July 7 The Big Sky State

Today the Illini 4000 team faced a 73 mile journey to Ennis, Mt with only some of the most beautiful scenery you could imagine standing in their way. We woke up and everyone was a little groggy but Ellie came through as always with a fantastic Mosher that really lifted everyone’s spirits and ensured a good day for all.

Our route took us northwards following the Continental Divide. We had tailwinds for most parts of the ride so the actual riding proved to be relatively easy for the west so far. We rode through the stunningly beautiful Gallatin National Forest with its famous Quake Lake.

Quake Lake is very unique. After reading some of the information on lookout points, the riders were informed that the lake itself was the result of a dammed river caused by one of the largest earthquakes on United States soil in 1959. Today it features unbelievable views surrounded entirely by mountains and lush forests and many of the riders chose around the lake to take a nap or have a snack.

After nearly falling off the bike—kidding parents—from being so awestruck by the natural beauty of the scene, the riders eventually made it to the stayover at Ennis Assembly of God Church where we were all welcomed graciously with showers, internet, and yes even food! We call it the trifecta!

Onto Butte tomorrow which should be our last crossing of the Continental Divide!

Peace out!

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