Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Ride Across the USA: 6/22/10 -- Whitefish to west of Essex, MT -- 59 mi, 741 total

Hmmmm ........ why does out map say 5,236' and the sign 5,216'??

Middle fork of the Flathead River

Unusual waterfalls, more off it to the left that you can't see

Isn't that cool? Trains and mountains make for a good mix!

Taking time to "smell the roses"

Good ride today with overcast skies and NO rain! We are doing the Marias Pass alternate route as Glacier & the "Going-to-the-Sun" road is not open yet. We ride along, talking about our turn-off remarking how good the roads are with no traffic. We also knew we would have 2.8 mi of gravel. Well, when the gravel is approaching 8 mi who finally realize you have not been too bright one more time. A guy was sighting in his muzzle-loader so Kirk asked him where we were because we had no idea ........ only about 12 miles from Canada. We laughed because we didn't have our passports with us. Turned around, flagged down a USFS truck and she not only helped figure out exactly where we were but hauled us back to the corner we missed. Good thing out of all of this? We saw some beautiful scenery that no other bikers saw! Enjoyed watching the trains along the Flathead River. And the gravel? It was exactly 2.8 mi and more like hard-packed mud. Nice campground, Stanton RV, but noisy with the busy highway + trains.

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