BIG NELSON CAMPGROUND TO LINCOLN – 22 miles

It was difficult to leave Holland Lake due to the sheer beauty and relaxing setting and also due to the fact that we immediately had a 1,600 ft climb to Huckleberry pass. Such is the way of the GDMBR! The climb was over 10 miles and the grade it seemed was a steady 4-5% grade. The gravel road was wide and since cars use this pass the road was maintained and did not have a lot of ruts and loose gravel with protruding rocks to maneuver. The downhill after climbing the pass was a smooth and fast decent with some sections of rolling roads. Now and then we would see cars parked not at a river, creek, or trail head and we assumed they were gathering wild huckleberry berries.

Today, as we began to see yesterday, the landscape continues to change from Rocky Mountains and forest to wide dry plains. We have begun to see grazing cattle which we have not seen before and acres of hay and alfalfa rolled up in in foot bales.

The town of Lincoln, our destination, has the destination as home of the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski. It’s a small city with a highway running down the middle of town with not much happening. We stayed at the Spring Creek RV park which had comfy grass and a small creek. The most exciting and dramatic weather events of the trip so far occurred in the evening. It was a hot day in the 80s and some what muggy. The weather report showed the possibility of a  thunder shower. That changed around 10:00 pm with a sudden rain, wind, and hail storm which lasted two hours. The wind and the quarter sized hail which pelted the tent was something that we’ve never experienced before. The wind seemed like a vacuum which shook the tent for a few moments before subsiding and doing it again. The hail started slowly and gradually picked up speed pelting the tent. Erika was in the small shower/restroom building and was watching the lightening light up the sky in addition to hearing the hail and the wind. I just snuggled deeply into my sleeping bag in the tent wondering if this storm would ever let up.

Trees grew around a wigwam burner from an old mill
Landscape changes dramatically from green forest to dry grassy farm land
ATV trail instead of bike trail
Camping at a RV park near a creek
So called nickel sized hail but actually much larger

2 thoughts on “BIG NELSON CAMPGROUND TO LINCOLN – 22 miles

  1. Roy Egawa

    Did you go through the small town of Ovando between Seeley Lake and Lincoln. That was our last campground on the Montana Bike Ride before returning to Missoula. I can see that you’re in open grazing lands now and hopefully the grades and weather will finally ease up. We came up from Phillipsburg and Wise River by way of the road down through the Beaverhead Deer Lodge Forest to Polaris and Bannack. I think that’s the way you’re going after you turn west after Butte. Soon there’s going to be lots of reminders of the Nez Perce and their sad tragic history. We always look forward to your updates.
    Isako and Roy.

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    1. Yes we did go through Ovando before going to Big Nelson campground at Holland Lake. The ACA group camped at the museum and some slept in the tipi. We ate lunch at the Stray Bullet cafe. We are following the path you described after Butte . Looking forward to Bannack ghost town.

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