Reviewed By: Emily Gibson on 7/6/19
We have a mixed feeling about the sections of the Lewis & Clark trail we utilized, from Missoula MT to Circle, MT. We took this section to connect between the Trans Am and the Northern Tier routes, because we were too early in the year for the Going to the Sun road on the NT. While we met some of the most wonderful people on this route (Must stop in at Brockway Supper Club to say hello to Bev, baker of great brownies), saw some incredible scenery, and enjoyed the hospitality of so many small towns and city parks, this was the most difficult section of our cross-country tour due to weather and roads. Of course, weather is out of ACA's control, but if you are going through MT, pay attention to weather and utilize Doppler radar. Thunder/lightening storms come up quick, and the shelters are few and far between. Be prepared to take longer than you expect or go further than you expect on any given day. The route along MT-200 was especially difficult due to the roads (rumble strips, no shoulders, numbing bumps from tar on the ice cracks, and fast, fast drivers). The section from Lincoln to Augusta, there are no services and unless you wild camp, you need to do this whole stretch in one day, so watch the weather carefully! The information on the maps was accurate, for lodging, food, etc. Very helpful as we tried to figure out how far we could go each day! We thoroughly enjoyed the section from Great Falls through Ft. Benton, Geraldine (Rusty's is the best little small-town bar-diner ever!! Say hello to Dena!) and Lewistown, which was off of MT-200. Small-town America at its best. The section from near Mosby to Circle had the roughest roads. We considered that perhaps following a historical route makes it more difficult to keep to the best route for bicycles, but we also recognize that all routes through MT are problematic, from the fracking trucks, etc. At any rate, we just wanted people to know the difficulties we encountered with the roads and weather, the last week of May/first week of June.