Good NeighboursPosted: July 17, 2013
After loading up our panniers with food for the coming days, we turned south on to Hwy. 93 in Hamilton, Montana. We had seen the telltale signs of a change in the weather most of the day as we headed south from Missoula. Now we were facing it, full force. There were just a few heavy raindrops but the black sky was whipping up the wind into a tempest – heading north. Sand in our eyes and teeth, we were in a race to beat the inevitable downpour at the back end of the wind. We were headed for another Warmshowers host just south of town. And then she appeared. A well meaning samaritan had passed us in her car and pulled over ahead. We saw her get out and start moving towards us on the shoulder almost being blown off her feet in the process. She was saying something but the wind was so loud we couldn’t hear her. As we got closer, it came through. “Are you OK, do you have a place to stay?!” We stopped briefly to tell her where we were headed and found ourselves yelling just to communicate. As it turned out, we were nearly there. We thanked her and she returned to her car and the din of the storm. We made it safely, and just in time to our host’s house.
This blog post is dedicated to all the people who have unconditionally extended friendship and offers of help to us. They are numerous and have been regularly crossing our path. The morning we left Missoula another gal purposely pulled her car over and made sure we knew the best way out of town.
Being friendly is a wonderful way to spread joy between people and we’ve experienced our share of it. We keep remarking to each other that there are a lot of friendly people on our ride so far. It’s comforting and reassuring. It removes all sorts of boundaries that may exist.
We’re now twenty five days into the ride and were camped at the bottom of the Chief Joseph Pass. At 7241 feet it’s the highest summit on the ride so far. Two days from now, we’ll tackle two passes in one day as we head down towards Jackson and Dillon Montana. We’re feeling great and looking forward to the changing landscapes as we head towards Utah. We’ll keep posting when we can – down the road.