Took a drive yesterday to Cooney Reservoir, a pleasant lake near Red Lodge that offers a Shire-like setting with the Beartooth Mountains as a backdrop. Curiously, one lap around the lake is exactly 10k (6.21 miles), and despite being short on time I managed to do eight laps around the lake for 80k (50 miles) in hot, humid, mosquito filled air. Lots of powerboat wake and rebound plus a few drunken fisherman kept the tedium at bay. Reminded me of cycling in the late 1980's and being heckled by rural drivers. Had some pleasant conversations with others who had never seen a surfski before and was offered beers.