07/30/2004

Day 61 - 7/30
West Yellowstone, MT to Ennis, MT
75 (3619)

Greg and Vim got a surprise at 2:30 am: sprinklers. Their tents were soaked.

In the morning we each went at our own pace and took off at different times. I spent a lot of time on the phone coming to the realization that my wheel wasn't going to arrive today. After a lot of back and forth, the final verdict was that it would arrive Monday in Dillon, MT.

It felt good to get on the bike-very relaxing. I'm finding solace in just spinning away through beautiful scenery.

Today we passed through land that had been dramatically altered by an earthquake in 1959 that resulted in the creation of a new lake. After the lake the landscape opened up onto a huge barren valley. The forests I met up with Greg again at lunch time. I was hoping to catch a swim in the Madison River that we were riding parallel to, but it was pretty shallow and well-populated by fly fishermen.

We all camped together again in Ennis. Grandma had a late lunch and Vim was on his own, so Greg and I decided to do dinner together. Instead of another restaurant dinner, we figured, let's barbeque!

First we went to the store, which involved walking all the way through town to discover the store we rode by earlier was vacated. We asked a local about another store, which it turned out was in another direction. We should have ridden our bikes.

At the store we filled our basket with New York Steaks, bratwursts, asparagus and other veggies, and some Trout Slayer beer.

We got back to the RV to begin the cookout. First, apparently, I had to assemble the hibachi. What I'm sure would have taken lesser men the better part of a Sunday afternoon to assemble, I through the thing together in 20 minutes. Hunger is a powerful motivator.

Oh the feast we had! The steak was amazing and the fresh roasted veggies more so. We were stuffed silly by the time the potated finished cooking.