Posted by: caryandjohn | July 20, 2014

Glacier National Forest- Montana

We we’re up at 5 am (I was so excited an up at 4:30) to make out way into Glacier National Forest and beat the crowd… We had the park mostly to ourselves – summer time is super busy for Glacier especially since the pass is open a short part of the year…

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We checked out McDonald Lake and Lodge – a beautiful historic lodge located within Glacier National Park, on the shore of Lake McDonald. The lodge is a 3-1/2-story structure built in a Swiss chalet style – once only accessible by water…

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Breakfast in the lodge…

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Super cool restored Ford touring coaches – a fleet of 30+

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Views from the Going to the Sun Road – the road over the park and Logan Pass… The smoke from forest fires coming from we think Washington and Canada made for a little haze … Pretty dramatic

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Super epic riding … We got out of the park around 10 am and headed south on 89 through the Blackfeet reservation then on through the plains… We stopped at this super cute cafe in Choteau…A nice break from the wind on the plains

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We chatted with locals, watched the world go by and learned all about the Hutterites- groups of Amish like communities… After 200 miles or so we decided to get a hotel room in downtown Great Falls… It was the last room in the hotel which was the suite with a huge hot tub and fireplace- Sooo nice at a super awesome rate…after a nice walk around town which is on the Missouri River, we had dinner next door and rested..

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We’re on our way down 89 south today towards bear tooth pass and the Tetons…

Posted by: caryandjohn | July 19, 2014

Bigfork and Columbia Falls Montana

Our camp host suggested that we check out Bigfork – a cute town on Flathead lake with some good foodie spots… We stopped at a newly opened cafe – “Great Northern Foods” … Awesome gourmet food and super friendly owners Dava and Brad… We had the french fries fried in duck fat, salmon fried fish tacos, the hummus platter- which was presented like ice cream scoops- a little confusing at first – but really yummy.. Scoop of black bean, wasabi and chickpea hummus…(we ate the fries too quick to get a pic)

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We walked around the town, checked some internets stuff in the library and enjoyed meeting some nice folks around town…

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With no lodging available, we rode on to Columbia Falls 20 min up the road towards Glacier national park and got a tent cabin for the night

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We met Jane and her husband and son Zach staying in a cabin next door to us and got all sorts of wonderful tips, including a great dinner location – Three Forks in Columbia Falls and the suggestion to get up early for Glacier National Park to help avoid crowds…
We had an awesome dinner and good beer at Three Forks – we met Pam and Joe who were on day 21 of their 900 miles (so far) unsupported bicycle ride… We thought of them as we were making he pass over Glacier National Park this morning- u guys rock!

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With a good meal in our bellies and our first night up off the ground – we were all set for our 5am wake up for Glacier…

We took i20 east out of Mountain Home Idaho on Wednesday to 75 north – the sawtooth scenic hwy in the Sawtooth National Forest… Once we were pass sun valley and the other ski resort .. Route 75 opens wide open and follows the salmon river with the galena summit at 8990 ft… 100 + miles of beautiful elevation and much appreciated cooler temperature… We rolled into Lower Stanley after about 200 miles of riding – and got a good tip for camping across one of the bridges over the salmon river into the national forest … It was perfect … Not far off a pretty well maintained graded gravel road, all to ourselves

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We had our own little swimming hole for a dip and some washing … We also walked down to hang out where the river opens up a bit more

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We got up and went for a walk in the morning

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The road had beautiful of wildflowers … I counted like 7 or more different colors

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On Thursday, after our walk, we continued heading up 75 up to 93 all the way up through Missoula, east on 200 and north on 83 just past Seeley Lake in Montana (we bypassed some of the small town congestion just south of Missoula off of 93 by picking up 269 north in Hamilton, MT to 203 then back to 93)- we got to camp around 9:30 after 300 miles … We found some designated camping up the road from Seeley Lake… Super nice camp hosts Anastasia and willy and Zoso the cat who hung out at our site most the night…

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Friday we were off again like a herd of turtles for a short day of 91 miles to Bigfork and Columbia Falls, Montana

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