Day 44 – Ennis, MT to Dillon, MT

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 

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…) 

5 thoughts on “Day 44 – Ennis, MT to Dillon, MT

  1. Wendy bratt August 1, 2016 / 1:26 am

    Breathtakingly beautiful photographs. Keep on truckin’ — The climbs look less steep than those straight up and down backroad Vermont hills but a LOT LOT longer, yes? We heard from Aidan about Cowboys in bars and history lessons all along roadsides and in towns. Now you are in the wild Wild West – Enjoy your once in a lifetime (maybe?!) trip/experience. Missoula care package from Meg draws nearer! Love, Mom/Wendy (I speak from experience: Beware Of Dogs!)


  2. Chris/Dad August 1, 2016 / 2:59 pm

    Loving all the awesome photos, Aidan! That first one on today’s blog is a total hero shot. It reminds me of Forest Gump’s walking route.


  3. Wendy Ninteman August 1, 2016 / 5:46 pm

    Hi, I’m a friend of Gil Livingston’s in Missoula Montana. Do you need a place to stay when you are coming through? if so, what’s the best way to coordinate with you?

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    • bikesoveramerica August 2, 2016 / 3:03 am

      Hey Wendy, this is Aidan. Big thank you for the offer but I think we are all set. We were presented with so many great connections it was hard to choose! Thank you for the work you do with the land trust.


  4. TouringTunes August 1, 2016 / 11:04 pm

    Hey, Aidan and Clara! I met Thomas and Wendy on one of my cross-country bike tours. Sorry I haven’t commented sooner, but I’ve been reading your blog and really enjoying your pictures and stories! You’ve now ridden through many places that I also rode through with Petunia the dog, and it’s nice to relive those happy memories. Welcome to Montana! I have recently relocated out here a couple of months ago. I’m living in Missoula, and I would also like to extend a welcome to crash with me in the place I’m renting in a shared house if you need. Please PM me or email me for contact details. If you have time, I’d encourage you to stay in this awesome town a few days! Lots to see and do– tubing the river, hiking, great eats and drinks, and a fun music scene.

    I’m so glad you’re having a wonderful trip, staying safe, and persevering through the heat and long stretches! Montana has a lot to see– glad you’ve already experienced some highlights like Earthquake Lake (so eerie, right?) and Yellowstone, and I had some fun memories in Dillon and Ennis, partly from the scenery and partly from the people I met and the surprising twists and turns that are now some of my favorite crazy travel stories to tell.

    I’m looking forward to reading more of your adventures! All the best!!


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