We got up early, planning to do 75. We had to get over the pass before the wind picked up. I took advantage of the shower and Quenton took advantage of the microwave for breakfast. Packing is always easier when I don’t have to take down the tent. All I needed for the night was my sleeping bag.
The pass was not a high one and the day looked to be an easy ride. I caught up to Quenton about halfway up the pass. He had stopped to eat some ramen. I continued on and did not see him again until we stopped for the night. The climb took us up and around Earthquake Lake. There was a geologic visitor center there, but I felt like riding. Coming out of the pass I went by a herd of mountain goats hanging out on the side of the road. They didn’t budge when cars went by but they scared when I approached.
From the top, it would be all downhill to Ennis. Thirty miles of a long, slow downhill. The road followed the Madison River and it was filled with trout fishermen. They were all in these funny boats with a bow on both ends and a guide with oars. Every now and then I would see a transport truck drive by and return with a boat and load of fishermen.
About 10 miles from Ennis I ran into a rain storm. I stopped just before getting wet and set up against a fence post for lunch. The storm was moving Northwest just like me, so I sat and waited for it to move up the road. Before then I was running 18-20 mph. This was the first time I had to purposefully slow my pace. I kept pace around 10 mph to not get too close to the storm. When it finally moved North of the road I passed it by and road into Ennis. I explored the town, went into a couple outfitter stores, and then settled on an old fashioned soda fountain to rest at before heading on.
Quinton arrived into town and called to find out where I was. He was at the library and the librarian told him that Willie’s Distillery allowed cyclists to camp in their yard. I went to their tasting room to sign up and did a tasting while I was there. Afterwards I went back to the library to type and download a movie.We set up camp and lounged the rest of the evening before going to bed. If you like the smell of baking bread, you would like the distillery. I got a whiff of the fermenting yeast with every breath. It was a warm night because of the storm front coming in and I got a good night of sleep. I hardly noticed the rain when it started.
Great pics.. cool you avoided the storm