On the Road Again
Day 19- June 19, 2014
East Glacier – Shelby, Montana – 73 miles (total miles 955)
Weather – Cool 40 – 60 degrees, light rain, overcast, tailwind
We finally were able to get going again, we got up early and were on the road by 7:00am. The weather was cold – 40 degrees with a light rain when we got started. We headed east on Hwy 2 to Browning 12 miles down the road and then on the Cut Bank which was another 34 miles away. As we rode the weather was getting better, temperature going up, lighter rain and more wind to push us along. We got to Cut Bank very quickly at an average speed of 19 miles per hour.
We stopped in Cut Bank for late breakfast at the Big Sky Café recommended by a local I met at the gas station. We were talking with the waitress and she asked us where we were going and where we were from. As we talked the couple (Kay and Nick)at the table right next to us overheard that we were from Green Bay. They also were from Green Bay – in fact Nick was a firefighter on the Green Bay Fire Department for 33 years. I told him about working for the Village of Allouez and helping with the consolidation of the departments. He retired prior to the merger. Boy it sure is a small world. The waitress then told us about a visit from a bunch of Packer players to the café last summer. She said about ten of them with their girlfriends and wives showed up for lunch on their way to Glacier National Park. She did not know who they were until a patron asked if she got their autographs, he then proceeded to tell her who they were.
Off on the bike again heading to Shelby – the ride was uneventful and we cruised into Shelby with a nice tail wind and a bit of rain. Shelby is being taken over by the oil fracking that is going on in the area. I met a young man from Paragon Geo Tech who is doing some testing to determine if oil is in the area – he said there definitely is and soon you will see more oil being produced here. We also saw lots of trains carrying large oil tankers. It appears to be putting lots of pressure on the area.
Tomorrow we head to Havre for our longest ride of the trip, the weather is supposed to be sunny, 70 degrees and with a 15 – 18 mile per hour tail wind.