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In just three weeks we'll begin the drive to North Dakota to resume the ride begun two years ago. This time I hope to do it sans dogs. There seem to be two theories of how one should train for a cross-country ride: 1) ride a lot, including several long... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2017 at Chuck's Big Ride
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The morning started well, but slowly. I had a number of chores to take care of before heading out—answering some emails, airing up my tires, cleaning & then lubing my chain (and myself), and filling the water tank on the Rialta. Then at 9:10 I headed out on route 139... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at Chuck's Big Ride
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I mounted by steed (excuse the Montana/North Dakota influence here) at 8:20 this morning, right where I left off the ride late last Wednesday morning. The temperature was hovering around 60, and the wind was out of the NW ranging from about 7 mph when I began, to a roaring... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at Chuck's Big Ride
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Our second full day in Seattle was great. My meeting didn't begin until 10am so we had a later, casual breakfast at the hotel, read the paper, and I worked a couple of newspaper crosswords. The meeting was incredibly stimulating. It's amazing to see what this organization has done in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at Chuck's Big Ride
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Yesterday was an unusual day. We woke up in Dickinson, ND, broke camp and drove back west to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Our first stop was at the Painted Canyon Visitor Center. Here a couple of photos from the overlook: We drove on to Medora (I think we might qualify... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at Chuck's Big Ride
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Today's ride was only slightly longer than my shortest day's ride from Whitefish to West Glacier, Montana. I left the Medora Campground around 7:15, and about 1/2 mile later stopped to take this photo: This is where we entered the park last evening for the 36-mile loop drive, hoping to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at Chuck's Big Ride
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Having come into Glendive in the evening, having dinner late, and deciding to wait until morning to post the day's ride, I got out of the gate a bit later this morning, just about ten 'til 9 am. The temperature was 67 and overcast when I left the campground. You... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at Chuck's Big Ride
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"The best laid plans of mice and men…" Having stayed in Wolf Point last night, we drove to Vida early this morning, and I began my ride at 7:15. At 7:48 it ended…almost. Let me give you some back story. Before leaving Bellingham i bought a new rear tire, an... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at Chuck's Big Ride
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It was in the mid-60's when I left the campground at about 7:20 this morning. It's the first day I haven't started out with one of my thin, long-sleeved, wicking shirts under my bike jersey. I was plenty warm. One of the first unusual sights this morning was this: If... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2015 at Chuck's Big Ride
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The temperature was in the low 60's when I left the campground at 7:45 this morning and pulled back onto U.S. Route 2. The shoulder was wide, once I was out of Malta, and remained so for quite a number of miles. I had a theory about the changes, which... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2015 at Chuck's Big Ride
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It was 60 degrees in Havre at 6:35 this morning as I launched the bike onto U.S. 2 for my ride to Malta. Winds were light, but still mostly from the east. Shortly out of town I noticed that the landscape had changed a bit. Though I was still in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2015 at Chuck's Big Ride
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After a huge breakfast at Spud's Café (the same place we ate dinner last night), I saddled up and headed out at 8:12 (not to be too precise). It was a beautiful morning, with the temperature about 57 degrees, a light breeze (mostly from the south), and a wide shoulder.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at Chuck's Big Ride
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I rolled out of the campground at 8:30 this morning, after wiping dew off of the bike. The temperature was 52, and felt a bit chilly until I rode a bit. Last night, while searching for some other info on Google, I learned that Cut Bank had a 27-foot high... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at Chuck's Big Ride
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I got up at 7am this morning, and after the usual preparations, coffee, and instant oatmeal for breakfast, pedaled out at 8:20. The Adventure Cycling Association map had suggested that if one was not planning to go into Canada on the ride, which I wasn't, to ride north on route... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at Chuck's Big Ride
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I'm so happy we stayed over the extra night in West Glacier. The weather was perfect for the ride today. I got up at five and rolled out of the campsite at five minutes 'til six. Here was the view as I left the campground to pull onto the highway:... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at Chuck's Big Ride
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Last night was the quietest Fourth of July we've spent in ages. There's a total fireworks ban here—it would take very little to set all of Montana on fire right now—and we're in a relatively quiet campground. We went for dinner last night in an open air pavilion café next... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2015 at Chuck's Big Ride
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I got up at 6am today, but knowing that it would be a short ride, I didn't take off until 8:50. After making a loop through the downtown part of Whitefish that we hadn't seen yesterday, I headed out onto the route to West Glacier. Most of the route was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2015 at Chuck's Big Ride
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This is the third time today that I've written this post. At a point when I was almost finished I lost WIFI connection and everything disappeared. Argh! I'm posting it as I go, so you may be reading an unfinished blog. Ah technology. Ain't it great? So on this rest... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2015 at Chuck's Big Ride
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This is a photo I took last night from the campground where we stayed in Eureka: And here's one from this morning, just before the sun popped over the top of the mountains: I left camp at 7:25 this morning and began my ride through Eureka, following the instructions—"at Historical... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2015 at Chuck's Big Ride
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I rolled out of our campsite at 7:05 this morning, and in spite of sparse directions and unmarked streets, made my way through Libby onto the Old Haul Road (or, as it shows on Google Maps, the Champion Haul Road). The general surface of the road was smooth, as long... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2015 at Chuck's Big Ride
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We spent last night in Two Rivers RV Park in Noxon, Montana, right at the confluence of the Clark Fork and Bull Rivers. There were other bikers at the RV park last night. Two recently retired guys from Des Moines, Iowa, had begun their ride home from Anacortes. I chatted... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2015 at Chuck's Big Ride
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Yesterday we flew from Bellingham to Spokane and drove to Round Lake State Park, near Sandpoint. When we arrived around 4pm, it was 101 degrees. When we got to the park there were three bikers who had just resupplied their water and were ready to ride on. Two were on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at Chuck's Big Ride
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Last Wednesday Dee and I flew from Spokane, through Seattle, to Bellingham. As she posted on Facebook, "It took 8 days to cross WA west to east and 41 minutes to come back east to west." We came back for the Fifth Annual Chuckanut Writers Conference. The conference, as usual,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2015 at Chuck's Big Ride
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It was very sunny, but quite cool as I left Ione at 7:35 this morning. The beginning of the ride—in fact most of the day—was along the shore of the Pend Orielle River (pronounced Ponderay). In comparison to previous days, this ride was flat. There were some climbs, but only... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at Chuck's Big Ride
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The day started out beautifully, slightly cool but very pleasant for riding. I was very quickly on low-traffic roads between Kettle Falls and Colville, mostly in open farmland. Here's a photo looking back toward Kettle Falls. Lake Roosevelt is just over that first ridge. Here's another shot of the open... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at Chuck's Big Ride