Day 60: Whitefish, MT July 16, 2007Posted by jonpierson in Uncategorized.
Good news, I’m only 100 miles away from the border!
This week has been great, lots of good cycling and lots of fun too. I’ve been joined by Jamie and Lee, as well as Steve from Great Divide Cyclery in Helena. Jamie is driving the shuttle vehicle, and the 3 guys are doing the riding. It’s working out really well. It’s a relief to have a shuttle vehicle at this late point in the tour. That will end in two days when Jamie and Lee head south to finish the sections they skipped. Steve also has to go back to work (the real world stinks sometimes, doesn’t it?)
Tomorrow we’re headed to Glacier National Park. I’ve always wanted to go. They say the glaciers will all have melted by the year 2030. Thats quite sad. So, better see them soon! Thanks to Liz, I’ve got a National Parks Pass, and entrance won’t cost us anything. It’ll be nice to get off the bikes for a day and do some typical sightseeing! Ahhh, gotta love the convenience of taking pictures right from the car.
Last night we stayed near Kalispell with Jim and Cristelle Parker. After an afternoon of tubing on the Swan River, we headed over to their friend Gary’s house for a great dinner, and even better desert. Pie and ice cream. Now how did that know that cyclists love pie and ice cream? Go figure! They were great hosts. I had met them 2-3 weeks ago at Bannack State Park the day they I fell on the bike. It was fun to reconnect, and have some fun on the river. Sometimes the magic of this bike tour has nothing to do with what you do on the bike, but what happens off the bike. Thank you for the special memories guys.
I also picked up 5 new gigs of music here in Whitefish. My dad custom loaded a Sansa MP3 player with new tunes to help me finish this ride. I’m right on schedule here to finish in Banff and meet my best friend Alex on July 23rd. This tour is wrapping up really nicely. What trip, I can’t believe it’s almost over. Before I know it I’ll be back on a plane to the east coast, and this will be a piece of history. Than I can begin bugging everyone for all the donations they’ve promised! Keep an eye on your inboxes for those emails! I’ve made good on my miles, now let’s see you make good on your pledges! Info on how to donate is listed on the right side of this page.
Once again, thanks for all of your support. Keep the comment and good wishes coming, and for those of you on the east coast, SEE YOU SOON!!