Our Bob arrived and Bernie is training to take the extra weight as he will be taking all my panniers as well as his own for a couple of weeks. Total weight including the bike of 70 kgs. What a star!
I can more or less cycle now. It works OK while I am underway but starting and stopping are interesting. Cycling with 1.5 hands. Bernie has switched the brakes over so that my good hand puts on the back brake and I can just about use some front break if I have to. The splint is heat moulded plastic that is just heated in water then moulded to the shape of my hand. I did ask at the hospital if they could make it to fit on to my handlebar but she said she did not want to know about cycling with it on.
It was going to be hard going back to camping as the weather in Fernie is very unseasonable and it snowed last night (late August) and has been quite cold during the mornings. New snow can be seen on the mountains around Fernie. The other problem is that the smoke from all the forest fires is getting much worse. Our first 3 days in Montana you would not know you were in a mountainous country and it was difficult to breath. At the end of the day we felt like we had a 60 a day habit.
We had decided that we would start on roads initially as going off road was quite painful with all the bumps jarring straight up the splint, but we would follow the Great Divide route as close as we could and hope to get back on it again by the time we get to Yellowstone.
It was great to finally cross the border into the US. We had been so close five weeks ago when I had the accident.