything I have done here.

Are you going to be in the Kingdom with Jesus and me? If you don’t know for sure you probably aren’t. It would be good to take care of that before it is too late.

Here is Tom’s answer for a rain coat, a plastic bag and a shower cap.

2 thoughts on “2022 Bicycle Trip – Day 47

  1. Debbie Jensen

    Did you make it out of Yellowstone before they closed the entrances? Alot of road damage with all that rain.
    Best wishes,
    Debbie Jensen



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