Longest Ride of the Trip
Shelby, MT – Havre, MT 109 miles (total miles- 1064)
Weather sunny and warm 70 degrees, great tail wind of 20 plus mph
Today we finally got some great weather and were able to really put the miles on – we biked our longest miles on this trip – 109 and finally got over 1,000 miles overall(longest we have ever gone on a multi day trip) – yea!!! This was a nice way to usher in (tomorrow) the first day of summer (longest day of the year) by hitting our two longest.
Although we biked so far, the tail wind allowed us to average 20.7 miles per hour an amazing speed on a loaded tandem. It was a fun ride and the change in weather was very welcome. The landscape has changed extensively – open prairie, with rolling hills and small mountains in the distance. We continue to be amazed by the number of trains we have seen and the number of oil cars that are traveling across our country.
We needed a mid ride break for lunch and decide to stop in Chester for coffee with our peanut butter sandwiches. We were in downtown Chester – very small and I saw a woman heading into the library with her children and I stopped and asked her if there was a good coffee shop in town – she turned around and said yes in the library. So Peter and I headed into a beautiful library which had a coffee shop in the back. The librarian also served as the barista and made us both a great cup of coffee. I asked her about the coffee shop and she said it had been open for about five years and they use the profits for library improvements and supplies. The coffee shop itself was built with the coffee profits and new restrooms added to the building, new lighting etc. What a great idea and she said they do a great business. They also deliver to the local companies, schools, hospital etc. I also needed a new book and they had a book sale going on, so now I am excited to start my book tonight.
We have started to see Prairie Dogs – we see many running around in the grass and in their burrows near the road and several that have been not so successful crossing the road – (poor Prairie Dogs) they sure are cute little guys, but I am sure very destructive.
We got into Havre with lots of time to spare and hit the local Brewery – Triple Dog Brewing Company. We actually got to the brewery early and had to wait for about an hour for them to open – that was alright because it gave us a chance to relax and catch up on the local news. The brew master arrived promptly at 4:00pm and invited us and another party in for some beer. We tried the Dumpster Diver Stout which was very good. We met a nice young couple and the husband’s father at the brewery and talked to them for a long time they were from Reno, Nevada and the father from California. They were in town for a 20th class reunion the wife grew up in Havre. We got some helpful tips and they were very kind and bought us our beers. We enjoyed visiting with them and continue to be amazed at how kind everyone we have met is. It is truly amazing. Scored one more pint glass for our collection.
We are staying in a local campground this evening which is very nice – it has showers, laundry and WiFi – what else could we need.