Today’s ride was fairly uneventful. Rode the western border of Glacier National Park for a few miles before heading slightly west again to make a 12-mile steady climb over the pass at Red Meadow Lake. Was sunny all day with temps ranging from mid 80 to low 90’s
From Red Meadow, it as pretty much all downhill into Whitefish. Not ALL downhill mind you. There were just enough uphill sections to keep me honest. Once I got into what seemed like the middle of downtown I used my phone to find the nearest restaurants, and a pizza place showed up as less than 100 yds away. Was good pizza and they sold by the slice. Three big slices, about 3/4 of a pizza, was good for me.
In the restaurant, I called a couple hostels listed on the map. First one was booked the other had camping only, but a shower. Ended up camping at the Montana Bike Hostel which was about a 7-mile ride out of town. It was kind of a cheeseball operation but at least it was a place to wash all the road dust off myself, pitch my tent best of all, not have to worry about bears.
I may stay in the area another day so I can visit the bike shop in Kalispell to see about a gearing change on my bike. My lowest gear is just too big yet for me to ride up many of the grades I’ve met. Doing a lot of pushing and I’d rather peddle. This current state of affairs is wearing me right the hell out.
Unfortunately, it’s Saturday and the bike shops are closed on Sunday, so I will have to wait until Monday to get this done.