As I sit here at Malmstrom AFB taking a break day I look back and the last three weeks seem so surreal. I still can’t believe that I’ve been on the road for this long and covered over 800 miles so far. While pretty much everything has been near perfect I am battling one thing though. I think I mentioned it briefly earlier but being in the saddle as long as I am is causing some “small” issues. Hopefully I find a way to make those small issues go away.
I have seen some beautiful country and I know there is so much more to come. I’ve slept in a teepee, on the side of the road, and even in a nice little cabin. I must say that you never really know what the ride will bring and where you might end up. It is all about making little decisions and keeping my expectations from clouding my possibilities. One of those decisions you have to make is where to spend the night.
Last Thursday I was riding along the Lochsa River and finding myself without a camp site. I had passed up a few opportunities earlier thinking I that I wanted to go just a little further and I would stop at another camp site. As it turned out I couldn’t find a campground. Without any more options I pulled off the road at the first flat spot I could find and set up camp. It was right along the road and basically out in the open. The space was large and I was well off the road. After getting everything set up and writing in my log I rolled over and went to sleep.
The morning came and as I sat up I see that I have a cycling neighbor. It looks as though someone else had been just as needy of a camping spot for the night. After taking a second look I noticed the tent looked very familiar. I was thinking how odd to see someone with the same tent. I got up and as I kept thinking about this familiar tent I started to gather my gear.
As I started to pack but who comes out of the tent? Jennifer. Talking about decisions on the road. She had decided that what the heck, you only live once and wanted to come back and ride more with me. She rode over 100 miles three days in a row. The last day being the day she came back to be with me. That means she went over Lolo pass twice and was about to go over it again for a third time with me. She had read my blog post about “Decisions On The Road” and wanted to help me get over Lolo pass and beyond.
I must say it has been an absolute pleasure having her back as a riding partner. We have been sharing the road again for the past 5 days now and I do believe that I have gone farther faster with her around. We are having a great time together and we both know that there will be a day in our future that she will have to leave again and get back to her home. Until then we will continue to share the road, meet other cyclist and see what happens.