Friday, June 11, 2010

Day 34, 6/11/10 - Columbia Falls to Apgar Village, MT in Glacier National Park

Just the Basics:
First Things First! Congratulations to our oldest grandchild, Allegra, who graduated from 8th grade today (if we haven't screwed up our dates)! Ditto to grandchild #2, her sister Isabel, who finished grade 3 today, we think. Have a great summer, ladies!

23 miles with about 500 feet of climbing. Today we officially joined Adventure Cycling's Northern Tier Cross-Country Bike Route as we left Columbia Falls on County Road 486. From here on we will be using their very detailed maps which we love!

Today's route took us on less-traveled roads instead of on busy U.S. 2 to Glacier National Park. We travelled on CR 486, Blankenship Road (which included 3 miles of gravel), 5 Lakes Road and, finally, for 2-3 miles on U.S. 2 (wide shoulders) into West Glacier. The following 2.5 miles were on bike trail to Apgar Village. Just before we reached Apgar Village we saw a brown bear cub climbing a tree by the path!! Becky discouraged Riley from taking a picture - Sorry!

Tonight we're looking forward to a pretty typical "Friday Date Night" for us - we'll share some wine; have popcorn and crackers and cheese, and Kipper Snacks and fruit; maybe have some ice cream and play some Scrabble. = ) = )

Today's Photo: Looking across Lake McDonald from right by our motel in Apgar Village, MT, inside Glacier National Park

Sat & Sun, 6/12 & 13: We want to avoid weekend traffic around Glacier National Park - and to rest up a bit for the climb from here on up over the Continental Divide at Marias Pass, which will probably occur on Tuesday, 6/15/10 if things go as planned - they don't always do that, of course! SO - we have taken a little cabin with a kitchenette and will stay here and "cook-in" for the whole weekend.

For Those Who Want More: Here are a few tidbits.
Breakfast at Montana Coffee Traders: We had a great breakfast in Columbia Falls at another Montana Coffee Traders coffee store and cafe - we were also in one in Kalispell. We love their coffee and have been ordering it online for years - we love their Good Migrations line which is fair-trade, organic, and shade-grown (better for songbirds, especially).

Mosquitoes at Our Picnic! Had another nice picnic lunch in the woods at roadside - due to mosquitoes, however, we skipped our usual post-lunch nap!

Meeting a Fellow Cross-Country Cyclist: As we rolled into Apgar Village we met a guy who had ridden Adventure Cycling's Trans-America Cross Country Bike route some years ago. He did it with a friend and they just powered through in something like 59 days. He approved of our "Enjoy the Journey" approach - we urged him to do it again, that way.

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