Today we crossed over Lost Trail Pass (7000 feet) made a left turn and over Chief Joseph Pass (7251 feet). The real climbing started about 8 miles before the summit and averaged around 7% grade. For folks from Colorado, the climb is similar to riding from downtown Golden up Lookout Mountain, continuing past the Nature Center to the high point of the road. The road down to Wisdom has beautiful - fresh new pavement for about 20 miles - very nice. We stopped at Big Hole Battlefield Visitor Center, a heart wrenching sad part of American history. Camping in Wisdom tonight.
We are seeing more bike tourists now. After leaving Missoula we met Ben and Haley and have been leap-frogging with them along the route for a couple of days. At “The Crossing” restaurant here in Wisdom we ran across four other tourists staying in town tonight.