Rain, clouds, Flathead country, heavy traffic...
Rained all night last night in Missoula. Dark skies this morning. Thank goodness for the long johns. HWY 93 connects for a few miles with I80 out of Missoula. Exit 96 puts me back on to the two lane.
Flathead Indian Reservation. Mission Mountains hiding in the clouds. The Salish and Kootenai people have traditionally used the mountains as a place for fishing, hunting, berry-picking and for performing sacred ceremonies.
Soft discussed light covers Flathead Lake. The lake is the largest fresh water lake west of the Mississippi. It is a remnant of an ancient, massive glacial dammed lake. Flathead Lake is 370 feet deep and one of the cleanest lakes in the world. Very popular boating and fishing location.
Made a 30 mile detour today to visit the National Bison Range. Theodore Roosevelt established the National Bison Range in 1908 to provide a permanent national bison range for the remaining herd of 100 bison. Arriving at the reserve a sign in red stated..."NO motorcycles allowed on auto tour roads". Man, was I disappointed. Guess you need four wheels to ride with a buffalo.
Runnin' in rain for the remainder of the day. Pulling into Kalispell rain stopped and traffic jams began. Holy smokes...all these folks must be heading for Glacier National Park. More stop lights and traffic then I have seen on most of HWY 93 since Mexico.
Kickstand down in Kalispell tonight. Heading for the northern border tomorrow.
be strong, be safe, Carlan