Day 6

August 1, 2008-Day 6:  Hungry Horse, MT to Calgary, AB – 240.34 miles

Looking Back at East Glacier Park from Blackfeet Indian Reservation
Looking Back at East Glacier Park from Blackfeet Indian Reservation

Woke up this morning to the coldest weather of the trip thus far.  Called for long johns and leathers.  Headed out around the south end of the park along Interstate 2 to US-89 pointed the bike north and took off through the Blackfeet Indian Reservation towards the Canadian border.  A quick word of advice is warranted here.  When riding a motorcycle cross country or anywhere else for that matter, it is best advised to stay off of the reservations.  Road conditions just plain suck.  Potholes, loose gravel, sand and erosion make for a long, slow and rough ride.  By the time I reached the border crossing at Carway I was ready to rest.  The nice Canadian gentlemen at the border were more than willing to allow me the opportunity.  It took about 30 minutes to clear customs.  The nice gentlemen did a thorough job of checking the bike over while I got to sit upstairs and wait for them to return my passport.  All in all, these gentlemen were courteous and professional but they made it very clear as to what their job was.

Waterton Glacier International Park from Route 89
Waterton Glacier International Park from Route 89

Once in Canada, it was straight up Provincial Route 2 to Calgary.  The winds started picking up out of the west as I left the border and increased throughout the day.  Talk about your severe cross winds.  The weather service reported sustained winds of 35 to 40mph with gust as high as 50mph.  Once again, they were dead on.  I spent the rest of the ride to Calgary traveling down the road at about a 20⁰ angle into the wind with the now familiar death grip on the bars.

Border Crossing at Carway, AB
Border Crossing at Carway, AB

I arrived in Calgary around 3:30pm and after checking into my hotel, the Country Inn and Suites, I set off to find a cigar shop.  Thought I might pick up a few good Cubans.  Well didn’t find any good Cubans but I did find another dealer, Calgary Harley-Davidson.  Picked up another t-shirt and headed back to the hotel for dinner, drinks and a hot shower before hitting the sack.  Most of the images taken during this portion of the trip were taken from rest stops with the little Sony.

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