On the Road -- September 21, 2015
I had to leave Susan at home as she is still not retired, though chances are that she would choose to not join me on this adventure. So yesterday (Monday, 9/20/15) my friend Bette-Ann and I took off from home in her car to head for a bike tour in New Mexico. The first day of driving took us more than 700 miles to spend the night in Butte Montana. Though a nice drive and very good company, this day held driving only with a stop for lunch along the way, and no sightseeing or photo ops.
I "collect" states that I have bicycled in, and have convinced Bette-Ann to begin her own collection. So, this morning we got on our bikes for a short ride around Butte for her first ride in Montana. It was a clear and sunny morning with the crisp feel of fall in the air and made for a delightful start of our day. The ride was short but we enjoyed seeing the neighborhood, watching the little boy run to catch his school bus, and befriending two goats.
|You hear about goats eating "anything" including tablecloths, but until you see it actually taking place...|
|One of these friendly goats would rather have some tree leaves. She couldn't reach them, so Bette-Ann gave a little help|
Back to our motel to pack up our luggage as well as our bikes, and soon we were off to the east. We picked up a picnic lunch at a travel center (as in truck stop) and found the perfect spot at the Custer Battlefield Trading Post in Crow Agent, MT to enjoy our midday meal.
|That's berries and cream for dessert ;'-)|
|Log cabin is a gallery but was not open|
|Could have bought this headdress at the Trading Post, but we have no space for carrying it|
|Landscape is flat, sky is bluer than it looks here, and clouds are not threatening|
|You can buy a teepee here for $363.00|
|Looking up from the inside -- where the smoke from a fire would escape|
A fine and fun travel day. Tonight we are staying in Casper Wyoming and it looks like there is no good place for us to bike tomorrow morning (major highways surround us). The plan is to stop at the first little town that looks good to us (before exiting Wyoming) and ride around that town so that Bette-Ann does not miss bagging this state. The only new state for me this trip will be New Mexico, but the actual places we are biking in the other states are new areas for me on my bike.