Love, Loss, and Living

Riding injured changed everything, but though for days I felt as if I had forgotten how to ride and was constantly afraid, I didn’t give up. I did, however, reroute to avoid several gravel roads I had planned to ride. It wasn’t just a matter of how unnerved the crash had left me; I could no longer stand on the pegs, and on a top-heavy bike like the V-Strom, doing so is a critical strategy for stability.

I’m glad that I kept going. The Montana I saw during the last three weeks of my tour was quite different from the mountainous areas through which I had been riding. And I loved it all!

The Guardhouse, Fort Assinniboine

The Guardhouse, Fort Assinniboine
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Ivan Doig wrote about Fort Assiniboine in his book, Prairie Nocturne. Perhaps the auditorium in which Monty Rathbun becomes an accomplished vocalist was fictional because I didn't spot anything that fit the bill. So I settled for a shot of this Guardhouse, built in 1905. Its exterior, which makes it appear to be a stylish residence, belies its purpose.