Tuesday, June 22, 2004
Big Fork to Lincoln, Montana
Jonathan was in the lead today. Our route was extremely difficult to follow as the map was deficient in the instructions. Several times we came to a closed gate and had to retrace our steps and find an alternate route. We stopped in Seeley Lake on Highway 83 for lunch. I should say that we rode through the town first before we realized that it was a town and turned back to find its only café. Across the street was a general store that advertised “Beans, Bacon and Beer” on the front of the building.
After a great lunch we headed up into the mountains again. We were treated to some spectacular scenery and dusty roads. There were times when the only thing I could see of Jonathan was his dust cloud. We came upon a herd of perhaps ten horses grazing along our road. We stopped and let them graze past us. Some went in front and some behind us but none of them rushed to get across the road and they seemed indifferent to our intrusion.
We next crossed a wide valley with beautiful wildflowers and incredibly green grass. As we climbed up the surrounding mountains we had a great view of the Eden we had just ridden through. We probably sat there for five minutes looking at the beautiful scenery that surrounded us. It is interesting to note that there were a lot of solitary cabins along the road that lead to Lincoln. It was in this immediate area the Uni-bomber, Ted Kazinski, lived before he and his cabin were taken away by the FBI.
Lincoln was a bit of a disappointment as our lodging was a really old 1940’s era motel and my choice of restaurant left a lot to be desired. If we ever go there again I now know of a much better hotel with a great restaurant. It’s not where you are but who you are with that is important. Right?