I had a few people ask me, a little perplexed, as to why I wasn’t still on my bike and did we already dip our tires in the Atlantic?
The answer is - we “only” had 4 weeks to ride (as we will in every summer), so no, we did not ride 3,000+ miles in the time we had and we have not yet dipped our tires in the ocean on the other side of the country. That will come over the course of several more summer rides!
We officially ended “Ride C2C Leg #1” on Day 22 after 1,043 miles pedaling from Bellingham, WA to Great Falls, MO.
Looks so real!
Who could forget the love tub?
We did cut off 5 planned days of riding because it was simply too hot to be enjoyable and the forecast was for more...hot. Once we hit the east side of the Rockies, the temperatures reached 95-100 by mid-day. We found that after 10am we were in misery while riding and instead of enjoying the journey (which was the whole point), we were riding to get to the next stop so we could hide from the sun. That’s just no fun.
Since this trip is our rules, we decided to stop in Great Falls, Montana. We also decided that we don’t HAVE to ride the crappy parts. AHA! So next year we may not start in Great Falls, but maybe somewhere like Jackson, WY so that we can ride through the Tetons into Yellowstone which was our target anyway.
Was it worth it? Oh yes.
My 6 favorite things were:
Driving a U-Haul is not as much fun as riding bikes.
We stopped at the Lewis & Clark Caverns on the way home. If you ever get the chance, do it!
Our last campsite in Coeur D'Alene ID on the way home...
The cool thing? I always love coming home. Bellingham is the most beautiful place in the world and I feel so lucky to return to the home I love and that I get to own/run a business that helps so many people live healthier lives so that they, too, can have their own amazing adventures.
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