On the afternoon of the 11th of August we arrived in the town of Butte. We met local reporter, Melanie Yuill, who interviewed us for KXLF TV. Check out the interview here: http://www.kxlf.com/news/irish-cyclists-riding-for-cancer-stop-by-kxlf-studios/
We then went to the house of Patrice Evans, who kindly hosted the team that night. Thanks also to Casey for accommodating Will and Mark! Patrice has been accommodating Rob this week as he is staying in Butte to prepare for An Rí Rá Irish Festival at the weekend, and no doubt doing loads of back-breaking work. Patrice and Rick brought us to a picnic at their friend Cherisse’s house, where we received a royal welcome from Irish-Americans and Americans alike.
The town of Butte has a massive Irish-American population who have kept very close to their Irish heritage and roots. It’s almost like a home away from home! Patrice’s sister, Monica, kitted us out with flags and stickers for the car from her fantastic gift shop, Cavanaugh’s County Celtic. Thanks!
Patrice and friends also brought us up to one of “gallows frames” at the old mine in Butte. Very impressive, there’s some great history in this mining town. Pictures below!