July 22, 2001 - Mike and Marilyn's 2001 TranAmerican Bike Tour

Mike and Marilyn's
2001 TransAm Bike Trip
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July 22, 2001

TRANSAM 2001 > Montana

West Yellowstone to Ennis, Montana. (75 mi.) Mile 3138

Big Sky Country

Once again, I am typing this journal while our clothes are churning in the washing machine in another campground Laundromat. Mike rode to the grocery store and came back with odds and ends for dinner, which we are eating in the Laundromat too.

This time we are at the Ennis Village RV Park, brand new and squeaky clean. Ennis is another quaint town that plays up the Western tourist theme with rustic buildings and cowboy saloons. We have lost elevation steadily since leaving Yellowstone, which has made for fast and relatively easy riding despite a slight head wind and the challenge of avoiding the rumble bumps that can rattle your kidneys and loosen your teeth.

We're now in the aptly named Big Sky Country of Montana, continuing to follow the Madison River Valley, a wide open space that rivals that of Colorado's South Park. Montana is familiar to us, as I have lived in Missoula before, and we have come to Montana for vacations. It's a great state, and feels even closer to home.

The route followed the shores of Hedgen Lake for many miles.

Earthquake Lake was formed when a landslide, indicated by the scar in the distance,
dammed up the Madison River in 1959.

We consume a big bag of chips with cheese dip during a lunch break overlooking the Madison River.

Our tent site at another RV park. The small green tent behind ours belongs to Jen Saks, who is also going our way and has ended up in the same campground for several evenings. She is one of the few women we've met traveling solo.

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