Day 5 – Seeley Lake to Helena
I awoke feeling like I’d be hit by a truck. The funny thing was I was beginning to get used to this feeling. It was becoming the norm. We left Seeley Lake pretty early and did the nice mellow 2 hour ride into Ovando. Ovando was possibly one of my favorite towns along the route. The Stray Bullet, a little cafe in town had some amazing breakfast and since this was my first proper Tour Divide breakfast, I was psyched! The waitress came up to me when I entered the cafe and asked, “are you Ryan?” They followed the blue dots on Trackleaders and took pictures of all the riders who stopped in and posted them on www.bikepacking.net. They kept track of who was going to be passing through each day and had the grill fired up and ready. It was nice to chat with the other riders and sip coffee in this unique little town.
The ride out of Ovando was through a pretty wide open valley with lots of cattle land. After riding for a while the next mountain chain came into view. It felt good to be on my own for a while and take in the wide open scenery. I was starting to find my rhythm.
After a long climb in the hot sun a few clouds rolled in and it began to look like it was going to storm again. After the event on Richmond Peak I was much more in tune with what the weather was doing and where. Eventually I ended up meeting up with Kevin again and we rolled into Lincoln together. He stopped at the post office to ship some stuff home and I found a place to get some food. We hit the gas station up and then we were off to the next climb.
There was a lot of logging going on in this area of Montana and it seemed a lot of the land was being used in one way or another. We even ended up passing some old mines later in the day.
|Some logging and winding road below.|
|You can see the small fire tower which was where the lightning was cracking down!|
On the descent, it started to rain.
|About to get wet on the descent.|
After a few more climbs, a little rain and lots of cows we reached Helena. It was getting late so we figured we would try and find a place to eat. The Pizza Hut was still open but when we went in they didn’t seem very excited about serving us since they were closing in 10 minutes. So we rode on down the road and found this Brew House with a huge food menu. I quickly ordered a water, coke and a beer, the first one of the trip so far! Followed with chicken fingers, french fries and a pizza. That beer tasted sooooo good!
|1st beer of the trip!|
|Brushing my teeth for the first time on the Divide|