Trip starts out in Fort Benton, where we picked up our bikes at the Eagle Rider dealer.
We had barely reached the edge of town and we come upon a one lane tunnel to pass under the railroad, I just love one lane tunnels/roads. The rest of the ride on US 87 to Great Falls is scenic with rolling hills and farmland.
Outside of Great Falls we pick up Mt. 200 to Missoula, once again a scenic ride thru some farmlands, rolling hills, and some nice side by side river views.
We go south on US 93 to Lolo and US 12, this was the first area I was looking forward to. We travel US 12 (Lewis and Clark Hwy, NW Passage, etc.) 25 miles to Lolo Hot Springs where we had reserved a room at the Lolo Trail Center, because the Lolo Hot Springs next door was full.
Next morning stopped at the Lolo Pass vistor center to PLAY IN THE SNOW!!! It had snowed pretty heavy in this area 3 days before we arrived!
US 12 between Lolo and Kooskia, Id. is everything I had heard and much much more! Lots of curves, hills, mountains, riverside riding, I wanted to turn around and ride it again, but we had more to ride. US 12 between Kooskia and Orofino is a very visual ride with the river next to you the entire way.
Orofino is a nice sized mountain riverside town, with plenty of places to eat, and we had lunch there. Headed north on Id. 7 after lunch.
From the restaurant parking lot, notice the deer in the front yard, what a great lawn mower!
So glad I chose this road! I knicknamed it 'Little Bear-Dragon-Parkway', because it has a little of Beartooth Pass, Tail of the Dragon and Blue Ridge Parkway, and it is not even designated a scenic road on my map!! What a huge mistake by someone!!! This is on my top 3 or 4 roads of all time!
This road ended at Id. 3 and we went north to St. Maries where we spemt the night at St. Maries Inn Lodging and Restaurant. Brand new renovation in May 2008. Cheap, clean rooms and great food in the restaurant. Located one block west of the intersection of Id. 3 and Id. 5.
We head out north on Id. 3 next morning to Id. 97, another road I was looking forward to. It rims Lake Coeur D Alene. It rises up onto the mountain and down to the waters edge over and over, and is one the most beautiful lakeshore rides you can do.
We take I-90 west to US 95 and go north to Bonners Ferry. US 95 was a nice ride, but I had spent the previuos 2 days on amazing roads, so it is hard to be fair. We head east on US 2 thru another few hours of visual overlaod with mountains, curves and riverside riding to Kalispell, where we spend the night.
Next morning we coninue on to West Galcier where we stop in at the tourist center for stuff to buy. That is where we got the bad news! Avalanche at Logan's Pass,(remember that snow last week, they got 2 feet) we can't go all the way thru Galcier National Park on Going To The Sun Road. We can only go to campground at Trail of the Cedars and back out. After coming back out, I had to adjust our route, now it's back out to US 2 and rim ride The Glacier national Park all the way to East Glacier. Which turned out to be a great ride, just screwing up our plan by a half day. The jewel in this, was another great find, Mt. 49 between East Glacier and Kiowa and the intersection with US 89. A narrow road that was little bumpy in places, but with spectaular views and raggedy mountain edges! I really love it when we have to change roads!!!!
US 89 was a beautiful ride along the mountains, rivers and lakes. Before reaching the Canadian border I take Mt. 17(Chief Mtn. Hwy.) north, a great hilly curvy road to the border crossing and the candian check in. Proceeding on Canada Hwy. 6 now thru Waterton Lakes Ntl Park was another of those very nice and visual roads. After the park it was rolling hills with a lot of gusting winds(guess that's why they had signs up warning of wind gusts and giant windmills) to Pincher Creek, where we spent the night. Be sure and pass thru Pincher Creek to find a room, north side of town is all new stuff, south side is kind of worn out looking.
I'm getting pretty excited, as we head west on Hwy. 3, as this is my first trip into Canada. Notice the highway directions are opposite what they are in the states, a couple smart$&? types remind me of that when I ask for directions! They couldn't just follow our pattern? Hwy. 3 (Crows Nest Pass) does not let me down, very scenic with many wildlife sightings all the way to Fort Steele. We stop and make hurried type visit thru the old fort and surrounding buildings, worth the visit.
Riding Hwy. 93 north, I am satrting to realize how beautiful the Canadian Rockies are! Hard to believe, but the further north you go, the more spectacular the rockies are!
At Radium Hot Springs we head east thru the Kootenay National Park, a beautiful ride alll the way to Castle Maountain and Provincial Hwy. 1, but the skies had turned really black and ugly with the teperatures dropping fast!! My bike is reading 45-50 degrees and earlier it had been 70-80! A few sprinkles, but we press on, Flash is like me, 'Let's try to ride thru it', and not stop to put on rain gear. We ride west on Prov. Hwy. 1 to Lake Louise, where we get a room at the Lake Louise Mountain Lodge for the night, it rained right after check-in! We made it!!
Next morning we head north on Hwy. 93(west)??? doesn't make since to me either! Dosn't matter, because thsi is one of those roads I have been anticipating since the start, Icefields Parkway!!! 140 miles between Lake Louise and Jasper and to quote their website 'One of the world's most spectacular mountain highways. Unsurpassed mountain scenery paralleling the Great Divide, including the Columbia Icefields, Bow and Crowfoot Glaciers, Athabasca Falls and Peyto Lake. Grizzly and black bears, moose, caribou and other large wildlife'. I couldn't have said it any better...actually I was speechless for 140 miles, except to say wow, holly crap did you see that!
A must stop is at the glacier, very touristy, but what the hell are we, if not tourists.
It was about 1:00pm before we reached Jasper and we had left Lake Louise at 7:30am! We had lunch and headed out on Provincial Hwy. 16 to Edmonton. We had to be there that night as we had reservations and Flash was running the meeting for the Women in the Wind Summer nationals. The road was nice and travel friendly and not a bad ride for 225 miles that we only stopped once for gas!
2 days at the party...uh...er meeting, and we were off south in the rain! Rained for 100 miles to Calgary and after that the sky was clear back to the States!
Hwy. 2 south thru Calgary was smooth with rolling hills and farm land. As we approached the border and I-15 it started to get that Montana look, rolling hills, butte off in the distance, starting to feel like home!!
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