Jul 272015
Day 21 - Eureka to Whitefish, MT, 84 km (1620)      559 alt. (15059) This was the last day with my friends Sylvio and Flavio. It started off with a shock: A few minutes after leaving Eureka Flavio and I witnessed a road kill: A small truck with a boat trailer was coming towards us when a deer ran down a short steep hill on the left hand side and onto the road. It was hit by the truck, stumbled across the road on to our side, collapsed and died! What a shock! The driver called the police but astonishingly laughed - maybe from shock, I don't know, but it seemed quite callous to me. After a few minutes of stunned paralysis we pushed ourselves to continue the ride, and convinced ourselves that this happened here in Montana every day. We were proven right because after about 40 km we saw another dead deer in the ditch. When we got to Whitefish, a fairly big town, Sylvio told Flavio that he had decided to continue alone due to the conflicts the two had been having from the beginning. I myself decided to take a room in a motel for the first time because the coming days will be very tough: Approaching and then doing the climb to the "Road to the Sun" in the Glacier National Park. Tomorrow 75 kms will lead me from Whitefish to Avalanche Campground from where the long ascent will begin the day after at four in the morning, because the road is so narrow that it is closed for cyclists between 11am and 4pm.  Sylvio and I went out to treat ourselves to a wonderful steak meal!    
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