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Trip Start Jul 17, 2012
18Trip End Nov 30, 2012
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Leaving on route 93 the next day we spent all morning cruising and taking photos through the Icefield Parkway which is all inside the national park. Awesome scenery – especially the Columbia icefields and the Athabasca Glacier. Overnight stop in Radium Hot springs was our best accomodation yet. A small cabin, bikes right outside and a view of the mountains from the deck. Sunshine and 28C too so quickly dried out and repacked the tents which were still soaked from Stewart. Feeling good before crossing into Montana !
The morning was a quick run along the Kootenay valley and a quick fill up with fuel and spend the last of our Canadian currency. Smarties, Tortilla chips and orange juice fully stocked up the crossing into the US took about 10 seconds although the officer seemed to have had a sense of humour bypass
Next we gained entry to the Glacier National Park - $12 each covers a week - and then joined the Going to the Sun Road. It's about 50 miles of 'two lane blacktop' that I've been looking forward to riding. No sooner had we started though and we turned off into the Apgar campsite. Bit different to UK sites - all allocated spaces, fire pits and picnic tables as well as storage bins to keep food away from the pesky bears. Got a site (not that easy in Summer) and they even threw in 32c weather, no wind and no rain ! These are things I have not previously encountered when putting up a tent ! Went for a little wander and stumbled across a huge glacial lake with mega views. Hired a little boat and did the tourist thing and went for an hours spin. Rule 9 was don't swim from the boat. That was never going to be kept to so I jumped straight in. It was hilarious when JB 'forgot' how to select neutral or how to steer so he kept just burbling past out of arms reach going in circles. I shouted I was drowning but I think he actually had forgotten. Eventually I managed to drag myself back on board using all my inconsiderable strength. Oh, how we laughed ! Well, come to think of it it was just JB laughing. Found a shop and supplemented dinner with Cherry Ale. Trying to get to sleep and the thunder and lightning started ! Drizzle all through the night but stopped at day break. Another wet tent to pack away. On the bikes we went up the Logan Pass - phenomenal views even in the low cloud and single digit temperatures. Down the other side of the national park and an uneventful run across northern Montana. It was the non commercial side this time - vast spaces and lots of ranches. I can see why it is called 'big sky country'. A few bikes around - and even the Harley riders wave. Stopped to top up the oil and within seconds a couple had stopped to check we were ok. Overnight stop in a Days Inn in the state capital Helena - doing the blog and planning our foray into Yellowstone..