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Old 10-15-2008, 09:15 PM   #1
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Bozeman to Clacier National Park

8-17-08 Day 1...194 miles

This was my first long multi day trip so I planned on only riding about 150 miles a day and take it slow and easy...


Left Bozeman around 10 AM and set up camp here near Lincoln, at Ogden Mountain on the Big BlackFoot river to do some fly fishing.







The bike was loaded pretty good and it hanled it quite well... I could sit back against the pack...pretty comfy...70 MPH no problemo. On the way back the wind near Butte really pushed me around. next time need to get the panier bags to lower the load and a bigger tank to ditch the spare gas which I didn't use anyways.





That's everything i brought...Needed both fly rods, of course and waders and boots...that was a lot of the load...neccesities...





The big Black Foot River. Lots of little cutthroat trout on the drie flies.





Catch and realease for trout so beans and bratts for dinner. I put a small soft cooler in the top case and zip lock baggies of ice. When I stopped for gas I refreshed the ice out of the soda machine. Worked well enough to have bratts every night and bacon and eggs for breakfast.

After dinner I found a GREAT BIG BEAR CRAP about 10 feet from my tent. Still steaming. It took me about 10 minutes to break down camp and high tail it the hell out of there! Just made it to the last sight at a more populated camp ground....








This is where I spent that first night...Salmon Lake...beautifull...



8-17-08 Day 2...95 Miles

Rode from Salmon Lake to Swan Lake Real nice ride through thick forest with beautifull views past lots of lakes and rivers. Set up camp near Swan lake and went fishing on the Swan River.





Coffee with a bacon and egg breakfast burrito before hitting the road.




Swan lake


8-18-08 Day 3...218 Miles

Left Swan Lake to head to Glacier rode straight to Apgar Campground and set up camp. Took off straight to the Going to The Sun Road. WOW! What a ride...breathtaking views on every turn...












Lake McDonald





McDonald Creek





Trail Of The Ceadars...500year old forest





Avalanche Creek
























You Can see the road accross the valley climbing up the other side.






A Closer shot of the road on the mountain side.












8-19-08 Day 4...61 Miles

Met a friend in West Glacier to Float down the Middle Fork of the FlatHead River. Here is his boat. After we floated I rode to his place in Kalispell and spent the night there.






When we were launching we watched this forest fire grow.




Thst's me on the FlatHead...fishing was a little slow but we got a few...not long after this pic WHITE WATER!! Then 50 MPH winds and pouring, driving rain...kind of put a damper on the fishing but it put out the fire. Allin all a fun day on the river.


FlatHead River

8-20-08 Day 5...155 Miles

Left Kalispell early and headed to Hamilton to visit another friend and fish the Bitterroot River. Real nice ride around FlatHead Lake through Polson and Missoula.



BitterRoot River






8-21-08 Day 6...223 Miles

Spent the night in Hamilton and woke up to rain. Rode ionto town and had breakfast and headed out. The ride though the BitterRoot Valley was great. I had inteded to Camp and fish on the Big Hole River on the way back, but the weather was turning worse and worse. I was worried about snow and the wind was forcast to get stronger. So instead I made the push and rosde all the way back to Bozeman. That night it did snow on the pass over Lost Trail.






Lost Trail Ski Area ion the Montana Idaho boarder


Stopped at the Big Hole National Battlefield on the way back.






That's about all...around 1200 miles total, all on pavement (unfortunatly) but I was not sure of the ridability with the load I had and little experience on multy day trips. I learned a few things for next time and will take Skalaho Pass from Hamilton next time and tray and rout it on some dirt roads.

The ride itself was AMAZING, Glacier was beautifull and I fully expect to do it again someday. Defiantly a recommended ride.

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Old 10-15-2008, 09:16 PM   #2
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Old 10-15-2008, 09:18 PM   #3
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Old 10-15-2008, 09:22 PM   #4
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Old 10-15-2008, 09:25 PM   #5
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Old 10-15-2008, 09:27 PM   #6
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I have them all uploaded to flickr and did just that...what the heck?
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Old 10-16-2008, 05:43 AM   #7
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I believe Flickr doesn't permit "hotlinking". Smugmug.com does.
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Looks like he used URL tags instead of IMG, but I tried to change to IMG and it still didn't work.

That's a good sign that image hosting site doesn't allow hot linking.
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Old 11-07-2008, 10:13 PM   #9
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Got the pics finaly

Thanks for the help...photobucket worked...will post more later
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Old 11-07-2008, 11:09 PM   #10
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Thanks for sharing your experience and great photos. I was through that part of the country in July. It's awesome county, and some of the most beautiful I encountered in my cross country ride. I'm looking forward to the rest of your trip report.
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Old 11-08-2008, 07:46 AM   #11
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Old 11-08-2008, 08:13 AM   #12
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8-17-08 Day 1...194 miles

This was my first long multi day trip so I planned on only riding about 150 miles a day and take it slow and easy...


Left Bozeman around 10 AM and set up camp here near Lincoln, at Ogden Mountain on the Big BlackFoot river to do some fly fishing.




Try that on a lesser bike with a weak subframe!!!!!!
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Old 11-10-2008, 09:07 AM   #13
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Two of my favorite things....bikes and fishing!

Awesome looking trip!
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Old 11-10-2008, 07:01 PM   #14
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Awesome that you got to combine two loves: Biking AND Fishing.

I just bought a 5-piece rig for some quick-hit trips here in MI. Should pack up a little smaller than the one in your photos. LOVING the panoramic view of the Rockies.

Thanks for your report!

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Old 11-10-2008, 07:33 PM   #15
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Great ride report.

I hope to make a trip out there from Tennessee to Twin Bridges on the Uly next fall to fish the Beaverhead.

Montana is a special place.
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