|Missoula is also the headquarters for the American Cycling Association. Since I am a member, I decided to stop in since it was only a few blocks from my motel. They ended up taking a picture of me to hang on their wall of fame. They also gave me ice cream, juice, a Tshirt and a water bottle.|
Lolo was about 12 miles from where I stayed last night. For sixteen miles after Lolo there is a wonderful bike/jogging trail. You can see by these photos that it is used a lot. There are plans to extend the trail many more miles.
||The cat tails aren't very pretty this time of year but the birds just love playing and hiding in them.|
|These little critters are the cutest things but the farmers are not fond of them. You can see they create big holes in the ground and a horse or cow can break a leg if they step in one of the holes. They have elaborate underground tunnels and they communicate with each other with squeaking sounds. |
||Along the bike trail, there are shaded benches like these. These are put up by Boy Scouts who are getting credit toward their Eagle Scout rating. They collect money from contributions to build these very nice seats.|
|A couple of farm scenes. I love the jagged mountain behind the barn on the left.
|This is John Lester of Missoula. He is known as Cheddar Head by a lot of his friends because he comes from Wisconsin. I met him at the end of the sixteen mile bike path. We talked biking for a bit and I learned that he hiked the Pacific Crest Trail a few years ago. He started in Campo, CA and hiked all the way through deserts and mountains to Canada. The trip was over 2,600 miles long and it took him five and a half months. He averaged close to 18 miles per day carrying over 50 lbs of gear. His highest point was 13,000' on Mt. Whitney. He is anxious to hear from the Peace Corps soon. He put in an application to work in any country. He says it can take two years to get approved but he is hoping to hear something this month. Good luck John! Here is another example of someone doing something simply to help others in need. He will not be paid while in the Peace Corp and it is a two year commitment.