Another stateline, into lawless Montana

Trip Start Jul 01, 2013
Trip End Sep 07, 2013

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Monday, July 8, 2013

In the last ten minutes I have personally witnessed a hawk leaving a tree to dive into the lake at which we are camped looking for fish, and heard two gunshots at somewhat close range. Whether they are shooting at us, the hawk, or one of the bears we have heard about, we may never know.

Welcome to Montana. I will be in this state likely longer than any other this trip, and it has this far been both wild and hospitable, as tonight we find ourselves at another scenic lakeside campground. I look forward to many an eventful mile it's foreign and great expanse.

Today we (myself and Rob) left Idaho. The day's trip was along the edge of lake Pend Orielle, a beautiful and clear mountain lake. The surrounding areas such as Sandpoint have been developed into a large community, complete with its own Wal-Mart. I'm told that it is an area rife with retired police officers, as well as retired persons of all professions. I saw nothing of the sort out of the ordinary, other than the striking number of bike shops in town, very useful.

Noteworthy tonight is our dinner, comprised of Cheeseburger Helper, ground beef and mashed potatoes. Hardly being chefs, and desperate at that, we combined the three to create a depraved shepherds pie. Being bear country as mentioned, we cannot leave beef grease to sit in a trash can for fear that I may not be around to complete this blog. We left it in, and neither of us feel particularly great. Priest River ID > Noxon MT, 70 miles, day 8.
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Welcome to MT, I hope you like the state, you'll be here for a while, the western part is interesting, the eastern, not so much. It looks like you're heading towards Glacier Nat'l Park. We did the Going to the Sun Road back the end of June, at that time they had restrictions on bikes using the road, like no bikes between 11 and 4. Check before you get to committed. If you go that way It is a great trip, Logan pass had 4-5 feet of snow a couple of weeks ago, nothing on the roads however.

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