Bill Weidenfeller

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GLACIER NATIONAL PARK RIDE

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK in Montana
 

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK in Montana and Waterton Park in Alberta,
Canada are the locations for our second bike tour this summer. This is an adventure
marked by big climbs and breath taking scenery, and described as "one for any bucket list!"  
USA Today said that Glacier National Park's "Going to the Sun Road" is one of the World's Top 10 bike rides.  Cycling on it is "Perhaps the most exhilarating way to see one of the United States' most precious national gems.  At the turning point, you stare for miles at jaw-dropping views in all directions".  Join us!


  • Posted: Tue, 30 July 2013

    DAY 3 & DAY 4

    DAY 3 & DAY 4 ALBERTA,CANADA

    DAY 3  MANY GLACIER LODGE TO WATERTON, ALBERTA, CANADA

                              

                                      AND

    DAY 4  REST DAY IN WATERTON, ALBERTA

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    Today we crossed into Waterton National Park, the International Peace Park on Canadian soil, which is a beautiful extension of Glacier National Park, across the border in Alberta.

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    The 60 mile ride provided the challenges of serious climbs, some great descents, views of mountain lakes and forests…and even a Grizzly sighting by our guide and several riders. This prompted Joyce to buy a $50 anti-grizzly spray to carry on the bike.

    It was a long day on the bike, but very enjoyable.  Joyce proved her cycling skills today!

    We entered Canada on our bikes, having presented our passports at the border.

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    We were seriously dressed for cold weather today, and needed every bit of the warmth, as it was again cold.

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    On the final 10 mile descent into Waterton, Alberta, Joyce and I encountered rain and even some hail as we came into town.  

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    A cocktail party on the beach behind our Bayshore Resort preceded our chop house dinner.

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    We enjoyed our Rest Day in Waterton immensely.  It was warmer and sunny all day!

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  • Posted: Mon, 29 July 2013

    DAY 2 GOING TO THE SUN ROAD TO MANY GLACIER

    Day 2 Going To The Sun Road To Many Glacier

     DAY 2   GOING TO THE SUN ROAD TO MANY GLACIER LODGE

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    This is the day I have looked forward to for a long time.  It is the day we will climb Going  To The Sun Road to the summit at Logan Pass…and beyond.

    The Going to the Sun Road was completed in 1932 and is a spectacular 50 mile, paved two-lane highway that bisects the park east and west.  It spans the width of Glacier National Park, crossing the Continental Divide at 6,646 foot high Logan Pass.  It passes through almost every type of terrain in the park, from large glacier lakes and cedar forests in the lower valleys to windswept alpine tundra atop ;the pass.  Scenic viewpoints and pullouts line the road, so motorists and cyclists can stop for extended views and photos.  Going to the Sun Road was included in the National Register of Historic Places and was made a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.  It is generally open from June -Early Fall.

    We cycled out of Lake McDonald Lodge early in the morning onto Going To The Sun Road. It was well before the traffic would build.  The weather was CHILLY- in the 50’s- and completely overcast.  I thought I was well clothed for the day; arm and leg warmers, layered shirts and a wind breaker.

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    At the start we had 10 miles of flat road winding along side the river, then we began a 13 mile climb to the top.  It was a long, slow and steady climb on the narrow going To The Sun Road, miraculously cut into the side of the mountain with sheer drop-offs into the deep valley below. The cars were very cautious with us and vice versa.  The blind cut-backs and tunnels presented serious safety obstacles to cyclists.

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    We climbed 5000 feet into the clouds as the temperatures plummeted.  The visibility of the mountain scenery we had seen yesterday was non-existent.

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    We arrived at the 6600 feet summit of Logan Pass sweaty and freezing in the windy 38 degree temperature. 

    We descended 13 miles to the lunch stop at Rising Sun Campground.  It was SO COLD on the way down!  We had to stop often as our bodies shook on the bike.  We put plastic bags on our hands and newspapers in our shirts, but nothing helped until we reached lower altitudes.  Matt had made hot chocolate; a welcome surprise.

    Going To The Sun Road has been voted “one of the top 10 bike rides in the world” (USA Today) …and I’m sure it is just that on a sunny day with great visibility.  Today we rode it at less than its peak perfection, but it was a great ride up, and one to remember always!

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    We rode another 27 miles to Many Glacier Lodge —a remarkable old structure situated on Lake Shurburne and surrounded by dramatic peaks.

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  • Posted: Sun, 28 July 2013

    DAY 1 HIKING THE HIGHLINE TRAIL IN GLACIER NATIONAL PARK

    Day 1Hiking the Highline Trail in Glacier National Park

    DAY 1   HIKING THE HIGHLINE TRAIL IN GLACIER NATIONAL PARK

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    We met the other cyclists in our 7 member tour group at 7:30 am Sunday morning July 28 in Whitefish, MT and departed immediately for Glacier National Park in the van.

    We are fortunate to have a very interesting and compatible group once again.  Our guides Matt and Steve are experienced, hard working outdoorsmen who enjoy helping us enjoy our adventure of cycling in the mountains.

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    We met Dean, our hiking guide for the day, at Logan Pass at the summit of Going To  The Sun Road.  We headed out on the High Line Trail on a 7.5 mile hike after a discomforting introduction of what to do if confronted by a Grizzly.  Immediately we encountered a mountain goat and its young on a nearby ledge.

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    The trail was cut precariously into the side of the mountain.  Only experienced hikers (such as the one below) were comfortable on the high narrow path.

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    The vistas were more incredible than one could imagine; glaciers, waterfalls, snow-capped mountains under a blue sky.

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    The wildflowers (such as the Indian Paint Brush flower below) were abundant in the fields surrounding our lunch stop on the mountain.

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    We were grateful for such a beautiful day to see the best of the Park, as the weather in the days to follow would change abruptly and unfavorably. 

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    We stayed at beautiful Lake McDonald Lodge that evening in a cabin on the lake. 

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  • Posted: Sat, 27 July 2013

    THE WEEK BETWEEN THE TOURS

    THE WEEK BETWEEN THE TOURS: 7/20-7/28

    THE WEEK BETWEEN THE TOURS:  JULY 20 TO JULY28

    During the week between the bike tour in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado and the start of the Glacier National Park tour in Montana, we worked our way north on our drive to Whitefish, MT, where we will meet our biking group.  

    We had very enjoyable stops in Jackson Hole, WY, Yellowstone National Park, Chico Hot Springs, MT, Bigfork, MT, and Whitefish, MT.  These days were filled with incredible sights, and new adventures.

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    In Jackson Hole we biked from Moose, WY to Jenny Lake, a ride in which the snow-capped peaks of the Tetons towered over us with some of the best scenery in all of North America!

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    We floated in a raft for 14 miles down through the white water and the swiftly moving current of the Snake River on a warm and sunny afternoon.  A moose came down to the waterside for a drink as we passed.  Bald eagles soared high in the skies.  Jackson Hole will see us again: we loved it here!

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    Our first stop in Yellowstone was at Old Faithful.  The geyser blew exactly on time for the hundreds of on-lookers.  

    We visited a sanctuary for grizzly bears and wolves in West Yellowstone, where we experienced the behavior of these “killers” at feeding time.

    Up at dawn and in the Park early to see the wildlife, we were not disappointed with our sightings of bison, elk, fox and birds.

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    Next stop was Chico Hot Springs resort located 30 miles north of Yellowstone. Known for its hot springs pools, and Big Sky views, it is also a ranch with horses and acres of grazing land.  Fun spot!

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    Scenic Bigfork, MT sits at the top of Flathead Lake, the largest fresh water lake west of the Mississippi River.  We stayed at a lake side resort outside the artsy town of Bigfork, with long views of the lake.  

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    Finally arriving in Whitefish, we settled in at Khandahar Lodge (Montana not Afghanistan) in the ski village at Big Mountain, MT.  We spent a relaxing day cleaning bikes, washing laundry, and getting an oil change for the Buick.

    Tomorrow we will meet the other 6 members of our cycling group and enter Glacier National Park  to begin our much anticipated adventure!