Start: Along Interstate 15
Finish: Butte, MT
Today’s miles: 17.8
Total miles: 694.7
Divide crossings: 1
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.
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.
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.
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.