Thursday, August 24, 2017

Flathead Valley

One week on Salt Spring, then home for a day to catch our breath and to repack the car. And then we're off again - on a real road trip (Salt Spring is fun, but doesn't really meet my criteria for a road trip).

We stopped briefly at Snoqualmie Pass to watch the moon pass in front of the sun. Ate cheese and salami at Frenchman's Coulee. Stopped for coffee at The Vault in Couer d'Alene. And had dinner at the 44 Outlaw Grill in St. Ignatius. We drove north through Ronan as the sun set and drove around Flathead Lake as the light faded.

The Kalispell Grand Hotel was the first of three renovated downtown hotels we checked out on the way back to Madison (the Arvon Hotel in Great Falls and the Hotel Donaldson in Fargo will be the other two).

Tuesday morning I pulled the bike out of the car and rode a great loop up past Foy's Lake. I even pedaled up to Lone Pine State Park for its great views back of the valley. The ride back down into town was much faster than the one up.

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