Day 71 – Browning, MT to East Glacier Park, MT – 13 miles
The forecast for the next few days includes a wind advisory for sustained winds of 35-45 mph with gusts up to 65 mph likely. So, we made it to the hostel in East Glacier & are staying put for a few days!
We got up at 5 (not much earlier than usual), had breakfast, & then set out at about 6 am hoping to avoid the strongest wind. The wind didn’t die down much overnight but we figured it would only build into the afternoon. We could smell the smoke from the forest fires in Washington (& Canada) and it was very hazy. We rode with our flashers on & noticed all the cars had headlights on. Where there were mountains yesterday, we just saw hazy sky.
The first half of our ride was mostly an uphill climb. We met up with an eastbound rider, Rich Swanson, a Nebraskan who rode west from Bar Harbor, ME to Hazelton, ND and then ran into the same winds we did coming out of Fargo. He then decided to ride the route in the other direction, so went by car to Anacortes, WA and started riding from the west and will get picked up by his family in ND. We know the wind sure can drive you crazy on the plains but we’re still 1 day ahead, riding more with tailwinds than headwinds. But of course, we’re now taking a rest day due to ferocious head winds! We all have our own ways of coping with adversity on this ride and sure don’t judge anyone for their techniques because when it’s bad, it can be really bad!
Back to today’s ride, after riding about 7 miles up to an elevation of about 5,000′, we were mostly downhill into East Glacier, losing about 600′ that we’ll have to make up on our next riding day as we cross the Continental Divide at Marias Pass (5236′).
We got to our hostel shortly before 8 & immediately booked a second night. The place is called, Brownie’s hostel & bakery. As we sit here drinking coffee & eating huckleberry pie, we’re thinking this will be a good place to spend some time. 🙂
The mountains can’t be seen thru the haze:
Jim’s favorite – a crooked pic! 🙂