2013-07 GDRx2

The Great Divide Route (x2)

Motorcycling Adventure #13

20 days, 4,756 miles, Jul 2013

Ray Jardine

Day 13 2013-07-13 page 13 of 21

Day's Riding: Kalispell to campsite above Swan Lake, 242 mi.

Day 13: Montana

Reaching the Canadian border, I didn't pass through, but turned around and started following the GDR back to the south.

I always find it amazing that this fence is the international border. On this side I'm in the US. Someone on the other side would be in Canada.

The route passes through downtown Eureka Montana.

Following the route west up Graves Creek, I came to this road closed sign. Fortunately today is July 13, so the road is open.

Graves Creek. Last year I was turned back by an avalanche chute that had covered the road by a big snowbank, near here. But this year I am not finding snow anywhere.

Nice spring flowing out of a road cut.

I love to ride roads like this, with open views and beautiful scenery all around.

Heading for Polebridge.



I bought a raspberry turnover and a small cup of coffee. I had to use a plastic knife on the turnover, a fork wouldn't cut it. It was a meal in itself, and so delicious. The coffee was excellent also. I asked the friendly cashier how many mountain bicycles he sees coming through here on the annual GDR race, and he said at least 200. So about everyone makes the 4 mi detour to here from the route. Or maybe this is on the official route.

Red Meadow Lake

Bear Grass


Camp

Playing around with the late-afternoon sunbeams

Daisy

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