Today I was walking to Deer Lodge where I would meet Cindy and Gary, my next hosts. They are the folks that know Alan, the guy on the bike I met yesterday.
I had BMW again, and wasn't really moving too fast. I knew I had a marathon to walk today (26.2 miles) and still try and bet the storms. I've been lucky the past few days by literally just beating the rain every time Zeph picked me up.
Today turned into a bit of a rough day, but it started off well. I meet another cross-country biker, Nick, and we chatted for a minute, and I stayed on the frontage road for about 6 miles so that was nice and quite. But most of the day I was on the freeway, and the rain from the last few days brought out the moths... in droves!!!! I know someone in-particular who probably would have died today if she was with me... You know who you are :) They drove me crazy, they were EVERYWHERE, I couldn't even open my mouth because they could fly in. There were also a lot of mosquitoes, and all kinds of bugs, it was awful. By the afternoon the clouds had really started to build and the rain came in. I was totally fine with that because the bugs were gone.
I meet a friend of some families I stayed with back in Washington. He brought me some snacks and cold drinks and a donation, thanks Chris! That was really nice, made my day for sure. Not long after that, Gary found me, and picked up BMW, and took it back to the house. I jumped on the frontage road from there, and walked to last 7 miles to the house. It rained off and on, and everyone stopped to ask me if I wanted a ride, so that was nice.
I got into town at 6 and Cindy came and got me. We had meatloaf with potatoes and salad and corn for dinner. Then she was nice enough to take me out and see some of the sights of Deer Lodge; the old prison that looks like a castle, and a one-room school house and the oldest working-ranch in Montana. We stopped at one of her favorite bars and got a beer, then headed home and off to bed I went.