Thursday, July 5, 2007

Glacier National Park

So after a night of camping in the KOA outside Glacier, we got up and got on the road this morning kind of late. The ride through the park was slow and we took many breaks. But, to me it couldn't have been any better. Ok, maybe about 10 degrees cooler. It got pretty hot this afternoon.

The sights in the park are UNBELIEVABLE. I've never seen topology like this. It was awesome. Most of the day I was following Bruce around the twisty mountain roads. Bruce is towing a trailer, so normally following a bike pulling a trailer in twisties would have really bothered me. But not today, the sights were that good that I wanted to be driving slow...to those that know me, that should tell you something.

Unfortunately, we lost one of our riders today. Tom decided this trip wasn't for him. He is one of the elder (and wiser) riders, but he just didn't feel comfortable with the number of miles we were putting in everyday. Tom has many years riding experience and has done many long trips. But this was his first group ride. We were all sad to see Tom leave us and will definitely miss his company on the trip. He's going to do some visiting of family/friends out west here before heading home (to Ohio). So, it's down to 6 riders.

We had another ride drop their bike today. Nothing serious (again). We stopped in a gravel parking lot because Ron lost his hat off his bike (with his new Glacier pin). Ron decided not to go back to get the hat. As we turned around on the gravel, Leroy dropped his bike. Later down the road Leroy also lost one of his stuff sacks off his bike...nobody dropped their bike picking it up. Just for a tally on dropped bikes, I've dropped mine 3 times total (so far), Tom 1, and Leroy 1 since the beginning of this journey.

Well, after a 220 mile ride today we are now in Canada. We had no issues crossing the border. It took a couple extra minutes for Bruce (has the heat). Had a really cute waitress serving us diner. I'm beginning to like Canada...

If you would like to look at all the pictures I took at Glacier go here.

8 comments:

William said...

Our best to all of you from Ron's Akron friends. Sounds like you've had some good views. Stay safe!

Bill

Michele said...

Hope the guy who backed out gets home safely. I'm enjoying the blog and the awesome photos. Have fun and ride safe y'all.

Xena

Gina said...

Hi guys!! Glad to hear that everyone is safe and enjoying the trip so far. We are friends of Leroy and we laughed are asses off when we heard you say that he dropped his bike, we were glad that he was ok...but Leroy!!!!!!!!!is that couch to big for you!!! lol
be safe...we love you leroy!!!

Cindy Dietz said...

Screw Loose, It looks like a great adventure! Keep the posts coming, I am checking several times a day. AND TRY AND KEEP THE RUBBER SIDE DOWN!!! Be Safe.

Joakim said...

Stunning pics! Thanks for posting and sharing!

Joe said...

Nice pix. Glacier is certainly a very pretty area. The one time I was there, the fog was so thick, I couldn't see to the tops of the trees. It is nice enjoying the scenery vicariously. :)

Oh and maybe you should keep both hands on the handlebars instead of taking self portraits. ;) Travel safely!

brad said...

OK, So I had to sign up, but I had to comment. Still jealous as he**, but you have a new nickname. "The Dropper"! Keep posting when you can.

JJ said...

Thanks for blogging the trip. I'm completely jealous, but enjoying your accounts very much.