Day 13: Havre, MT to Sleeping Buffalo, MT
We woke up in Havre, MT. This morning was one of the better “continental breakfasts” that I’ve had on this trip. If you travel, you know that they vary greatly. Anyway, I tried to fill up as much as possible because I had another hundred-mile plus day ahead of me.
The first couple of hours went pretty well and generally I had a bit of a tailwind. I was feeling great about 60 miles in. Around mile 70, the headwinds came and I could see the storm off in the distance. The riding continues to be mostly flat and there isn’t a whole lot to report, but there is definitely a beauty in the open plains of central and eastern Montana.
I love that I can now say eastern Montana… I am making progress across this very large ”Big Sky" state. It is a LONG way across this state! I only rode through a handful of small towns today… Maybe four or five at most. It was pretty much me and the open road.
Around mile 80, the headwinds really picked up and the riding became more difficult. Soon thereafter, the rain started and by mile 90, it was a full-fledged rainstorm. I was actually riding into a flash flood potential area according to NOAA.
Over the next 20 miles, the rain came in waves and was harder at times but would let off for a few minutes. I was very relieved to arrive at Sleeping Buffalo Hot Springs about a mile off the main highway.
The only bummer was that despite my enthusiasm for the hot springs tonight, they are “out of order”. Bummer. Not really sure how that happens, but there are pools that they fill and it is all under construction.
We are definitely off the beaten path but our accommodations are at least nice this evening. Plus, we have a kitchen and my wonderful mother cooked us dinner! More long, flat riding tomorrow....