Four lane highway from Kalispell to Whitefish. At Whitefish HWY 93 turns back into a peaceful two laner north. In and out of rain squalls all morning Clouds cover the road heading toward the border.
Border of Canada and US. US HWY 93 ends at a simple yellow gate marking the boundary of two countries. Two borders, one marked with a steel wall and spikes, the other with a simple steel gate. Two borders separated by deserts, plains, mountains, and rivers. Separated by history of the west. Separated by human conflict.
With a bit of a heavy heart make a right turn off of HWY 93 onto Montana 37 south. Feels a bit strange to see a highway sign without the 93. Heading to Libby.
Few miles down the road see a guy standing in a John Deere tractor bucket loader carving a bear with a chain saw. Rolling by...my thoughts are scattered. What was that?
Half mile further down the road make a u-turn to see what that guy was doing. As he shuts down his chainsaw and dusts off the sawdust I meet Ron Adamson, western Sculpture artist. Quickly learn Ron doesn't just do art with a chainsaw. He works casting bronze most of the time. Have I been to Winslow, AZ on Route 66 before? Standing on the corner in Winslow, AZ are his famous bronze figures. The list of his work goes on from there. What a guy! Lives in Libby, MT, has his work across the country.
Montana 37 follows the Kootenai River all the way into Libby. This is one of those unknown two laners that should be on everyone's bucket list.
Kickstand down in Libby, MT. tonight. No wi-fi. Day late posting this. One more day of riding before dropping off the bike in Spokane Valley, WA.
be strong, be safe, Carlan