The almost obligatory picture of Red Rock Pass, which is the border between Idaho and Montana.
Made it to Butte just minutes before a heavy hailstorm broke loose. But by then I was enjoying lunch inside and had my bike in Rob Leipheimers shop getting another tune up. You are seeing the back of Rob's shops.
The walls in the bike shop are decorated with some of the jerseys that his brother Levi won over the years.
Now it is time to get on the freeway - I 15 out of Butte. Strangely enough, riding on the freeway isn't that bad and in fact much better than some of the smaller roads. While there is a lot of very fast traffic, there is also a very wide shoulder. So less unpleasant and probably safer than other stretches on pavement.
After a little while, I peeled off and set up camp. Ross went on for a few hours, but I had no strength. Bearproofing my food supply:
This year was an extremely snowy year and many snow shortcuts were in place. However, I had been looking forward to the full route and especially the Flathead area in Montana and Canada, so I did not take those shortcuts but stayed on the original route. Only one other person tried it, Justin from Colorado, but he was a southbounder and therefore had to fight with much tougher conditions than I. He really was breaking trail in expedition mode, whereas I just had to deal with a bit of extra snow hiking and more mileage.
Red Meadow Lake, usually hopping with 4th of July vacationers, but this year, much of the lake was frozen and all the picnic benches were under snow.