Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Day 63: West Yellowstone WY to Hamilton MO

We leave West Yellowstone and are soon in Idaho potato country.

Huge fields of potatoes grown under irrigation.

The wheat fields are ripe for harvest.
We ride through the INL Idaho National Laboratory territory where nuclear experimental work has been carried out for many decades. We stopped at Arco on our ride in 2012. It is much cooler today than it was on that journey.
We stopped at Leadore for lunch.
Great welcome from Brandon who as he handed us a menu said "I'm corking hamburgers today" so hamburgers it is.
Becky is making beer batter.
Here is her grandmothers's recipe
One small bottle flat beer (leave the beer open overnight, or flatten by pouring from tumbler to tumbler ... That's what I saw Bucky doing and prompted my question).
Sift together...
1 cup flour
1teaspoon salt
2teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon cornstarch
Add 1egg and the flat beer and mix together.
Becky said it can be used to coat anything.
She coated some mushrooms and fried them for us and served them with ranch dressing.
Here is Adam who is walking the continental divide trail from the Canadian border to Mexico. He has walked 750 miles so far and expects to finish in November at the Mexican border. He has walked the Appalachian trail from Georgia to Maine and the Pacific trail.
We are riding the same territory as Lewis and Clark who set off from Harpers Ferry in Virginia in 1804.

We crossed the 45th parallel at Deer Island New Brunswick afer weeks ago.

We follow the Salmon river...


And arrive at Hamilton, Montana in time to get the last bed in town. There is a Bluegrass festival on and a Brewers convention on in town this weekend.


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