Muddy Ride in Montana

Mountain Biking in Montana

Life is good in Montana.  Andy and I had the downtown tour of Livingston, MT this morning.  It’s very satisfying to wake up and realize that we did not have to drive for a whole day.  Walk out the door and a few minutes later there’s the Yellowstone River, then there’s Main street and the downtown.  After we adjusted bikes, and cleaned them, Andy, Lincoln, and I put up our ultralight tents – Andy has the Z-Pack Hexamid , Lincoln the new Contrail,  and I set up the Moment.

In the afternoon,  Lincoln, Andy, and I went for a bike ride of almost two hours,  right out the door from here on 9th Street. After a few miles on the pavement out of town, we climbed up onto some high hills and just kept up on a roller coaster of  a rutted gravel and mud back road.

Mud Ahead

It got to the point where the mud increased- the driver of a pickup truck coming toward us rolled down his window and advised up that it got increasingly muddy and rutted ahead, so we turned back and wound out way back.

Dinner was at the Murray, where us guys and Stephanie each ordered a specialty wood-fired oven pizzas for $5 and sampled some local drafts.  It’s much colder here than I expected- 30’s this morning, and there is lighter snow down to 5,500 feet, with thick cover above 7,000 feet.

About tjamrog

I'm sixty-seven and live in the Maine woods. I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2007, the Pacific Crest Trail in 2010, Vermont's Long Trail in 2011, and the Continental Divide Trail in 2013 . I am outdoors every day. I offer guided backpacking trips and classes in Maine, through "Uncle Tom's Guided Adventures".
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3 Responses to Muddy Ride in Montana

  1. Clarkie says:

    looks like another great Opie Day for you!

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  2. Kevin Weir says:

    Eat, Sleep, Ride: How I Braved Bears, Badlands, and Big Breakfasts in My Quest to Cycle the Tour Divide by Paul Howard
    Great account of the Montana mud.

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    • tjamrog says:

      What we encountered was not the same mud that is described in the book. That mud is like concrete. We had normal mud that releases when the wheels speed up.

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