Day 60, Kalispell through Glacier National Park to St. Mary's, Montana, 89
"The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire."
We didn't ride far, but what viewpoints! The fresh rain (grr.) kept the trees
green and the rivers full. The ranger informed us that Logan Pass was closed due to snow and ice. At the risk of sounding like a whiner, isn't this supposed to be summer?
It was impossible to ride any distance. Waterfalls, gray from snow runoff,
crashed through rock canyons. The mountains towered into the sky, disappearing into the clouds. Creeks like white silly string wiggled down cliffs and hillsides to feed bigger rivers. And lakes, fed with water that hours ago was part of a glacier, appeared mint green with whitecaps breaking up the surface.
We spent a good deal of time gawking.
The weather began with daunting clouds and wet streets. It hung over us for
hours, and worsened as we gained elevation. And true to form, temperatures
dropped as we climbed toward Logan Pass, which opened around noon. A snowplow
trundled down the hill, finished with his job of clearing the highway. By the
summit, we got chilled as wind whipped off the fresh snow. Going down the lee
side sounded like a good option.
As we descended, the temperatures climbed and clouds broke up, but the wind
picked up until the St. Mary Visitor Center, where the flags stood straight out and snapped from the forces. It feels like the forces of nature are against us!
We touched down at a KOA and booked a cabin due to the wind. Sometimes I wonder why we drag this pop top around, but certainly the weather will improve. It is after all summer, right? Right? Friends and family in Las Vegas are probably screaming, "Enjoy it! It's a hundred plus here!"
I like KOA and have had great and wonderful experiences at them. But $91 a night for a cabin? Seems pretty pricey to Mr. Cheap. A couple beds and a heater. Oh, but I like the heater today.
We met so many interesting people today. One couple traveled in a pickup and
camper and towed their bike. Another bunch we met, six bikes and a chase car,
were going to Alaska. Two people from Canada were touring and it sounded like a frantic trip. But everyone was friendly and nice.
Tomorrow we head south for Helena. And thanks to Mel Nason for Montana advice.
He grew up there and knows his way around.
If you have any insights on good trips, just post it in the comments. North
Dakota will be our next state.