North to Alaska
I did something today that I usually dont like to do I turned North. You see, being from Connecticut turning South or West means you are beginning the trip and turning North or East means the trip is over and Im heading home.
But today, turning North means turning toward Alaska actually Canada first but Alaska will come along in due time.
Its 63 degrees when I walk out of the hotel this morning, but I am not deceived. Weather reports are warning of extreme heat again today so I understand that by noon traveling is going to get difficult.
I have about four hours of really enjoyable traveling along I-90 West across Montana the temperature rises slowly, but Montana and I are enjoying each others company once again.
Todays National Park stop is at Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site in Deer Lodge, MT it preserves the essential elements of the Grant-Kohrs Cattle Ranch depicting the frontier cattle industry from about 1850 to 1880. This is one of those out of the way parks that few people visit and it is pleasant to just stroll around the farm and enjoy the historic displays. I would have stayed longer, but the temperature was rising rapidly to over 100 degrees and I have many miles yet to travel.
Just west of Missoula, I find the end of the prairie and the beginning of the mountains and it is time to say goodbye to the Interstate Highways for an extended period of time as I head north on 93 toward Canada. I am disappointed at the very heavy traffic on this road there is more traffic here than there was on I-90. Im hoping that traffic will lighten up as I go further north Highway 93 and I are going to become good friends because she will take me all the way to the junction of Canada Highway 1 in Banff National Park.
I happen upon Flathead Lake in Polson, and I immediately understand the heavy traffic. Had I checked the map more carefully, I would have discovered that Friday afternoon on the way to the lake would be a busy drive. 93 winds its way all around the lake and provides some spectacular scenery as well as some cool breezes and traffic disappears once I pass the resort areas of the lake.
Its north to Whitefish today and then into Canada tomorrow morning. Im hoping the border crossing will be uneventful this is my first trip out of this country on a motorcycle so Im not quite sure what to expect. One thing Im hoping for is some cooler riding temperatures. Four or five hours riding in excess of 100 degrees is not fun so heres hoping for cooler riding tomorrow.
So to you and Iowa Sioux and Git Ander, German Shepherd, Plainfield, NJ I say goodnight from Whitefish, MT.