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with a population of about 60,000, sits on the Clark
Fork River at the intersection of five river
valleys. Surrounded by mountains on all sides, the
university town is unquestionably one of Montana’s
most attractive communities. Missoula may be
Montana’s most cultured town. Jeanette Rankin, the
first women representative in the U.S. Congress, was
born in Missoula. This colorful city is also in the
heart of some of the most beautiful outdoor
splendor. The Rattlesnake Wilderness area, which
bans motorized travel, begins just a mile from the
city. The broad Clark Fork flows through Missoula,
making Missoula truly a mecca for backpacking, river
rafting and fishing. Within minutes you can leave
the conveniences of the city and be amidst secluded
forests, pristine rivers or rugged mountains.
Missoula is known as the “Garden City” for its
imported Vermont maple trees, profuse flower gardens
and lush, green landscape. The city is the hub of
shopping, recreation, education and entertainment
for western Montana. A shopper’s paradise, Missoula
has a variety of specialty shops, art galleries, as
well as a modern mall with over one hundred stores.
The town acquired its name from the British explorer
David Thompson who mapped the area in 1812 and
dubbed it Ne-missoola-takoo, meaning “at the cold
chilling waters” in the Salish language. Another
theory is that it came from the Salish “In mis sou
let ka,” meaning “river of awe.” In 1860 the first
settlement made its home here and the town developed
quickly as a regional center for mining, logging and
the railroad industry. If you’re a history buff,
you’ll love Missoula. Twenty-seven city buildings
are on the National Register of Historic Places,
including the old Northern Pacific Depot. Other
highlights are The Missoula Museum of Arts,
Historical Museum of Fort Missoula, Missoula
Memorial Rose Garden, and the Smokejumper Training
Center and Aerial Fire Depot - the largest
smoke-jumper base in the United States. The
University of Montana is located in Missoula and
attracts students, professors and researchers from
around the world.
City of Missoula
University of Montana
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DAY 20 - SATURDAY, MAY 17, 2008 - - - -
HOT! 90 Degrees!
3,156 Feet (630' Less Than Yesterday)
Total Distance Traveled:
Thoughts For Today:
sure to look back at the past few days of this online
journal to see the videos that were posted this evening!
There are still several pictures to be posted from the past
few days and I'll likely do that on Monday... so please be
patient a little longer for those!
arrived in my hometown of Missoula! It's so good to be
home... even if it is for just one night. I enjoyed a
wonderfully relaxing evening at the Paws Up Resort last
night and awoke this morning to clear skies and the forecast
calling for 90 degree temperatures - which was accurate. It
certainly was a hot day on the pavement and I made pretty
good time getting to Missoula for this 37-mile day. Some
delays were caused by curious people who wanted to know what
I was doing. Also, there was a lot of traffic today (more
campers, trucks, folks pulling boats to the lake, etc.) and
even bicyclists for many miles that were on a day tour. Of
course, they were on my side of the road since bicyclists
roll in the same direction as cars, and that meant that I
was dodging a lot of oncoming bikes for a few hours this
morning. I eventually made it to Missoula and took a break
in Bonner Park where I found some shade and relaxed a bit
before heading off to Russell Elementary School where I
would reunite with my family and see some friends that came
out to see me... and "Bob". It was so good to see my family
It has only been
three weeks since I left Missoula to head for the North
Dakota border, but it seems like it has been longer than
that. It's probably because I've encountered so many
different weather situations (snow, heat, rain, sleet, etc.)
that it seems like I've been gone for seasons rather than
weeks. After visiting with the nice people that came out to
greet me at Russell Elementary, my family and I went home
where I showered and got ready to go to dinner. We went to
Pizza Hut and I enjoyed a high-carbohydrate meal.
morning I'll leave Russell Elementary at around 7:30am
heading for Lolo Hot Springs - which is about 34 miles away.
I will spend the evening there tomorrow night and then on
Monday, at 10:00am, I will finish this trek at the top of
Lolo Pass on Highway 12 - at the Idaho border. Anyone who is
interested may certainly attend the finish. I know that it's
a 41-mile drive from Missoula, so I really don't expect
anyone there but family. However, I wanted to extend the
"Bob" and I will be back on the road... running through very
familiar territory. The weather is forecasted to remain hot
for the next few days (around 88 degrees), with no rain
expected. So, I believe I'm done with my raingear and my
winter wear. With only 41 miles remaining on this journey I
find myself reflecting back on all that has happened over
the past three weeks. This has been a physically demanding
trek, particularly with the extreme weather and winds. I've
tried very hard to persevere through the left foot injury
that occurred on day 2 of this trek and have pressed through
the persistent strong headwinds, snow, heat and more. I'm
pleased with how my body has quickly adapted to the varying
conditions and it has taken a focused effort to repair and
prepare my body each night to get back on the pavement each
morning. Whether running across a continent or a state, the
physical demands of running 30 to 40 miles per day are
intense. I'll have some healing to do after finishing Monday
morning, but I'm sure I'll bounce back rather quickly.
I've had a
couple of team leaders inquire about receiving an autograph
picture of me and "Bob", and wondering if a printable
certificate will be made available. I can certainly create a
certificate that can be downloaded and printed - featuring
the P.A.C.E. Trek 2008 logo. That will have to wait until
the trek is over and I'm able to sit down at my computer and
create one. With respect to an autographed picture, I will
have to think of the best way to handle that.
feels good to be in my own home tonight, and I'm sure I'll
enjoy sleeping in my own bed! In some ways I feel like
Dorothy in the Wizard of OZ. This has been a great
adventure, but there's no place like home. The morning is not far off and
42 miles remain to be conquered in the next 36 hours, so I
better get some rest.
Montana "Did You Know?"...
Montana has one of the lowest percentages of foreign born
residents (at approximately 1.8%) as well as one of the
lowest percentages of African Americans (roughly 0.3%).
German is the largest ancestral group, followed by Irish and
English. Montana has always been considered a conservative
state, though state politics has recently seen some major
Democratic victories. However, Montana's voice on the
national scene is still firmly Republican, giving its 3
electoral votes to George W. Bush in 2004 by an overwhelming
margin of 20 percentage points.
Americans "Did You Know?"...
The first inhabitants of the Missoula, Montana area were
American Indians from the Salish tribe. They called the area
"Nemissoolatakoo," from which "Missoula" is derived. The
word translates roughly to "river of ambush/ surprise," a
reflection of the inter-tribal fighting common to the area.
The Indians' first encounter with whites came in 1805 when
the Lewis and Clark expedition passed through the Missoula
Fitness "Did You Know?"...
Eight percent of elementary schools, 6.4 percent of middle
school/junior high schools, and 5.8 percent of senior high
schools provide daily physical education or its equivalent.
Based on national recommendations, school-age youth should
participate daily in 60 minutes or more of moderate to
vigorous physical activity that is developmentally
appropriate, enjoyable, and involves a variety of
activities. All elementary school students should
participate in at least 150 minutes per week of physical
education, and all middle and high school students should
participate in at least 225 minutes of physical education,
for the entire school year.
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update. Run back here tomorrow!
Keeping on PACE,
Along The Way...
I got to run past the university that I received
two Bachelor of Arts degrees from... the
UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA.
The university was founded in 1893 in Missoula,
less than 90 years after Lewis and Clark and
their Corps of Discovery explored the area.
Since then, the University has nurtured a
tradition of cultural and scientific
exploration. Students receive a high-quality,
well-rounded education and training for
professional careers in the University’s three
colleges – arts and sciences, forestry and
conservation, and technology – and six schools –
journalism, law, business, education, pharmacy
and the fine arts. The University of Montana is
a magnet not only for top-notch teachers and
researchers, but also for students from across
the country and around the globe. A city within
a city – with its own eateries, stores, medical
facilities, banking and postal services, and zip
code – the University of Montana has an
and rich culture.
The campus spreads across 150 acres.
Rolling Stone magazine has described it
as the “Most scenic campus in America”, and
Outside Magazine says that the University of
Montana is “Among the top 10 colleges nationally
for combining academic quality and outdoor
recreation”. About 14,000 students attend the
University of Montana.
Paul's Current Position In Montana