We got up nice and early, C was planning on having a shower but we didn’t see any stirring from inside the house so just pulled our tents down and headed out. It was a bit chilly and C’s sleeping bag had been damp so she wanted to head out quickly to warm up before she ate.
After about an hour of riding, I wanted to eat, but C didn’t so I organised my oatmeal. I love instant oatmeal for just how simple it is to make. Not needing to get the stove out and boil some water to make breakfast is a great time saver and also saves money as I don’t have to pay for propane.
Our one stop of the morning was at a gas station where we saw the images that NASA had recently released of Hurricane Irene. I don’t know if hurricanes usually look that big, but it was mind-blowing. At almost 600 miles across, that’s bigger than the top to bottom height of the UK. While the UK isn’t big in comparison with the US, our land mass in square miles is smaller than 26 of the states that make up the US, the picture of it next to the Atlantic coast … wow.
The ride to Libby was lovely. We had a bit of a tailwind and were losing elevation. Having crossed the Continental Divide back in Glacier it was a well-earned return to a more normal elevation. Well, at least until we get to the passes across northern Washington.
We had a long lunch in McDonalds as C had phone calls to make and then rode off towards Troy. In the morning we had pumped our tyres up at a tyre shop in Kalispell and been told that we had to go to Kootenai Falls. It was between Libby & Troy so we made a stop.
I asked and was told it was about a 15 minute walk to the Falls so we rode our bikes down the dirt path until it started to get fairly steep. We put our bikes against a sign and, after talking to a couple of ladies on their own trip, wandered down towards the falls. I stubbed my toe so didn’t enjoy the falls as much as I could have, but still thought that in a way it was prettier than Niagara. The swinging bridge was kinda cool and I could understand the 5 person limit as it definitely felt like it might become even more unstable with more.
We rolled in to Troy and we turned up at our destination. The people we were staying with were out of town, but they had no problem with us staying at their place. That trusting attitude makes me wonder how people can say that society is falling apart. I guess we get treated differently as cyclists, but still the constant generosity, trust and goodwill we receive is so refreshing.