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Journey to the East: 6 June 2012

The high plains A floating weed with a tiny flower blooming in the wind -Hōsai Ozaki High plains drifting So toward sunset a massive thunderstorm began. Crazy strong wind, regular lightening and then rain; becoming torrential rain. I hung out in the RV Park rec room listening to the wind howl and the thunder, until finally retiring around midnight as the storm still raged. The thunder finally stopped about a half hour later and not…

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Journey to the East: 5 June 2012

Mountains receding The wind blows hard among the pines toward the beginning of an endless past. Listen: you’ve heard everything.   -Shinkichi Takahashi In which I leave the mountains behind Nicest morning in a long time with warm sun and a light breeze heading my way. I made good time to Browning, which is the largest town on the Blackfeet Reservation. From there however the wind turned and I fought a very strong headwind for…

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Journey to the East: 4 June 2012

Across the great divide The mountain slopes crawl with lumberjacks axing everything in sight — yet crimson flowers burn along the stream   -Chin-doba Last pass, perhaps? I had originally thought I’d spend another day at Glacier but what with it not being fully operational and it looking like a break in the weather I figure this was the best chance to cross the pass. This was the first pass since Sherman Pass (not that…

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Journey to the East: 3 June 2012

Sacred Dancing Cascade Glacier National Park Today was a rest day in Glacier, but basically Glacier isn’t really fully operational yet. A lot of campgrounds are closed, the Going-to-the-Sun Road isn’t fully open yet and the shuttle service isn’t running. So faced with either bicycling around to see stuff or taking an organized tour I opted for the latter. This really isn’t my style, as I tend to prefer to hike and to see less…

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Journey to the East: 2 June 2012

Glacier National Park What Bliss — empty roads into shrouded mountains; the spring rain Made it! to Glacier While it had cleared up last night, by the morning it was pouring rain. I got up during a break but as I took advantage of the facilities it returned harder than ever. So I just packed up and rode the half mile to the excellent Montana Coffee Traders to wait it out. I had breakfast and…

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Journey to the East: 1 June 2012

Rain clouds streaming down Lake Dickey In the rain I wash my muddy hands.   –Hōsai Ozak It’s not all sunshine and lollipops On a long tour eventually you are going to have better days than others. After the morning drizzle of yesterday, today it was full on rain driven by a westward wind (i.e. headwind). I’m of course a PNW bicycler and riding in the rain is old hat; but it still takes its…

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Journey to the East: 31 May 2012

Lake Dickey “Nothing would ever change; nothing new could ever be expected. It had to end, and it did. Now in the dark world where I dwell, ugly things, and surprising things, and sometimes little wondrous things, spill out in me constantly, and I can count on nothing.”   – Philip K. Dick, A Scanner Darkly I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe So today’s ride was from the lake valley plateau into a long…

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Journey to the East: 30 May 2012

Lake Koocanusa Careful! Even moonlit dewdrops, if you’re lured to watch, are a wall before truth.   -Sogyo Dam Lake Spent the bulk of this day riding first up to the Libby Dam and the along Lake Koocanusa, the reservoir created by the dam. Pretty uphill for a bit and then rolling along the edges of the former valley. The sun came and went and it was pretty warm when it was out. Once again…

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Journey to the East: 29 May 2012

Bull River Don’t tell me how difficult the Way The birds path, winding far, is right Before you. Water of the Dokei Gorge You return to the ocean, I to the mountain.   -Hofuku Scikatsu Cabinet I spent most of this days ride going through the Cabinet Mountain Wilderness which was quite scenic and lightly inhabited. First following the Bull River as it wound around the hills and then along Bull Lake. The latter had…

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Journey to the East: 28 May 2012

Montana! One room, one bed — enough. One jar, one bowl. A road runs to the village; There’s not a house I know.   -Ryuge Panhandling to Montana The Idaho Panhandle is only about 60 miles wide so after about half of this days ride I found myself in the third state of the tour. Overall a nice days ride, mostly along Lake Pend Oreille which was gently rolling terrain. I took the “Heron Alternative”…

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