Dillon, Montana to Missoula, Montana
Miles Traveled Today: 214.6
Total Miles: 3023.1
The first hour of the trip today we played dodge 'em again, only this time it wasn't with ring-necked pheasants like in the Dakotas. Instead it was the type of animal that Lewis and Clark actually captured and sent back to President Jefferson alive. Know what it is? Check the end of the blog to find out. Luckily no one was harmed, although quite a few escaped within inches of their lives.
Our first stop was the Big Hole National Battlefield.
Just a few miles up the road we reached Chief Joseph Pass, which is also the continental divide. Clark chose this route on his return trip. He and Lewis had gone over Lemhi Pass on the way west, and we would have preferred that route, but the road is all dirt and gravel, which is very dangerous with the big bikes we ride. Better to be safe than sorry.
By the way, the answer is prairie dog. There were also some ground squirrels dodging us as well.