Oh Canada, why do you choose to be besties with Montana? We understand the climbs but the rain, fog and cold temps don’t make for easy cycling. Be nice!
Let’s just say after the high life “up on the mountain” yesterday, we very much felt like we traveled to the valley today.
First we watered down at a 123 year old market that’s been owned and operated by five generations. Very cool store – it’s seen a lot of history.
After the first 10 miles, very few pics because… it rained. All. Day. Long.
Where we expected to get pics at the Canadian border, her mountains and lakes entering the Waterton area and the countryside, there was so much fog and rain, our phones stayed safely tucked away in waterproof bags.
And we were NOT expecting Crusher Hill this morning and that was just the beginning of nearly 3,500 feet of elevation.
And the unexpected ride in the midst of free roaming curious cattle and horses was a little like cycling among the bison back in Yellowstone a few years back. #coexist
The US border agent rolled his eyes as we pulled up soaked to the core and thought to ask, “Didn’t you check the forecast before heading out?” Why yes sir we we did. When we explained what we were doing he just shook his head and said, “Just a couple of bada$$es”
Lol. Just a couple of grands out for a long bike ride. #bucketlist
The whole day we found something to smile about whether it was the generous shoulders the Canadian highways provide, the smooth pavement, or sailing down the other side of long hills. There is ALWAYS something for which to be grateful.
Although there was no second breakfast, Mountain View at about 45 miles greeted us with poutine, walking tacos, sweet potato fries and a burger. We were wet, cold and ravenous.
Finally to Cardston where we opted for a hotel to dry out our clothes, tent and cook a simple meal. And then there were those Blizzards from DQ.
Oh and the old timer in the vid is Russ from Idaho. Check out is 1947 Ford. Sweet!
Weather forecast is the same tomorrow with a little warmer temps however there are no services on the 73 mile ride.
Although we have plenty of food in our bike bags, no services means there will be no second breakfast or lunch stops like Mountain View to take shelter in and warm up. Wahhhh
We decided to go big or go home, keep smiling and pedal on instead of laying up in Cardston.
And… the extended weather forecast looks a little more optimistic! That’s something I can really smile about.