Trip Log – Day 96 – Bozeman MT to Helena MT

Bozeman to HelenaAugust 9, 2015 – Sun 80 degrees

Miles Today: 102

Miles to Date: 5,484

States to Date: 21

If there is such a thing as an easy century, this is it: one hundred miles on a cloudless day with a refreshing breeze. Two long, steady assents between three even longer descents. Along the way I met up with hot air balloons giant American flags, and a Tanzanian cyclist on his way from Fairbanks to Terra del Fuego.

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IMG_3400I rode through Manhattan, which actually has a Central Park.

IMG_3411Montana roadsides are littered with white crosses, often more than one per mile, to mark traffic fatalities.  With the speed limit at 70 on even two-lane highways, perhaps the Treasure State should adopt a modified version of New Hampshire’s moniker: Live fast and die.

I cycled past the headwaters of the Missouri and then rode along the majestic river for several hours through the Broadwater Valley. Like my journey, the river is meandering, slow moving, and invites contemplation.


About paulefallon

Greetings reader. I am a writer, architect, cyclist and father from Cambridge, MA. My primary blog, is an archive of all my published writing. The title refers to a sequence of three yoga positions that increase focus and build strength by shifting the body’s center of gravity. The objective is balance without stability. My writing addresses opposing tension in our world, and my attempt to find balance through understanding that opposition. During 2015-2106 I am cycling through all 48 mainland United States and asking the question "How will we live tomorrow?" That journey is chronicled in a dedicated blog,, that includes personal writing related to my adventure as well as others' responses to my question. Thank you for visiting.
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1 Response to Trip Log – Day 96 – Bozeman MT to Helena MT

  1. Deb Greene says:

    Paul, I am truly enjoying following your adventures. I love your writing, the way you tell a story and your day’s adventures is so enjoyable. You are a talented writer. Can’t wait to read your book about your cycling adventure!


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