Gathering the hopes of Americans in their letters and sending them to space
Ride Part 2 – Butte to St. Paul
Ok, so I had to split up the first half of our trip—hope this makes your picture navigating easier!!! There are a couple of pictures from Butte in the first album and the last couple ended up here. We’ll see if I have to add yet another before we get “home” in a few weeks.
As always, we started the day at the post office where Gary talked to the carriers before we headed out to ride.
The mountains have not stopped amazing me!
Yes, the obligatory picture of Gary riding on the road from Butte to our next stop.
Far in the distance you can see Gary riding against the backdrop of the mountains...
Our home for the evening....the Bozeman KOA---a beautiful park with streams running through and great facilities!
He bicycles, he gathers hope, he gives pedicures and he cooks!! What more could I ask for?
We took a beautiful back road from Bozeman to Livingston and this is what we had to share our road!
A good chunk of Gary's ride was downhill...with the wind at his back, it was a great day of riding!
Gary hit 47mph coming down the "mountain" toward Livingston. Here he is almost to the level. Looks a little pleased with himself, I think!
We stayed at a lovely RV park in Livingston...quiet, peaceful and great showers!
As we were exploring a bit, I took this pic from our RV site....still I say WOW!
On the way to Yellowstone, the Bendens took us to Helen's for the biggest cheeseburgers I've ever see! Check out the picture on the sign and the saying....
What a mouthful! These cheeseburgers were huge and soooo good. And we managed to finish them!
It's so hard to capture the immensity, the beauty and the grandeur of Yellowstone---but what an incredible treat to get to see it!
I've been talking about wanting to see a bear since we left St. Paul three weeks ago----finally got him!!
Gary took this picture of the bison---notice the bird on the bison's back. We were literally a few feet away from him as he grazed by the side of the road.
This is a beautiful photo yet it still doesn't come close to actually being there---it'll be a great memory!
As always, we started the morning at the post office....Livingston is a great place with great people!
Ok, so not really conquering them, but Gary took this great picture---I had no idea the mountains were behind me...
Gary noticed this gentleman while passing on his bicycle---he called me to come back with the RV, and he brought the man some food. The man spoke no English, but merely smiled and said "Gracias"...and that is the kind of hope Gary wants to instill---that people can do positive things, no matter how small they may seem.
The farther east we get, the more the terrain changes. We're out of the mountains, and down to the hills!
We had some rain, and we had some sun and we got----a rainbow!!
Yes, I can still play the piano after three weeks of not. We got my keyboard out while we were in Billings and I played for a while...good times:)
As we were driving down the frontage road to the KOA in Billings, we came across something that didn't seem like it should belong....a peacock ambling across the street....wacky, but beautiful!
Gary got to spend some quality time dropping a line in the Yellowstone River as our campsite was on the river.....relaxing!
Three boys were playing seemingly out in the middle of the river----they were having a great time! Oh, to be young again!!
We stopped at the Yellowstone Girls and Boys Ranch---as we made our way to the administration building we found ourselves on Ray of Hope Ln and knew we were on the right street!
As we always try to do, Gary spoke with the carriers in Billings to give some hope and get some hope!
The wind was at our back so the riding was fast and easy....Gary coasts along, enjoying it all the way!
I got to ride about 6 miles and enjoyed my share of coasting too!
The scenery just keeps changing as we move eastward!
You certainly don't see this in St. Paul!
Yes, the day wouldn't be complete without a picture of Gary riding in Montana!
Passed a lot of these while riding from Miles City to Baker, MT.
Our RV site was right on a little lake in Baker, and we were treated to a glorious sunset...
Ok, so I should have had this picture on the way out to Seattle, but took it as we were leaving Montana and going into North Dakota.