Trip Log – Day 99 –Ovanda MT to Missoula, MT

Ovando to MissoulaAugust 12, 2015 – Sun 90 degrees

Miles Today: 57

Miles to Date: 5,534

States to Date: 21

Any day that starts in Ovanda is a good day. I woke in my shepherd’s wagon with more energy than it takes to keep a few sheep in line, ate a stupendous breakfast at The Stray Bullet, downed two cups of their savory coffee, had an introductory lesson into fly fishing as a metaphor for life, and was still on the road before nine. True, I was headed into a storm but that hardly seemed to matter.

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The storm proved short lived, the sun came out, and the ride into Missoula through the Blackfoot Valley was just one gentle downslope after another. The lumber mill town of Bonner had delightful rows of worker’s cottages all painted with matching trim with a row of street trees. So simple and elegant – why has contemporary architecture forgotten the power of repetitive pattern in its quest to make every building distinctive?

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I got flummoxed when I had to ride along I-90 for the last five miles. Yikes – no shoulders at the bridges. I still managed to find Missoula’s famous deli, Worden’s, in time for a late lunch. I spent the afteimagesrnoon in my fourth cool, trendy, Montana city, arranged interviews about tomorrow for tomorrow, and pedaled to my warmshowers host for summer veggie lasagna, local beer, and banana bread so full of chocolate chips it should have been called a brownie.

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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5 Responses to Trip Log – Day 99 –Ovanda MT to Missoula, MT

  1. Gale says:

    Have you been to Missoula? Or past it already? My cousin and her husband live there. LMK if you want contact info.


  2. Familiar with Missoula – flew in and out several times a few years back – before driving a few hours to the school (now closed I believe) to which we sent our son. He ended up staying two years.


  3. Kathy Schoendoerfer says:

    Ovando was more than happy to have you as a guest and I was extremely pleased you met up with family in Mission Viejo almost 100 days later.


    • paulefallon says:

      My journey is is like a ripple in a pool, each experience expands from the last one. I met you, through you I met Scott and Karen, and through them I met Susan and Jerry, Lisa and Toby. I appreciate each opportunity and each interaction.


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