Cycling Advocates Ride to Pro Walk Pro Bike 2006

Daily Trip Log

from Vancouver B.C. to Madison, Wisconsin

Picture of Vancouver, BCGrouse Mountain Vancouver B.C.
from Missoula to Deer Lodge, MT
Date: 2006-08-09
Distance: 135 Kilometres
Cycling Time: 6.61 Hours
Average Speed: 20.35 kph
  Trip Distance since Leaving Vancouver 1,317 Kilometres  
Thoughts for the Day  

Two flats in a day are just too much, especially when we were trying to get an early start to the day.


It was 7:00 am in the morning and I was at the motel’s front desk checking out.when John informs me that our departure has been delayed. The rear tire on his bike was flat. Then, as we were ready to leave the restaurant in Drummond at the end of lunch, I noticed that the rear wheel on my bike was not full. An external examination indicated a wire stuck through the tire. So, another hour was lost.

Despite it all that we did manage to make Deer Lodge by 5:00 pm.

  It was an excellent day for cycling. The sun which became quite hot by the afternoon was covered for periods during the day by clouds. A cloud even dropped one drop of water on me. The remnant of the 100 kph winds of yesterday, while much lighter, propelled us towards our destination with the body being a sail. The elevation change today was minor with long 1.5 to 2 kilometres or more ascends and descends at reasonably cycling grades.

The landscape changed as we cycled further from Missoula. The valley that the Interstate Highway followed widened. The pine trees on the hills became farther spread out. More peaks of hills were bare. The hills colours changed to more pastel shade of light and deeper browns. The valley spread out into plateaus. The mountain tops became more dimples than majestic mountains. There was more farming happening along the way. It was still very much semi-arid.

Service along the highway became quite sparse with only two places having any food along the ride.


Cycling Facilities


Interstate Highway 90      
  For today, the interstate hade wide paved shoulders except for two bridges were a white edge line was painted about .75 metres from the road edge. The road was mainly paved with rumble strips along the right white line.

  Rumble Strip    
    For many sections of the highway, the road had interrupted sections without rumble strips allowing cyclists to access the inside lane for purposes of overtaking or missing debris o the shoulder.

  For other sections, the rumble strip was continuous and to the right of the inside white line.

    For my bike it was easy to cycle over the rumble strip. For John’s bike it was a bit bumpy.

  Shoulder Maintenance    
  For most sections of the highway the shoulders were relatively clean, except for some piece of rethreaded tires left behind by trucks. On one bridge in particular desperately needed cleaning for safe cycling. It was littered with gravel, tire pieces, and other materials.

  Cattle Guard    
  Too many of the access ramps on and off the highway had cattle guards that were a bit nerve racking for some to cycle across and also difficult to walk across in cycling shoes. It would have helped to have a narrow section of plate on eh guards for walking and cycling across.