Ah, rest day! I do like that feeing of not having to get up and immediately start packing everything away. Today was much more leisurely. Last night I got some food from a supermarket, so I had some corn flakes for breakfast, followed by a yoghurt.
Eventually made it in to town and my first priority was to get a haircut! Found one who wasnt busy. The guy used to live in England (think he was stationed there) and also knew a lot about Oregon and places on my route – he even suggested a place for me to get breakfast in one small town I go through!
Then it was time for a bit of site-seeing. Took my bike with me, as it seems like a good way to get around here. Although I should be resting, a few easy miles (unladen too) wont really compromise me too much, and besides, theres always tomorrow!
I decided to hike up the 'M' trail. This is a short but steep trail which zig-zags up Mt. Sentinal, overlooking the town, and mainly the University Campus. It has a giant concrete 'M' at the top (for Montana) and is a popular hiking trail.
|The route up to the 'M' trail|
It only took about 25mins to get to the top, and it afforded some lovely views over the town.
After making my way back down, I went to the 'Out to Lunch' festival in the town. This consisted of lots of restaurants in town having stands in a park selling food, and also some live music. Pretty nice way to have lunch.
The afternoon was spent riding a few bike trails, doing a few bits of pieces and relaxing. Of all the places I've visited so far, Missoula seems like the one I would be most happy living in. It has a nice relaxed vibe, a good selection of shops, restaurants and bars, and due to it's relative size, a seemingly decent infrastructure. Also seems a very 'active' place with lots of runners and bikers. All in all, a great place to spend a couple of days off.
A few more cyclists have also turned up at the hostel I'm staying in. So I think later we will probably all head out for a few drinks which should be good.