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Old 09-20-2010, 07:14 PM   #316
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Me likey! I love riding through burnt forest (and knowing it will regrow strongly later). Also looks like you can really haul ass out there!
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Old 09-20-2010, 09:16 PM   #317
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Aw. Now I feel kind of bad, actually.
As a tourist, I love dirt (especially thru uninhabited areas and forests). But for those townspeople...it sucks.
BigWan and I used to live on a gravel road and it was a bitch to maintain.

oh, sorry to be a bummer, nuggets - I appreciate the link and the sentiment behind it If only they could rip up all the forest pavement...

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Me likey! I love riding through burnt forest (and knowing it will regrow strongly later). Also looks like you can really haul ass out there!
Yeah, that road was super fun. And there was no one else around!



Day 14 continued...

We had gone miles and miles without seeing another soul.
It was wonderful.




This cabin magically appeared at the perfect time ()












Apparently, one can rent the historic Wurtz Cabin for $65 a night. It looked pretty neat.

The pit toilet (located outside) was spotless and full of toilet paper, but thereís no water available.
(and that's why I carry 3 packets of handiwipes )

I really liked the woodshed, too.




Getting closer to Glacier




We werenít expecting much from Polebridge...




But it was great. A fun little hippie compound - good coffee, yummy baked goods, gas, and a hostel. I think thereís a cafe, too.




The views arenít bad, either




BigWan and I shared a coffee, a cinnamon roll, a lemon cookie and an au gratin roll (cheese, potato and dill).
The counter girl was really nice and we chatted a bit.
She works in the bakery from May to August.




Man, it was so tasty!




I liked the furniture out on the porch. It was a little pokey, but looks cool.




The carb-y treats were so yummy, we decided to get a couple more for the road.
Unfortunately, the cute friendly girls who work there had fallen down the rabbit hole while we were outside.

They were now obsessed with wrapping the baked sandwiches.
I mean, really obsessed.
There was a long line of customers, but Matt had to just leave the money on the counter as no one could be bothered to come to the cash register.
I guess the sandwiches werenít the only things that were baked... is it 4:20 already?

(this photo is from our initial visit inside)



Hereís the gas pump. Oh, you can see the sign for the cafe, too.




This is such a pretty area.




I could see certain people spending a lot of time here...
I'm talking to you, themansfield!


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Old 09-21-2010, 08:02 AM   #318
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Oh, this morning I made the mistake of clicking on China, Tibet - The closest place to heaven & closer to God.
Wow.
And that's why I avoid reading the international ride reports.
If you follow that link, just forget about coming back here...I'll see you all next week!

Now it's awfully hard to drag myself back to Polebridge...




Day 14 continued...

Polebridge is just a stoneís throw from Glacier National Park




Friendly ranger lady
(she was nice enough, but we were taking too long to decide if we wanted an America the Beautiful Pass or not)




















It was such a beautiful ride, at least to my eyes.
Matt had expected more, so he was a little disappointed.
But, the important thing was that it was dirt, and we only saw 2 cars the whole time.


It was so green and lush. With sweet, clean air. Heavenly!




some pretty flora




and fauna









I didnít want it to end




but it did



Stupid slab.


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Old 09-21-2010, 09:28 AM   #319
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Day 14 continued...


Getting back on the pavement was a bummer.
And it wasnít just any slab - it was National Park Slab.
Crawling with cars, trucks and giant RVs.
Freaking wall to wall people.
Thanks, Ken Burns. Thanks a lot.



We were lucky enough to snag a campsite.
It was early on a tuesday, but this must have been the only spot left in all of Apgar.
Iím sure it was only available because it was too sloping for an RV.




We set up the tent and took a little ride on Going-to-the-Sun Road
Stopped at the falls. I think this is McDonald Falls?
I love the color of the water...




Wouldnít this be thinning the herd?





I took a bunch of photos (we actually got off the bike!), but I think this short video does a better job of showing the falls





Back on Going-to-the-Sun Road.




There were a lot of cars, but at least the scenery was *okay*




Some day,
either Iíll get a better camera or Iíll learn to stop and take photos.
Most of these were taken as we were moving.




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Day 14 continued...


One of the main reasons we stopped in Glacier was to see the mountain goats.
With all the construction, I donít know if we would have gone up Logan Pass if there hadnít been the chance we would see some goats.













Hereís the holdup. The never ending rock wall project.





There are worse places to work...









The visitors center at Logan Pass sits on the Continental Divide. Apparently there was a big olí Continental Divide sign, but I didnít get a photo.




BigWan and I didnít even go into the visitorís center.
Instead, we sat outside with the ground squirrels.




It was way more exciting. There was some varmit drama!



If this wasnít supposed to be a ride report, itíd would be a rodent report.


So, we had our snacks from the stoner girls in Polebridge:
Spinach and artichoke hearts on the left, jalapeno on the right.
Jalapeno was better.




The squirrels liked both




Oh yeah, there were some mountains here, too.




Flowers




Okay, back to the bike...





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Old 09-21-2010, 03:18 PM   #321
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I miss glacier national park so much, to bad you didnt get any photos of the goats, last time i was there i had to get the back of the truck, goat was TOO close. Did you see the really cool buses as well?
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Old 09-21-2010, 03:47 PM   #322
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I miss glacier national park so much, to bad you didnt get any photos of the goats, last time i was there i had to get the back of the truck, goat was TOO close. Did you see the really cool buses as well?
Oh, we did see some goats! I have one more post for tonight
I even have a tiny bit of goat video.

It's a crap photo, but I zoomed in on a bus - just for you!


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Day 14 continued...


I was so disappointed that we didnít see any mountain goats.
But, as we were heading back down Going-to-the-Sun Road, Matt spotted some! Yay!
We did a quick U-turn and went back.
This guy was way up above the road...





There were more on the other side




Hey, shaggy!




This little one was so cute...





Super short video of the kid jumping down from the wall





Awww. I was so freaking happy to have seen some goats.

I havenít given you map nerds anything to look at in a while...
Hereís a blurry map of Glacier
The pink arrow shows where the goats were. McDonald falls are underlined, as is the campsite (Apgar).



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I see you got a picture of me - the scapegoat.



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Old 09-21-2010, 08:13 PM   #325
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Hi Nixels! I thought you'd be more like this - a musical goat



Day 14 continued...


There was a long wait to get back down the pass.
We talked to the flagger for a while. She was born and raised right near West Glacier. A true local.
She reminded me of Scarlett Johansson. Sorry, guys - no pics.
Youíll have to visit Glacier youself (They're going to be working on that wall for a few more years - Iím sure sheíll be there)!


Passed the Weeping Wall on the way down.




a short drive by video





Haystack Creek




They donít let you collect firewood in the park, so we picked up a bundle in West Glacier.
It didnít seem like quite enough, so we rode out of town and found some extra pieces off the highway.
Then we loaded up the truck and moved to Beverly...






dinnertime





Peas, mashed potatoes and sausage




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Great report I'm enjoying it, I used your "Make rocks you Favorite" mantra on my latest trip.
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Old 09-21-2010, 11:43 PM   #327
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I really liked the water fall video!!

I think I saw a Yeti walking through the snow.

Those goats remind me of my dog getting up on the arm of the couch for a nap(he's a jack russell and sits where he wants).
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Old 09-22-2010, 08:08 AM   #328
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Great report I'm enjoying it, I used your "Make rocks your Favorite" mantra on my latest trip.
Hi Loud Al - hope it helped!

Hey larryboy! Glad you liked the vid. When do we get to see pics of Louie?




Day 15: 7/21/10 Glacier NP to Helena, MT 270 miles


We cleared out of Apgar C.G. around 9am - there was already someone waiting for our spot!
Had some TAT-type bullshit, meandering through residential gravel roads.
The tracks took us to a bridge that had obviously been closed for years.
I'm sure it's been mentioned in RRs before and I just never noticed.








Pavement. Sigh.




Montana has some pretty houses...













Too bad Montana sucks so hard.
(Hayduke should start one of those websites for Colorado )












Ahhh. Thatís better








Yeah, Montana is a flaming piece of crap.
Why would anyone want to live there?
All that clean air and those stupid rivers...









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Day 15 continued...


We had some nice, fast roads...and we had them all to ourselves.















Stopped in Condon for fuel and food




Yummy sandwich for lunch (sorry about the bite - almost forgot to take a picture)




We were talking to the girls who work at the gas station - they were all excited about the new Twilight movie and I asked them how far they had to go to see it.
They have to drive 80 miles to Missoula! Wow. They must really like vampires.


BigWan and I took a wrong turn and came across this pretty house.
It had a nice shop and some cute outbuildings, too.
I could see living here with a dog and a bunch of goats...




A brief run on the highway




And then back in the forest






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Wow~!
I get to the next to last post and about had a heart attack!
No more posts! WTF?

You did put up another post...Whew!
Thanks!
Reading this is great fun!
Many thanks for you hard work posting and taking pics.
Never too many pics in a RR...but that's JMHO!
Thanks!~
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