I didn’t have a good feeling about today. I was afraid my legs would be dead after feeling so good yesterday. I was afraid the route through the mountains I selected would be too hard. Turns out, I was worried for nothing.
It was a warm, sunny day till right at the end when I barely stayed ahead of a small rain shower dropping into Helena.
I took Highway 200 out of Lincoln after breakfast. After 11 miles, I turned right onto Flesher Pass Road. It was a quiet road and less than 10 cars passed me during the first 3 hours or so.
It wasn’t long before the guardrails appeared and the switchbacks began. I kept a steady tempo and never had to go lower than 3rd gear which is my favorite cog to climb in.
My reward was an 8-mile descent without having to turn my pedals.
The rest of the trip into Helena was through a broad valley where hay seems to be the crop of choice. BTW, I’ve been looking for Gus and Call’s herd, but so far, no luck.
Finally rejoined the route in downtown Helena and checked into a no-tell hotel. After dinner, I ran into a couple riding northbound. They told me to do the Boulder Alternate which confirmed my choice to do just that.
My physical state is excellent as is my attitude. Saddlesores are still there, but seem to be on the mend. All systems GO. Looking forward to Butte tomorrow.