Day 43: Whitefish, MT to Rexford, MT (70.6 miles)

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Fields, and mountains, and trees, oh my.

With 9 days to go until we reach Seattle, we have raised $8,976 of our $10,000 goal.

We rode out of Whitefish and continued to see mountains all around us, brilliant blue rivers and lakes, fragrant pine forests and, thankfully, deserted roads. Western Montana is truly as beautiful as they say, and we had a much slower pace through the day as our heads bobbed around, taking it all in.

Throughout the day, Keene kept up with or social media pages to run our #donate10 fundraising campaign. Some of you may have seen it. It definitely helped us get closer to our goal: we have only a little over $1,000 left to raise before we get to Seattle! Thank you to everyone who has supported our cause! You are truly taking an active role in making a positive difference in the world. Please keep spreading the word about Conservation International and our ride!

We had to stop in Eureka to pick up another package from the post office (this time a spare tire for Graham) but, again, there was an issue with the delivery. We are learning so much about postal service regulations!

We rode into Rexford, a small town of 100ish people 6 miles from Eureka, and found our host by accident: we didn’t have his address so we asked a man on the main drag whether he knew Richard. The man was, in fact, Richard, the mayor of Rexford and our host for the night.

Richard is a kind and open man, and we had a lot of fun talking with him about his time in Rexford. He was raised in Old Rexford, which now lies under the reservoir known as Lake Koocanusa. Apparently, at the time of planning to make the reservoir, the Old Rexford community banded together to incorporate the town, at which point the Corps of Engineers had to move the town rather than just put it under water.
Despite the weather heating up significantly, we slept soundly, happy to be on a bed again.

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