Another recommendation of an interview with one of the Experts in Experts Speak Out, Scott Grainger, FPE, fire protections engineer licensed in thirteen states.

Rt. 2 parallels the train tracks through Montana, so the nights and the days are punctuated with the loud roaring of train engines and the deep ringing of steel on steel that lingers into the distance.  There was a lightening storm last night with rain.  I stayed mostly dry in the tent, and was up early in the morning again to ride over Marias Pass.  

A river access point along the Middle Fork Flathead River was a beautiful setting for a morning prayer.  The edge of the river, standing on the pink, blue and grey river rocks and looking out at the rolling green mountain tops, provided a perfect vista from which to reflect back and include all the people we’ve met along the way so far.

The ride this morning was cold, raining lightly, with a strong easterly headwind - the Snow Slip Café was a warm and friendly place to stop.  A couple of men having breakfast were surprised to see a cold cyclist walk in on such a windy morning.  After some friendly teasing, I told them the purpose of our bike tour and gave them DVD’s.  One let me know that I’d just made a connection with a law enforcement officer – he’s retired Montana State Patrol and seemed genuinely interested to view the forensic evidence from the World Trade Center site.  I left a DVD with Paul the cook at the café as well.

Leaving the café, I saw a bear, a tall skinny black bear, crossing the road.  I was so thrilled to see a bear that I went back into the cafe and told Paul.  He said that there’s also a grisly bear living in the forest behind the café.  And then he told me to be more worried about the dangers of moose than bears, “If you see a moose along the road, turn around and ride away from it.  Moose will charge.  Moose kill more people than bears.”  On the ride to the continental divide there was a lovely stair-step waterfall, multiple rivulets of water pouring over benches and steps of rock layers, all sheltered by green leafy trees.  

At the pass I gave a couple more DVD’s to people, a Native American traveling from New Mexico and a couple of men from Kalispell, MT.  Also I met two hikers along the road – they had hiked all the way from Mexico along the continental divide.  They’d been hiking in the forest for nine days and were out of food.  Unfortunately, I’d left camp in the morning without any food.  If I’d had anything I would have given it to them!  In East Glacier, I'm grateful that The Village Café has free wifi access available for making this update.



08/16/2012 6:56pm

I'll bet those were some of the mile-long coal trains we're trying to prevent out here.

Tom Finnell
08/22/2012 5:41pm

Isn't Glacier beautiful?
Great work, keep it up.


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