Wicked Tailwinds Through Earthquake Lake – Day 60

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Day 60 West Yellowstone, MT To Ennis, MT
July 22, 2016
73.2 Miles for the day
3,127.9 Total miles for trip
4:27 Ride Time

Photo Jul 22, 9 04 10 AM

I rolled outta bed and had breakfast at the restaurant with Mike and Vin. We met a westbound college kid, Nelson. He’s been riding really hard and left Virginia about 30 days ago. He’s got a deadline and has been flying across America.


I cleaned up all my shit at the hostel like a champ and was on the bike ready to ride at 10am with a good attitude.


Riding away from West Yellowstone was really nice. There was a long downhill before we turned off towards Quake Lake, which took us out of town. My bike feels a lot better. Before Melissa tuned up my wheels, the bike felt like both wheels were just going to fly off. She said my headset was also loose, which she thinks was making the wheel problem worse.

All day the scenery was just fantastic. Montana is absolutely beautiful. It feels soo damned great to be here. I love Montana!


Earthquake lake is pretty interesting. In the 50’s there was a terrible earthquake here, lots of people died and the landscape drastically changed creating an lake where there wasn’t one previously.


Getting past Earthquake Lake was pretty tough. It’s a huge wind tunnel between two really big valleys. However once I pushed past it. Ranger Mike Vin and I all caught an amazing 20 mph tailwind. Maybe the strongest tailwind of the trip. We easily rode about 20 miles of gentle downhill with that tailwind. It was a beautiful thing.


The 3 of us all stopped in a little town called Cameron to rehydrate.

Sometimes when you have a tailwind you actually get hotter, cause you don’t have the wind to keep you cool and help absorb the sweat. I still ride hard even when I have tailwind so I can maximize my efforts.


In Cameron some old man kept telling us inappropriate jokes and he tried 3 times to get us to stay in Cameron instead of going to Ennis. He was annoying and ridiculous.


When we got to Ennis I saw an east bounder hanging out in the park. He was planning on riding out into the wind. I told him he was nuts and tried to talk him out out of riding into the wind.

Photo Jul 22, 7 01 55 PM

Tanlines from my bike gloves

The distillery in Ennis lets the cyclists camp behind it.  While we were setting up  Monika magically appeared. I met her in Newton Kansas. She is hanging out in Ennis for a few days and on Sunday running the Ennis marathon. Then finishing the rest of the cross country bike ride. She’s a real athlete. The rest of us are all just a bunch of jackasses compared to her.


Vin and I stopped in for a drink in the distillery and then Ranger Mike joined us across the street for a few beers at the bar. I passed out pretty early.


Photo Jul 22, 10 31 17 AM


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Michael Riscica

Hey, I’m Michael Riscica and I live in Portland, Oregon with my Labrador Retriever. When I’m off the bike, I make my living as a Licensed Architect and also write a architecture blog at YoungArchitect.com.

I took my first bike tour in 2003 when I rode from Boston to New York City, and at that time I learned about cycling across America. My life was forever changed. I have successfully ridden and blogged about Coast2Coast bike rides during the summers of 2005, 2007and now 2016.

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Ephraim - July 31, 2016

Beautiful pics Michael! First time I have commented in a while. Sorry about that. But I think of you and all the other cyclist criss crossing the country every day when I ride. Started to meet some even on the northern Tier. I just hope everyone is safe!!!!

Have a rest day tomorrow in Medora, ND. Been a long haul for me, but loving it!

I will post a pic tan lines on my hands… and on the tops of my feet from my cycling sandals! Eat you heart out dude!! 🙂

Stay safe my friend!

    Michael Riscica - July 31, 2016

    Thanks Friend! Im on my final push. I just calculated, I only have 450 miles left. I think I’ll hit the coast next weekend! I need to get caught up on your blog. Looking forward to getting caught up on your ride once i get off the road.

    You should post a link on facebook each time you publish a post. It will make it easier for people to follow you.

    Keep up the great work!!! Love you guys!!

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