I have to look at the day as a whole
Trip Start Jul 01, 2013
63Trip End Sep 07, 2013
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Today was one of those mixtures that ended better than hoped. A lazy morning turned into a lazy midday, most productively I decided to make my way to Kalispell and retrieve my passport so as to attempt the Canadian leg of my journey. I am anxious to check out the Canuck Waterton Park, the better half of Glacier.
Retrieving my passport was no small feet as laziness told me not to ride to Kalispell, but hitch
I got a ride back from the UPS store almost instantly, perhaps because I made a WHITEFISH sign and held it on 93N. This time my ride was a conservation corps trail worker. We had much more in common.
On my bike at 4pm sharp as planned, it was a beautiful ride to Glacier along nice quiet roads, the kinds of back roads that really let you drift, no sharp turns, no cars, homes, stop signs, just a weaving road through the outer Glacier forest. Upon arriving in Glacier, I took the bike path and bypassed the park entrance, thereby bypassing the entrance fee, thank you for the tip guy-at-the-bike-shop-in-Whitefish. Glacier is truly breathtaking. What I have seen in these few hours nearly rivals Yosemite, which I didn't think possible
Ready for the icing on the cake? Upon arriving at my campsite at Avalanche Creek (Ok side-icing, the campground sign said FULL, and indeed the site was full by 5pm, I arrived shortly after 8pm. The campground hostess quickly informed me that she always makes room for bikers. Five bucks for the night, pretty good.) I opened the bear box to find a week's supply of food, with a note saying, "left on 7/12 for backpackers/hikers from (unintelligible name), enjoy and pay it forward!" Not only food but, stove fuel, matches, and whiskey. The nicest surprise in a string of nice surprises on this trip. Thank you, whoever you are.
Whitefish MT > Avalanche Creek Glacier MT, 45 miles, day 12.