Memories from Israel; and Macedonia, Arizona, France, California, and almost everywhere else we’ve been.
“Hi, Lael is stuck in the mud but she is doing great. We saw her on Medicine Lodge Road and she wanted us to pass this message to you.”
I received this message from two local fishermen, on a day trip from Dillon, MT. They described muddy roads. From the point where they met Lael, it took them “about an hour” to reach the pavement. I’m not sure if that was simply a measure of distance from the road, or the challenging muddy conditions. Lael has reported some clouds and occasional drops of rain since Banff, and a thunderstorm between Helena and Butte. The fishermen reported thunderstorms in the vicinity yesterday afternoon, although they expect the conditions in the area between Polaris and Lima are clearing. Reportedly, they drove into the storm on their drive home to Dillon.
I’ll update when Lael reaches Lima, MT. There may be some walking.
Lael just called from Lima. She was just north of a massive storm yesterday, sunny and windy where she was, with very dark skies in front of her. She continued riding onto muddy roads, which forced her to a stop. She camped for nine hours by the roadside waiting for the road to become passable. She reports that the weather is warm and dry today, although it still took several hours this morning for the road to dry enough to make the effort of overland travel worthwhile. She sounds good, slightly disappointed by the setback, mostly indifferent about the whole thing. She told me, “if this happens again, I might call it. It’s not worth beating myself up for no result.” I agreed. With impending storms in the forecast, she suggested that she may make a big push to reach the Basin, so as not to get stuck on Togwotee and Union Passes, the two highest points on the Divide north of Colorado.
The 907 number which texted me belongs to a guy named Jessie. I mentioned that to Lael and she said he was from Eagle River, AK and works with our friend Jordan.
A plan is in place to get a SPOT tracker to Lael in Idaho. Tour Divide legend Jay Petervary will deposit a tracker to a rural business along the route, south of the rail-trail. Thanks Jay!
Continuing limited updates on the Tour Divide 2015 page on Trackleaders.com.