Monday, June 17, 2013

Missoula #8

Day 30: Monday, June 17, 2013
Missoula #8: 14 miles

I'm champing at the bit to move on, get going. Biked around town for a while, taking pics of some sites and sights I want to remember.

Thirty-two years ago, we ate at Zimorino Brothers' Pizza. Things change. They moved several times, went bankrupt, were bought out, are now just a hole in the wall.

Remember the Sinclair dinosaur? Sinclair gas stations faded from Michigan and Indiana about the time I was finishing my formal education. Not out here. Seeing them is like a blast from the past.

Sinclair dinosaur
The Sinclair dinosaur rides again!

The Missoula county courthouse is a grand structure. Aside from the spires of some churches, its cupola was probably the tallest structure in the town.

Missoula County courthouse
The Missoula County courthouse

But now Providence St. Patrick's is giving it a run for its money.

Missoula skyline
Providence St. Patrick's is one of the anchors of the Missoula skyline.
It dwarfs the courthouse cupola in the distance.

The warmshowers house I'm staying at is in a neighborhood of grand old homes, some of them dating back to the 19th century. It seems to be a mix of college students and townies, but overall the neighborhood is very well maintained.

Missoula Victorian
A well-kept Victorian
not far from the warmshowers house

Samuel Philip Higley, the guy with the broken wheel, isn't wasting any time. He's done up and distributed a resume, and has several job leads already.

Three more cyclists came in today. Israel, Jordan, and Natalie were greeted with nasty weather on their arrival in Portland on May 22. So they've had their share of rain, too. There are five cyclists here now (not counting the six regular residents, who all also cycle). I can't imagine putting up that many people at one time!

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