Day 54: Lincoln, MT July 10, 2007Posted by jonpierson in Uncategorized.
I am taking a day or two of rest here in Lincoln. This past week has been a tough one. A fall, a ruined wheel, a sore back, 7 flats, a broken rack, and now a cold! Ouch. I am trying to not let all of these events break my spirit, but it is hard. I have just over 300 more miles in the US and then 220 in Canada. The thought has entered my mind that perhaps I should skip Canada. That would allow me more rest time right now, which I really do need.
Right now I have 12 more days to complete the whole trail, which means I’m looking at 40-50 miles of riding per day. On a good day, that’s no problem. In fact, I’ve gotten my total weight so low, that I could probably do even more. But I can only do that when feeling well. The past 2 days have been perhaps the hardest of the entire trip. It’s been hard for me to ride up the passes here in Montana. They are super steep, and take a lot out of you regardless. Yesterday I had no choice but to hitch up Stemple Pass, just to make sure I’d be able to ride this morning into Lincoln and get to a motel asap. I am starting to feel better already, and am actually looking foward to a break from the bike.
One exciting announcement.. Northern Arizona University may publish a short article about my ride! That would be awesome. Who knows, if they cover it, maybe the AZ Daily Sun would be interested as well! This could go national! Well, I don’t know about that, but it would be cool to receive a little press, especially right now during the “home stretch.” It would certainly give me a moral booster! Updates on that to come.
I do have phone service, so any friends or family wishing to call me SHOULD! I would love to hear from you.
Thanks to everyone who reads this page and keeps up with my trip. And a special thanks to those who take the time to leave a comment. I love reading them, and believe me, they make a difference.