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Old 06-05-2009, 04:11 PM   #61
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Day 3 Complete-May be Stuck In Whitefish for a While-WX-Snow

Another beautiful day.

The bike performed-"Perfect", (got 77 mpg)

I haven’t been following the weather but last night I noticed clouds that got me to thinking-“Weather is going to change.

From Libby on the clouds became darker on the horizon, and isolated towering cumulus started popping. I was going to camp this evening but after talking to some locals I decided to make a run for Whitefish.

I’m staying at the KOA off US 93. So I decided to check the weather and guess what-snow is in the forecast along my route for Sat and Sun.

Sunday is the worst- so I’m contemplating the following;
1. Do I make a run for it to St Mary and if its bad hole up somewhere there.
2. Do I stay at the KOA until Monday

Right now I’m going to get myself some dinner and think about it.

The reason I didn’t go further today was – its Friday, probably a payday, and the road to Browning is littered with crosses and I don’t want to add one.

I will post pictures later. It looks like I may have some time.
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Old 06-05-2009, 04:53 PM   #62
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I will post pictures later. It looks like I may have some time.


Your ride really captures my imagination.
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Old 06-05-2009, 05:19 PM   #63
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In recent news, this could make a self supported Dakar bike.

Great journey mate....
Hmm.. Self Supported Dakar bike. How about the S.S. Dakar? Not a bad name for a tug boat, er, bike.
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Old 06-05-2009, 05:58 PM   #64
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Bad Weather Blues

Saturday cold with snow showers
Sunday much colder and snow.

This requires contemplation-I need sustenance before I work this problem.

Though it may kill me-here is my sustenance and work space for this evening.



My work station-that's IPA in the popcorn container, later it will be used to do an oil change.

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Old 06-05-2009, 06:04 PM   #65
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Old 06-05-2009, 06:22 PM   #66
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How far is St. Mary, MT from where you are.
I might make the run to St. Marys as it will put all the mountains behind you if a snow storm rolls is coming.
Trying to cross the mountains after a snow storm can be just as bad. Closed Passes etc..


Going-to-the-Sun Road road is still closed from Avalanche over Logan Pass to Jackson Glacier Overlook.
Glacier National Park Current Road Status
So you won't be able to get to St. Mary that way. You'll have to go around.
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Old 06-05-2009, 07:02 PM   #67
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How far is St. Mary, MT from where you are.
I might make the run to St. Marys as it will put all the mountains behind you if a snow storm rolls is coming.
Trying to cross the mountains after a snow storm can be just as bad. Closed Passes etc..


Going-to-the-Sun Road road is still closed from Avalanche over Logan Pass to Jackson Glacier Overlook.
Glacier National Park Current Road Status
So you won't be able to get to St. Mary that way. You'll have to go around.
The entire region from West Glacier to Great Falls will be under the same weather pattern.

Saturday will be in the 40s and I'm thinking about running to Shelby. But Sunday Highs =37 Lows = 31F I sure don't want to camp.

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Old 06-05-2009, 07:20 PM   #68
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The entire region from West Glacier to Great Falls will be under the same weather pattern.

Saturday will be in the 40s and I'm thinking about running to Shelby. But Sunday Highs =37 Lows = 31F I sure don't want to camp.

MkD
That would be some cold camping for sure.
But if there is going to be snow, I think I rather be on the east side and not have to worry about crossing the mountains after the storm passes.

Are you are in Poison/Flat Lake or the Whitefish/Kalispell KOA?
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Old 06-05-2009, 08:04 PM   #69
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Mike,

If you get trapped in Whitefish I have a really good friend who is the Pastor at the Lutheran Church in town. His name is Matt and he drives a hacked Ural. If you need anything he'd be able to help-out. I'm pretty sure his number is posted at the church. OH, one other suggestion............don't look at the weather reports and you won't have all these concerns .

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Old 06-05-2009, 08:35 PM   #70
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Ride Report Day 3

Here is a picture of breaking camp at Clark Fork, ID.

Sandpoint is a community I have known for many years but it has become a very touristy town. I planned on spending the night there at the Best Western. This way I could walk to town and get a bit to eat. It cost $50 for a campsite under the railroad trestle-NO THANK YOU, PLEASE.

And so, I departed and found this Motel that had camping. Met a young lady by the name of Brooke-she is bicycling across the country. Very cute, I might add.



From Clark Fork I continued south on 200. It was 15 degrees colder this morning than it was at Banks Lake the day before.

I turned east on Bull River Road. This is where I got my first look at the Kooteney Mountains along Bull River.






A few miles down the road I ran into this old homestead.



Just after this homestead on the bridge of the Bull River were the remains of a tragic truck/deer collision.

As you can see the truck knocked the "shit" out of the deer before other bodily fluids started to leak out.



Next stop was Kooteney Falls. I hate trails where the hike out is up hill. (Unfortunately the location of the morning sun made it hard to get a good picture).




I had a late breakfast in Libby, I wanted to change the oil in the bike but no one carried the oil I was looking for.

As planned I meandered my way to Champion Haul Road which parallels the Kooteney River on the south bank. High on a bluff I ran into these skid marks which looked rather fresh to see if a vehicle had gone over the cliff.

Lucky bastard. There were skid mark from the on coming car. Both vehicles were taking their half out of the middle.

Weather is now the big issue. Saturday the overall forecast will be better than Sunday. I have decided to alter my route and run HWY 2 to Shelby on Saturday. Then if necessary honker in at a hotel in Shelby until the snow and cold weather passes, and then maybe I can head north up to Whitlash.



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Old 06-06-2009, 06:00 AM   #71
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Old 06-06-2009, 06:15 AM   #72
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Looks like a great time! Thanks.
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Old 06-06-2009, 06:18 AM   #73
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McD,

I'm curious, if you're getting 70+ mpg, why are you carrying so much extra fuel? It appears the stock tank is small (~1.5 gal.?) so I could understand an extra fuel can but you have three(!). Couldn't you have made do with one and saved yourself from hauling the extra weight?

Enjoying the RR, thanks!

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Old 06-06-2009, 06:40 AM   #74
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Old 06-06-2009, 07:20 AM   #75
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Saturday cold with snow showers
Sunday much cold and snow.

This requires contemplation-I need sustenance before I work this problem.
FWIW, we're ~6-700 miles east of you on the MT/ND border and the weather is pure-D crap the entire way. I'd stay right where you're at for the time being.
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