Day 26 – Butte, MT

7.18.2012
Start: Along Interstate 15
Finish: Butte, MT
Today’s miles: 17.8
Total miles: 694.7
Splats: 0
Divide crossings: 1
Wildlife:

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My thoughts this morning: “what is this idiot [me] doing riding down the interstate on a unicycle?” I felt my attire made the scene even more entertaining. My new long pants and new long sleeve (and still bright white) button down shirt made me feel like a businessman on his morning commute into Butte. By the time I got to the 15 / 90 interchange I felt pretty hardcore to be navigating on and off ramps on one wheel.

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I took Exit 127 for Harrison St and immediately found myself at the Outdoorsman, a local bike shop. They weren’t open yet so I searched out coffee down the street and relaxed after my interstate escapade. When I returned to The Outdoorsman, I was immediately asked if I was riding the Divide (without any hesitation from my ‘lack’ of a wheel, which was awesome). I answered ‘yes,’ and was immediately whisked off to the ‘divide rider lounge’ given a free water bottle and gels, and given a spot on the bike stand for he uni. Who knows, maybe I just smelled bad and they were trying to get me out of the showroom.

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Still at The Outdoorsman, I ran into Kyle who is riding the route northbound in memory of his father, Neil Karlson, and to raise $2,754 ($1 per mile) for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. You can visit his blog and learn more about his trip at http://www.kyleridesthedivide.blogspot.com. Kyle and I have split a campsite for he night at the KOA campground.

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I was excited to find another Taco del Sol here and I introduced Kyle to the fish burrito. After, we wandered uptown Butte for a bit. The town is a little depressing; half the spaces seem to be abandoned. I searched out more coffee and decided to stop in at the Jailhouse coffee shop. I waited in line behind a small group for about half an hour to get my watered down cup of joe. 0 for 2 on coffee in Butte. I walked back to the KOA, glad to have taken the time to wander through the town, but ready to be on my way as well.

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Day 26 – Butte, MT — 2 Comments

  1. Hey Gen,
    I was checking out your blog and I saw the picture we took in Butte outside the bike shop. Nice! Hope all is going well with your ride. I’m back in Albuquerque, NM and back to the real world. Lucky i do like mycardiac rehab job at the University of New Mexico Hospital, or I would be really depressed thinking about not being out on the Divide trail. Anyway, I’ll keep up with your ride and good luck