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
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.