We rode further than we had expected today, partly due to the riding being relatively easy, but mostly due to having a difficult time finding a place to camp. This means we’ll make Missoula a day ahead of schedule. Actually, Montana has an abundance of good camping spots. It’s the fences and padlocked gates keeping us out that are the problem.
We finally found an area where we could pass through the fence. The posted signage reads “Public Hunting Area” and there are no “No Trespassing Signs”, so we don’t believe we’re on private land. We don’t think the land is operated by the National Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management though, so we’re not sure about the rules on camping. We’re hidden from the main road but still visible from a dirt road fishermen are using to access a lake. We pushed the bikes far into the field hoping no one has the ambition to walk all the way down here to tell us to get out.