Week 4 – Helena Mt to Butte MT

Another dry week! Both from the sky and the ground. We spent most of the week encircling Butte on the trail, and had plenty of views of the city. It was so tempting to hitch into town early at one of the many freeway crossings, but we resisted. And it was such a nice new trail, thanks CDT Montana trail crews!

Day 24: (July 23rd)

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AquaCam enjoying the Saturday market
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We met a couple  (with toddler) who had turned an old school bus into a home. Pretty cozy for 3 people!
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Cool sunset from camp that night

Day 25: (July 24th)

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Oh, so THATS where we’re hiking! Looks far…
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Cool dense forest. It would be very hard to lose the trail.

Day 26: (July 25th)

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Morning break on a summit
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We’ve hiked 400 miles!
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My shirt has hiked 3500 miles, its almost time to replace it – holes from the pack straps!
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Storm’s a-comin, hike faster
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It passed over, time to dinner & camp.

Day 27: (July 26th)

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Love my morning breaks, 2nd breakfast is the best. Bard & BrightEyes left us for a week to take the Anaconda route.
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There are cows coming to our campsite. Perhaps because we are parked on some tasty green grass?

Day 28: (July 27th)

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We can hitch to Vegas from here! Or maybe the Cajon Pass McDonalds? Anyone..?
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I have to axe a question of whomever dropped this.
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Finding water is fun!
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Blasting? Sounds safe.
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Cool monument
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She’s 90ft tall!
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View down into the city of Butte, including the deep copper mine.

Day 29: (July 28th)

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Very nice trail in this section
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We got trail magic! 

Day 30: (July 29th)

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AquaCam finds water up inside those roots.
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There was a MTB race scheduled on our section of trail in a couple days. Signs were everywhere! “Hardest bike race in the country” it claims.
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Big sky country
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500 miles!

Day 31: (July 30th)

Zero day in Butte. Too tired to take photos! We stayed at a KOA cabin downtown, and walked to a few restaurants, stopping off for ice cream first, of course.

Day 32: (July 31st)

We stayed at a motel, and made the requisite stop at the Freeway Tavern for lunch. They serve the “wop chop”, locally famous, and then nationally famous because of a “Travel Channel” TV special. Then back to the trail!

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