Day 6 Columbia Falls to Flathead Lake, Big Fork
8/9/14 Saturday 30 miles
Soon after leaving our fancy campsite we were confronted with four lanes of Rt.2 to cross then ride. A break in traffic form the left allowed us to safely make it to the center turning lane where we stopped with feet on pavement to wait a few more minutes to cross the last two lanes. Then something strange happened. Time slowed down. Then I realized it was just the two lanes of traffic coming to a stop at a safe distance. Drivers waved us across as they waved and smiled. Was it a trap?!?!? Nope! Just people being nice. Wow! Small town Montana rocks!
Eventually the roads became busier and faster as we neared Big Fork. A stop at a grocery store full of weekend lake touron partiers was an accurate foreshadowing of the crowded shitshow of a park. Far too many people, jet skis, and RV’s. Oh my. This wasn’t the quiet solitude of the lakes in Glacier, it was a party lake.
Still a pretty sunset though! Unknown to us, the water of the lake retains a lot of the day’s heat creating a warm micro climate throughout the night. As we walked a 1/4 mile back to our campsite the air temperature must have dropped 15 degrees before reaching our tent!
Click on through to tomorrow…… 8/10/14 Flathead Lake, Big Fork