24 days after entering Montana from South Dakota we would be leaving for good. It’s a big state and we took about the longest route possible across it at around 900 miles. The amount of time was slightly skewed by our road trip to Yellowstone & Grand Teton, which I’ll at least put the pictures up for at some stage, but outside of maybe California it’s probably the most time we’ll spend in a single state. It would be followed with Idaho, which like Maryland would see us go across in 2 days of riding.
Sandpoint, our destination for the day was only about 25 miles as the crow flies from Troy, but the river and thus the road was nothing close to direct. We would be going there to meet some of the Schmitz family that we met in early June in the Outer Banks.
The ride to Bonner’s Ferry took us within 20 miles of the Canadian border. It was strange to see the sign saying turn left to Bonner’s Ferry & Sandpoint or right to Canada. A few miles further down the road I could feel my handling going a little and knew I had got another puncture on my rear tyre. The Continental Town & Country tyre that I’ve been using since Kalamazoo is definitely not one that I’d recommend for touring. They’re apparently puncture resistant, but maybe they’re just not that great with the load I’m carrying.
After swapping tubes during lunch, we rode on and made it to Tom & Margueritte’s place. We spent a couple of hours catching up with Tom before he had to head out for a dinner and Doug came to pick us up to take us over to his place for dinner. We spent a lovely evening and made plans to stay there the next night. Margueritte was out of town on a kayaking trip and Tom had to fly out on business. He had no problem with us staying at his place but thought it’d be more fun to stay with Doug & Deb.