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It was a cold night. Down to -4c, the frost on the bike gives you an indication.
Before starting my ride I visited the local mercantile. That’s a shop to us in England. It was run by a lovely lady named Kathy and she stocked a great range of food for cyclists. I think that’s because so many people come by her store who are riding the divide.
It took me a good hour to find my rhythm today and I felt like I was crawling along. It was ok though as I enjoy riding my own pace on my own and am just happy to admire the wonderful scenery.
After a long climb we finally came to the lunch stop. I am not really one for stopping for lunch and would be quite happy to keep riding. After lunch we visited Elford hot springs. The water is heated geothermically and the fill up a pool with it. It was very relaxing and really help sooth the tired legs.
After the hot springs it was about 20 miles to Bannack State Park. Here are a few more pictures.
A while later I see a figure in the distance riding a heavily loaded rig. It was Tom and he later tells me that he is carrying 32kg of gear!
Bannack State Park is a desserted gold mining town from a bygone era. You could imagine this place in the late 1800s and a Clint Eastwood type figure riding through town.
The court house.
Another great day on the divide!