Thursday, July 1, 2021

Day 24 - June 30, Ennis to Hebgen Lake, 53 miles

The route from Ennis to Hebgen lake took us down US 287.  We could almost take this highway all the home !   In fact we got to ride on mile 1 today.  The road had a nice wide shoulder all the way and this is the main road to Yellowstone from the west.  The route was a steady climb at about 2% with some hills mixed in and a constant head wind.  We headed directly south most of the day with beautiful mountain ranges on all sides.  Western Montana certainly earns its name!  The Madison River runs through this valley & fly fisherman were out in full force today.  Pickup trucks pulling fishing boats or the empty fishing boat trailers were running up and down the road all day.  We stopped at the Earthquake Lake visitors center to learn about the landslide that created the lake and air conditioning was fantastic!  We finished with a climb up to Lake Hebgen and the cabins we are staying at. We have been staying just ahead of the heat wave and trying to get in by 1 pm each say.  Looking forward to a short ride to West Yellowstone tomorrow.

Leaving Ennis at 7:15 am - beautiful mountains - nice shoulder on the road!

People Fly fishing everywhere!

Beautiful Lake Hebgen - the storm is actual over West Yellowstone in the distance

1 comment:

  1. You're passing through the country described in Norman Maclean's classic "A River Runs Through It"; he mentions fly fishing often.

    I hope your heat-dodging strategy works. Portland's recent 116 degrees would be too much for me.