Thursday, August 11, 2011

Trip to Polebridge.

Location, West Glacier, MT

Today began very early without breakfast I might add. We are driving to Polebridge which is on the west side of the park about 30 miles north of the entrance. All of those who ride bicycles will ride back via an old road now closed to traffic.

The goal was to have a sweet roll at the Polebridge Mercantile before everyone took off on the bicycles. And what sweet rolls they were! Fresh, homemade, sweet rolls, sticky buns, muffins, cookies, and bread. A bran muffin and Huckleberry bear claw were purchased for tomorrow’s breakfast.

Inside the store with all of it's baked goods!

Bread and bran nuffins fresh from the oven.

Living "off the grid".

Waiting in line for the "facilities".

We had conflicting information about the condition of the proposed bicycle route so we drove another mile and a half to a ranger station and found out that the road was indeed open. It was 27 miles in length with some elevation changes and river crossings.

We left the riders about 10 AM and dropped off a vehicle at the end of the trail so the riders could get back to camp.

The remainder of us stopped at camp for a while and then drove to Columbia Falls to pick up a prescription for one of the group and pick up a few groceries. On the way back to camp we stopped for Huckleberry ice cream cones and shakes. Huckleberries are a treat in this area and any Huckleberry product is very expensive.

The bike riders returned to camp about 3:30 PM. The made a quick trip of the ride. Along the way they did spot a bear but it ran off when the hollered.

Dinner tonight was BBQ’ed chicken.