7/30/2020 Thursday Columbia Falls Montana I woke up around 7 after a great nights sleep. While making coffee I noticed that the people that had the spot near us and right on the water had left and the spot was open. When Patti woke up we decide we would move our camp to the better spot. We picked up the tent as is and carried it over. Now we had possession which is important as people start hunting early for camping locations. After 15 minutes we had everything moved across. We didn’t get on the road to Glacier until later in the morning. This was a big mistake. Getting through the gate was easy with our life time passes. Traffic going by Lake McDonald was heavy and the closer we got to Going to the Sun Road it only got heavier. Patti had opted to go two-up which works great as she can take photos on the fly. This helped a lot today as it took most of my attention due to the stop and go traffic and having to work the clutch pretty hard. At one point I looked way up and noticed movement. It took me a second to realize that it was the road. It was a LONG way up. We crawled up the grade constantly stopping because others in front of us were doing the same to take pictures. Killer. But Patti was snapping away. I said I couldn’t wait to see the pictures so I could see what I missed. It took almost an hour to get to Logan Pass. The continental divide passes through. However, the parking lot was full and there were people walking everywhere. I asked a ranger how much further we could go. He told us the road was closed 12 miles ahead but we were welcome to go to the end. He told us there was a store and picnic sites at Rising Sun. Heading there was downhill. There was also very little traffic. I took advantage of the slope to coast. I knew the mileage up and back but I was a little concerned that I may not have enough gas. I was able to enjoy the ride down and take in the spectacular views. We got to Rising Sun, parked and walked to a picnic table. We had brought some cheese, crackers and sandwich meat to snack on. We had some company who entertained us while we ate. They were working for handouts and were rewarded with some crumbs. Eating done we headed down to Saint Mary Lake. We enjoyed the quiet and views as we cooled off. It was 2:30 and judging on how long it took us to get there I figured it would take us 90 minutes or more to get back over the pass. We pointed the bike back up the hill. Fortunately, traffic had thinned significantly. We were able to maintain speed almost all the way back up to Logan Pass. From there it was downhill the rest of the way. I shut the bike off for a few miles and coasted. I was concerned about our gas situation and also my front brake. As you may recall the front master cylinder was leaking. I finally turned the bike back on and used engine braking. Again, with the thinner traffic I was able to look around and take in the incredible views. We were back to Lake McDonald. We were half way down the side of the lake when my fuel light came one. It was another 15 miles to fuel so I knew we were OK. At the gas station the trip meter showed 295 miles and the bike took 6.5 gallons of gas. On the way back to camp we stopped at the grocery to get some more snacks, seltzer, ice and firewood. It was a jigsaw puzzle getting all of that strapped down on the bike. Back at camp we found a Super Tenere parked behind Pattis’ bike. We soon met the pilot known as Chefdave here on ADVrider. We invited him to share our site so he didn’t have to hump his gear to a site further in the woods. As Chefdave set up we mixed some drinks and carried our Kermit’s down to the water. There were a lot of locals landing their boats after their day floating on the river. We were told they could put in and float down from the Canadian Border which would be a multiple day trip. As things got cooler, we headed back up to our site and Patti made a fire. We sat snacked and talked until well after dark then into the tent to enjoy the sound of the river rushing by.