July 27, 2010
Good Morning Montana! What a night we experienced! It was a blustery, tent swaying night. I hoped for a calmer day. We left Columbia Falls on SR 206 and rode out into a crisp, breezy morning. The countryside was waking up to a new day as the sun peaked over a nearby ridge. A side wind pushed me off the shoulder of the road toward a wheat field.
Elaine and I turned onto SR 35 and cycled by farmland dotted with barns, horses, small ponds and homesteads. We passed by a brilliant yellow canola field which emitted a pungent mustard smell. A farmer repaired his barbed wire fence while his horse drank from a nearby pond. The wind had finally subsided and once again it was a joy to cycle.
When I entered Big Fork, a wide main street, several local businesses, a mini casino and numerous cherry stands greeted me. I was tempted to grab some cherries, but kept going until I rendezvoused with Rodge and Vanna Blue near our next turnoff. We had a short 42-mile day and I was determined to get into camp early.
After I left Big Fork, a woman who saw the Cycle for Dystonia sign on the van asked Rodge about the tour. He filled her in on the trip and gave her a brochure on dystonia. Little by little, one person at a time we are educating the public about dystonia.
The last ten miles of the day, I followed the Swan River. There was little traffic on the narrow road which passed through woods, and by houses and farms. Soon the river emptied into beautiful Swan Lake. That night we camped at Swan Lake Campground under pine and fir trees. We had a surprise dinner guest. A beautiful doe ate her greens while eyeing us from the outer edge of our camp.