Hot & bothered

Trip Start May 06, 2012
Trip End Jun 26, 2012

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Flag of United States  , Montana
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

After my night in my self inflicted sauna, I set of just before 7am in the knowledge that I had a sneaky short cut. My maps were sending me North to Eureka and then down to West Glacier for a 145m 2 day round trip, I discovered that staying on my trusty US 2 that it was only 120m to West Glacier. 

On leaving Libby, which had been no friend of mine, I passed McKays street, which with a bit of editing, you will see is now Kays Street - I did look for her but I will have to wait until I come back for a mid cycle holiday over Jubille weekend! Can't wait to see her again - only issue is I am not sure it will be that easy to fly back to face another 4-5 weeks on the bike!

So I set off in the knowledge that I only had 56m to do - or that is what I had thought! I skipped breakfast - a mistake because there was nowhere on my entire planned route to eat, as I discovered. My route though seemingly not too short was up hill all day and again into a slight wind and though it only took me 6 hours I was dead about 10m before I finished and walked up 2 or 3 hills because I couldn't face cycling up them. Even though I was going at a leisurely pace I discovered that my HR had averaged 140 for the 6hrs - I thought I was getting fitter! However, think the part lack of food, part dehydration, the 3,000ft of climbing and part 90 degree heat might have been factors aswell as my exertions from the day before which though being as arduous and longer had been significantly easier. 

Fortunately, on arrival I was able to grab a towel and jump straight into Lake Macgregor, much to the amazement of the staff as it was about 3c! However, it was a fantastic way to cool down and get the legs iced as well as being incredibly stunning as you can see from the pictures below. The clarity of the mountain melt water was amazing - it is like looking through glass. It was a real pleasure & treat to behold and after changing into shorts and t-shirt I wolfed down some amazing nachos - I think anything would have been amazing so not sure my judgement on quality is to be taken too literally!

I started to feel alot better after having cooled down & having been fed and watered and I looked forward to a relaxed afternoon by the lake.... HOWEVER, their rooms had no running water and the log cabins by the lakes weren't theirs, the motel style ones behind the trees were.  It was not an easy decision but I waited a couple of hours for the heat to cool and then set off the 35m to Kalspool. I knew it was mostly down hill but fortunately it turned out to be a beautiful ride. The wind was with me, the views were magnificent and there was even a bike road for about 8m so I didn't have to worry about the passing cars. 

I arrived in Kalispell happy that the 35m had been far easy than I could have of hoped having taken only 2hrs - I do like gravity and the wind!  

Tommorrow I will push on to Essex - whey hey!
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