over the labour day long weekend, myself, the Mr, and 2 of our friends set out on a motorcycle road trip down through south western alberta into montana and then back up through south eastern british columbia. the trip was just shy of 950kms roundtrip and took us just under 3 full days with plenty of rest stops along the way, we really were in no hurry which is a lovely way to travel.
i did the trip on my drz400 supermoto (yes i was supa comfy!) and the Mr took his vstrom 650DL, loaded with most of our gear.
we left bright and early on saturday morning and headed south along the cowboy trail towards the us-can border. never having been through waterton national park, the scenery seriously knocked my socks off. we’ll have to do more in depth exploring there as i didn’t really get a chance to get my camera out and take proper photographs. i did snap a few photos during a rest stop, here’s one of them:
once we got through the border crossing, we made our way to st. mary and the start of the going-to-the-sun highway that winds its way through glacier national park in montana. if you’ve ever wanted to take that trip, i highly recommend it! its seriously a great ride on the bike and once you make it passed logan’s pass, thats where (in my opinion) the road gets even more stunning. anywho, we ended up doing some primitive camping north of st. mary because all of the campgrounds inside the park where full but honestly, i think we ended up on the winning side of that equation. we camped at a deserted campground that included a fantastic fireplace for super cheap – it cost us $25USD for 4 people to be right on the lake. can’t beat that!!
in the morning on day 2, we were treated to a stunning sunrise. i wish i could show you guys all the photos i took of the changing conditions but then we’d be here for a while! here’s my favourite shot:
after a hearty breakfast, we got back onto the road and headed back to the park. the park warden told us when we went to the gate on day 1 to show up early; we started on the road at about 0830 and she was right. for the first part, we were mostly alone but the crowds very quickly gathered and it made for some slow spots. nonetheless, this gave us plenty of time to enjoy the road and the scenery. logan’s pass was a total trip! it was cold and the clouds would set it, then 30 seconds later they would part and you’d be treated to some amazing views of the valley below. simply breathtaking! here’s a few snaps i caught on my iphone along the way, on the west side of the pass heading towards west glacier:
(above) this was my favourite part of the trip, the road into west glacier is stunning!
we had lunch in west glacier (while it rained) and headed back up into canada through eureka. again, we had no issues at the border and made it into canada in a span of 10 minutes for 3 bikes to get through. once in british columbia, we rode along hwy93 towards lake koocanusa and made camp overlooking the lake:
this has to be one of the few times camping where the nights were incredibly warm and we had no problems sleeping soundly in our tents. we brought along my 14+ year old two-man kelty tent and like always, it performed fantastically! if you’re in the market for a great tent that is easy to setup, i highly recommend kelty! well worth the money for sure.
day 3 saw us parting ways; our 2 friends had to be in the city early to pick up their kiddo while the mr and myself took the long scenic route home along forestry trunk road. large parts of that road were destroyed last summer when we experienced the 100-year flood and we had heard mixed reports of whether or not the road was open all the way. it turned out that it was, although it was a bit sketchy in some parts just due to all the damage caused. we tried to extend our trip as long as we could, taking all the back roads we could think of before actually heading home.
3 days on the bike passed by in the blink of an eye and the trip was amazing! we’re already planning our next adventure before “winter” officially starts here in alberta…
hope you all had a great long weekend as well!!