Virginia City is done up as a tourist attraction, with lots of antique stuff in buildings that look as I imagine they might have at the end of the 19th century. I am partial to that period as the fashionable gents of the time sported nose ticklers similar to my own. Anyway, it is not overly commercial and attractive in its own way. Regardless, we looked around from our rolling bicycles and were not tempted to stop for more than a couple of photos.
From there we continued a shallow descent to Sheridan, MT, where we had lunch, after about three hours of riding. Back on the bikes we had a pleasant surprise -- an eight mile 2% downgrade that had us effortlessly rolling along at 20 MPH into Twin Bridges, where we turned toward Dillon, our destination, 28 miles down Hwy 41.
About 15 miles from Dillon we stopped to chat with Park (his name), a 23 year old man from South Korea who is riding the Adventure Cycling Trans Am route from Astoria, Oregon to the Atlantic shore in Yorktown, Virginia (4,200 miles). He gave us each a folding card that explains that this bike tour is an item on his 28 point bucket list, which surely must have lost something in translation.
|Park's "Bucket List"|
Shortly after this encounter, the road morphed into a long series of rollers that I found to be an unexpected and undesired change this late in the day's ride. Fred and I both started have periods of fatigue and energy, but completely out of sync with one another, and for the first time the weather actually felt a bit warm. At any rate, we made it into Dillon and came up beside another cycle tourist, Greg, who is close to the end of the same route as Park, but in the opposite direction. He was quite congenial, and we may encounter him again over the next few days. He is a bit younger than we are and is camping instead of doing motels as we are. Dinner tonight was uninspired Chinese, followed up by some local "Scotch Ale" we acquired at a convenience store.
Today's ride was about 72 miles, a bit over five and a half hours on the bike, and about 2,800 feet of climbing.
We had some especially nice views of the valley as we climbed out from Ennis this morning. Here they are, along with others from the day.
|Across the street from our hotel in Ennis|
|Probably all for the best that they were not open this early in the day. I have more than enough bike jerseys, but I might have been tempted to add one of these to the collection.|
|This is a house with a view that one could never tire of seeing.|
|Beautiful view of the valley out of which we were climbing.|
|A most welcome sign after our 90 minute, 7% climb.|
|On the way into Virginia City. All sold out of 41 cent gas.|
|Virginia City definitely caters to tourists, but relatively tastefully.|
|Lunch spot in Sheridan, MT|