Day 4 - Thompson Falls, Montana to Missoula,
had a time change the night before, and since the day was so short,
Lon and Susan decided to let us sleep in an extra half hour, so
we started at 7AM. I had a little extra energy and ended up with
a little bit faster group after the first snack stop. We were
taking a detour that Pete was supposed to be painting, but since
we weren't stopping to paint arrows, we caught him. We found the
correct roads and rolled along happily. Susan kept a small group
of us together for a while with her stories. The group was pretty
fast, but stuck together for conversation. It would be the only
time I could keep up with Robert, practically a neighbor of mine
from nearby Belmont Massachusetts, who I had just met a month
before the trip. Also riding with this group was Darren, a field
engineer from Atlanta, Craig, who worked and trained with Darren
sometimes in California, Jane, who's name I recognized from a
RAAM qualifier we had both done in Johnstown, NY, as well as Susan,
Renee and Julie.
We stayed together until just before lunch when we hit some big
rollers. A fifteen mile gradual climb after lunch broke the group
up, but Renee, Julie and I finished together. I had hoped to get
into the massage line first that evening, and I hovered around
waiting for Phil to set up. Then Renee, Julie and I explored Missoula
in search of interesting places and a bike shop, and eventually
found one, but there was nothing I really had to buy. After dinner
we did walk by the BikeCentennial offices, but they were closed.
I did find some really great postcards at the hotel and bought
enough to last the three days that we would spend in Montana.
The cutest one showed a bird on a bike passing a deer on a bike
and was labeled "Passing the Buck".