On Saturday (June 27) I rode my Martinsdale Mail Run Permanent for the second time. The first time I rode it was in October of 2008. On that ride my water bottles froze solid on both crossings of Battle Ridge Pass.
The forcast for Saturday promised to be nice (70's, sunny, and no chance of rain). Oh yeah, the weatherman noted-it might be a little breezy. Well breezy in Central Montana-in places like Wilsall, Ringling, and Martinsdale-means an unrelenting 20 mph west wind when I'm out there on my bike. The wind blew me to Martinsdale on Highway 294 without hardly pedaling. It was hard to enjoy the free ride though as I knew what as in store on the 25 mile, mostly uphill, trek back brom Martinsdale to US Highway 89. But after a nice lunch at the Crazy Mountain Inn I was up to the task. The 7-10 mph grind was brutal-but at least I had a quiet road and pleasant scenery to enjoy while doing it.
I love the wide openness of the plains in Montana, the big blue sky, the rolling fields, the distant mountains, and the friendly small towns. I could just do without the wind!
It was a tough, long, 16 hour day, but I got it done.