Today was a nice ride, nice and easy, just over 35 miles and my legs are feeling good. Drummond's city park includes a baseball field, playground, and a campground for tents and RVs with water and electric hookups – it's always a nice surprise to come across a park like this where you know no one will bother you throughout the night and you don't have to dig a hole to shit in.
I ride to Missoula tomorrow and I plan on taking I-90 for nearly half of the 55 mile ride. I checked with the highway department and they told me it's fine as long as I don't interfere with traffic; I do not plan on interfering with cara moving 70 mph faster than me. I haven't had to ride on the interstates yet but I don't feel like riding 30 miles on some neglected dirt road, I've been there and did that and fell off a bridge in the process.
After Missoula the rest of my ride will most likely be on paved roads which is an exciting thought. I'm really looking forward to upgrading my bicycle, I'm finally beginning to hate riding with a backpack. To all the people that have questioned my decision to wear this thing on my ride, you were right, it sucks – the extra sweat, the added weight pushing down on my ass, it's just another handle for gravity to grab onto and pull while I'm going uphill. I am living and learning quite a bit.