72 miles, 2,880 total (although I think this is a little shy of the actual total miles)
I’m entering this post in front of the Ennis library where there’s WiFi 24/7. I’m using a real estate brochure for a mouse pad and happened across a little home that would make a perfect vacation get-away.
Today’s ride was next to the Madison River for the entire 72 miles. The river is a world-renowned trout-fishing paradise and I saw fishermen wading and floating the river all day long. The river leaves West Yellowstone and once it enters the canyon above Earthquake Lake, it is a turbulent, violent river, coursing among towering mountains. After leaving the canyon and entering the placid valley, it spreads out and meanders at a slower pace.
Views from today’s ride:
One of the most interesting stops along the way was at the visitors’ center for Earthquake Lake. This lake was formed by a 1959 earthquake — the strongest recorded to date in the U.S. — that caused the side of a mountain to collapse into the valley where the Madison River ran. Twenty-eight people died (campgrounds were filled that night) and the blockage of the river formed the huge Earthquake Lake.
Today was a pretty flat ride, but tomorrow, to Dillon, will be a bit more challenging! One stop along the way will be Virginia City, at one time a town of 10,000 inhabitants, but now a tourist attraction where over 300 structures bring the old west to life (over half the structures were built prior to 1900).
Sleeping tonight in a small campground next to the Madison River!