|Gary, a cycle touring veteran|
The ride of 114 km to Ennis was flat initially and then descended gradually. Early on, signs warned of bison and other wildlife on the road but I saw none.
|Quake Lake; landslip scar at back left|
For a long time the road followed the edge of Hebgen Lake, also known as Earthquake Lake from the manner of its creation in 1959. The quake triggered a landslide that blocked the Madison River, backing it up to form the lake. 28 people were killed. The scar left on the hillside by the landslide is visible today, 53 years after the event.
|Fishing on the Madison|
The road followed the Madison River downstream through a beautiful valley. I saw many people fishing from rowing boats.
|Colin from Yorkshire on a Dawes Galaxy|
I met British cyclist Colin on a five week tour from Seattle to Denver, a favourite route he has cycled several times.
The valley widened and road and river parted company, meeting again just before Ennis. Clouds built up over the mountains to my right.
The ride would have been a total delight had it not been for the rumble strip that marred the last 30 km or so, badly placed in the middle of an otherwise good shoulder. The traffic was moderate but heavy enough that riding in the lane was not a sensible option.