Day 43 – West Yellowstone, MT to Ennis, MT

Our new friends made us coffee this morning, which was perfect after a chilly breakfast! 

Our hands eventually warmed up, but it took almost an hour of biking. A few days ago, I would have given anything to be cold though, so I couldn’t really complain. We saw some serious mountains ahead of us, but as it turned out, the road snaked through the valleys between them. So we got the views, but were able to keep an average speed of about 12 mph.  



Now that we’re on a section of the Adventure Cycling route, we have started seeing many more bikers, all carrying different amounts of gear. We passed two solo bikers this morning, but only waved as we went by, as they in both cases they were cruising down a hill. 


One highlight of today was that we saw a golden eagle! I’d been researching how to tell them apart from other similarly colored birds like vultures – when it flew directly overhead, its impressive size was the giveaway. The view was incredible from our low vantage points, so I can only imagine what that eagle must have been experiencing up there. The majestic bird disappeared with silent wings, almost floating away over the mountains. 


Another fascinating and awe-inspiring sight today was Earthquake Lake. From reading signs, we learned that it had been formed after the largest earthquake in the Rockies caused an avalanche and subsequently a dam in the river. The water pooled up into what is now a beautiful lake, a peaceful scene in such contrast to its origin. 


We kept going for 70 miles before taking a break for more than about 10 minutes here and there for food. We totally booked it for the last 10 miles, and were so relieved to make it into the town of Ennis. 


After refilling water bottles and collapsing in comfy chairs in the library for a few minutes, we made our way down to the Madison River which runs along the edge of the town. It was never more than a couple feet deep, but we were content. 

We were pretty wiped out after biking straight until 2:00, but we found some shade to recuperate in. The plan was to continue on to Virginia City, 14 miles (mostly up) ahead, but after we went grocery shopping the hardware store had closed. We are now in dire need of fuel for the stove, and we heard Virginia City would likely be of no use to us in that department, so we got permission to set up camp in town.

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7 thoughts on “Day 43 – West Yellowstone, MT to Ennis, MT

  1. Barbara McKay July 30, 2016 / 3:44 am

    Fabulous photos and some excellent stories. Thanks so much for sharing your adventure!

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  2. Harvey Schnopps July 30, 2016 / 7:27 am

    I used to have a part coyote, part huskie in Ketchikan , Alaska. I would have thrown chocolate cookies at the one chasing you! First time I came across country was back in 1976 in a gas crisis. Unfortunately we were in a gas guzzler and not on a bike . Hope to see you 2 soon, you will probably have the same hot ride all the way to Portland.
    Take care you guy’s!
    Great Uncle Harvey Schnopps

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  3. orchardcovephotography July 30, 2016 / 12:11 pm

    Getting your emails is a highlight of my day -I love reading about your adventures!! I wish I had known you were going through Ennis – the woman who quilts my quilts lives there….maybe she would have hosted you. Oh well – onward. Be swift!

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  4. Shane Walden July 30, 2016 / 3:11 pm

    Hello Clara and Aidan,
    It’s wonderful to follow you two with your blog. I’m Shane and my wife, Kim, and I met you at the Belle Fourche campground at Devil’s Tower in Wyoming. When you two were just leaving your site , packing up and heading up to the Visitors Centre there. We gave you some Clif bars. We are both back home in Cincinnati after our 3 week road trip out west and reflecting on the adventures we had. This includes all of the great people that we met. You two were amongst many that we recall with delight. Thank you
    I want to wish you good luck for the last stages of your epic ride. Keep your spirit up, keep those pedals turning.
    All the best to you both, love from Ohio. Shane & Kim.

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  5. Chris / dad July 31, 2016 / 1:10 am

    Your trip; and the contacts you are having with fine people from all walks of life; with many critters great and small; and with landscapes humble and mighty, is giving me a much-needed reminder of what I love about this country….and this great big blue planet…that we call home. xoxo – your old man

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  6. Meg Berlin July 31, 2016 / 5:04 pm

    Hey, you two!! Did you make it to Missoula? How’s trix? Hoping you got that box which could take you another few days down the road. Like so many of others, your blog posts are the highlight of my day and I can’t wait to read what you’ve seen, who you’ve met and where you’ve napped/eaten. Keep on truckin’! You must be over the continental divide soon!

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    • bikesoveramerica August 1, 2016 / 1:29 am

      Hi Meg! We’re getting close to Missoula and are so excited for your package!! You’ll definitely hear about it in the blog soon. 🙂

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