Friday, June 24, 2011

Wise River

Joe and Cory test driving the recumbent tandom: The Big Hole River: the Tribe at the Wise River Club enjoying the music: cattle drive through town.

Wednesday's ride was a long haul for the tribe: 75.3 miles from Dillon into Wise River, climbing Badger Pass and climbing up the Pioneer Mountain Scenic Byway, then down through Grasshopper Gulch and then 30 more miles into Wise River.  They hit 6,760 feet at Badger Pass!  It was a glorious day for a ride, heating up in the afternoon as they wheeled into the "dot on the map" Wise River that hosts two saloons, one merchantile, one hotel (part of one of the saloons), one restaurant and the community center that we used for meals.  We were a little spread out, camping at the school, dining a few blocks away at the c. center, then showering in rooms at the hotel/cabins a few more blocks away.  Marker Bob had arrows going every which way around town!

The tribe feasted on a Spring Green salad, honey spiced pork chops, steamed fingerling potatoes, creamy polenta, sauteed mushrooms and spinach, and pound cake with fresh strawberries with pineapple.  The polenta was a big hit, especially topped with the veggies!  Yumm.

After dinner we were treated to live music at the Wise River Club.  The band that Tony hired did not show, so the owner, a character of a Scott's Man, picked up his guitar and a friend and gave a great performance.  Evidently he played with a band that opened for Van Halen way back when.  It was a fun way to wind down a long, long, day.

We got the tribe up and out early for another quite long day of 54 mles to Butte.  They wander along to the mining town of Anaconda, then up to Fairmont Hot Springs then into Butte where we will camp at Montana Tech.  It's going to be another hot day, thunder showers predicted for the afternoon.  We got held up going out of town as we encountered a cattle drive going up the canyon.  The babies are so cute!  But talk about a smelly, messy way to cover 5 miles!

We will have a layover day in Butte.  Lot's of exploring to take place with the mines and the old downtown!

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