We slept in this morning, waiting for the hardware store to open, so when we got on the road at 8:30, the sun was already beating down on us. We gained over 2,000 feet of elevation in the first 10 miles of the day, then sped downhill into Virginia City. We didn’t spend much time there, although it looked interesting – there were still many miles ahead of us!
Today was another day filled with wind, sun, gritting of teeth, laughing, jumping into streams, eating a lot of food, sleeping whenever possible, meeting nice people, and incredible landscapes.
The miles seemed to just fly by this morning as we traveled along through another basin between mountains. There were also hours of grueling pedaling – but that makes the downhills all the more fun.
Every few days, a dog will come running and barking toward us, but thanks to my mom’s advice, we know to pull out our water bottles. We fling little streams of water at the dogs as a gentle way to keep them away from our tires and toes. And so far, we’ve had a 100% success rate! Today’s dog encounter (a tiny but ferocious-sounding little guy) turned right around and stopped barking in surprise – and the water barely touched him! A wonderful solution.
We’ve been thinking about the Vermont Land Trust a lot as we bike across other states, and we are so happy to be riding for our home state! And here’s our shoutout (long overdue) to Jeanne Doll-Peyron, one of the many people who donated to the cause! Huge thank you to everyone who donated. And although we ended the gofundme fundraiser before we left, we encourage anyone who’s interested to make a donation straight to the Vermont Land Trust! Their website is http://www.vlt.org.
We stopped in Dillon for the night, camping by the side of a river. It wasn’t really a park, so we didn’t get surprised by the sprinkler system this time! (That’s happened 3 times now…)