29 Miles Whitefish MT to Glacier Campground and Cabins just outside (on a hill) West Glacier, MT.
Sun makes so much difference in a ride. We are only 29 miles from Whitefish today and the route was on a quiet country road so we feel refreshed from the ride. The temperature was in the mid 70's, a perfect day of riding.
We didn't feel like we went that far but the alternative was a lot of climbing and double the miles which would put us on the road out of West Glacier about mid day and it has no shoulders for about 10 miles. We plan to get an early start tomorrow and do that section while all the tourists in RV's are still sleeping. We are still going to gave another low mileage day, only 20 miles to another campground but then we will have an easy ( easier) trip over the pass. Dale has had food poisoning that has kept him inactive all weekend so he and Lorriann want to do it in slow stages which works for us. I have no doubt that we are in better shape than we were in the Cascades but it is still a mountain pass. We want to successfully complete one pass before we leave the mountains!
When we were biking today we met a rancher down at the Flathead River that we crossed. We talked with him about one thing and another and soon found out that he used to go horse packing back in the Bob Marshall wilderness area. I told him that I had been a hunting camp cook and he said that he knew the guy I had worked for. He had his own camp nearby the one that I cooked at. He remembered the "Cabin Creek" camp. I'd forgotten the name of the camp until he told me about it. He had some stories about some rescues that had to happen because of illness and injuries. It was fun reminiscing about that time of my life.
Our devotional that Dave and I read this morning talked about looking to the east. Seems appropriate as we prepare to leave the mountains.
The man took me to the gate that faces east, and there I saw coming from the east the dazzling light of the presence of the God of Israel. God's voice sounded like the roar of the sea, and the earth shone with the dazzling light.
We have been awed by the splendor and power of these mountains and the weather changes. This trip has truly been a gift of finding out how God cares for us through using our own resources but also depending on the kindness of strangers.