#acaNoTier Cardston, Alberta to Cut Bank, MT, 73 miles | 1,000 Miles Completed!

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Nice, nice ride today and that wasn’t what we were expecting – not that we are Debbie Downers but it was that forecast we kept checking…

Tailwinds, downhills and very little traffic – most everything a cyclist could ask for. And lots of wide open spaces.

We encountered only about 10 raindrops all day and that’s when we walked out the door. Yay!

After making oatmeal with walnuts and craisins at the hotel we chomped down bagels slathered with peanut butter for breakfast and of course lots of coffee. Push ups, planks and prayers and we were on our way.

We didn’t eat again until we rolled into Cut Bank a little over 70 miles later. Well there was that bag of Tootsie rolls that jumped in my bag at the little market in Del Bonita and the peanuts Tom snacked on. We need to do better on that today.

We were ready for food when we finished at Cut Bank having completed our first 1,000 miles. Cut Bank is known as the place where the Rockies meet the plains.

Coincidentally the Cut Bank Brewery was on the way to our camp spot in an RV Park and the food truck was just pulling in so problem solved.

We are finding that averaging 70 miles a day works well for us but we are hoping for some higher mileage days if we get some westerly winds to carry us.

Also trying to eat only one meal out and cooking two in camp is working well. We will see how the next couple weeks go.

My day began with a missed opportunity to love though, and it’s been on my mind all day.

We had just read through the gospel and darned if I didn’t miss an opportunity.

Within 100 yards of leaving the hotel we were approached by a native named Jim, in need of quite a bit of dental work, and wearing a Brett Farve Jersey. He asked for money and although we didn’t have any Canadian money, I did have a Payday in my bike bag. He probably would have been thrilled had I handed it over.

I just couldn’t get Jim off my mind all day. Usually when there is a missed opportunity to concretely love someone, there is another chance shortly after. None today but maybe there will be tomorrow. It would have been just so easy to think a little longer about what he needed than thinking of my fast response.

Tom is fast asleep after cleaning the bikes, lubing the chains and showering up. The cows are lowing, the trains are rolling by. Out of one side of the tent there is a tepee and the other side, the sunset. Oh and did I mention there is WiFi?

What a charmed life we are living. #grateful

11 thoughts on “#acaNoTier Cardston, Alberta to Cut Bank, MT, 73 miles | 1,000 Miles Completed!”

  1. Woohoo! 1000 miles down! Looks so beautiful everywhere you have been. Thanks for the reminder to look for those small opportunities to serve others! Love you guys!

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  2. 25% done! Interesting how the topography changes so quickly. Probably nice to be on relatively flat land for a while. Remember to wear sunscreen even if it’s cloudy, says your “Irish Twin”. Oh, the Summer solstice is tomorrow meaning the days start getting shorter as we approach another cold dark Winter. Cheers!!

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    1. Booo for winter. 😒 Have been using lots of screen (when not raining). There has been so much daytime here we haven’t used our headlamps once!

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    1. Thank you Chris! We just finished riding for the day. It was a beautiful day and we are so grateful. A few cross winds and road construction but we kept calm… and pedaled on. 🚴🏼‍♂️❤️🚴🏼‍♀️

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  3. Congratulations on your first big milestone! I don’t know how you do it? I love the videos (and the soundtrack selections) but I get so nervous thinking you are taking your hands off the handlebars. I know exactly about your “lost opportunity” and done the same thing. A couple of time I have even turned around after I listened to the voice in my head and freaked a few people out as to why I was returning. Happy trails! (and PS: I could not get the “ride stats” to open today. I just wanted you to know I check the map every day to see how many of the roads I know). I meant to send this one after Glacier. “It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves” – Edmund Hillary

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    1. Garry thanks for your comments! Don’t worry about me using the iPhone to shoot video – it’s only one hand on smooth roads with no traffic. I’ll check on riding stats now. Thanks much for the heads up on that. 👍🏻

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