Thursday, July 15, 2010 ----------------------- Bacon... bacon... bacon... Bacon! We had told Terri that we usually set our alarm at 09:00, and it was about then that the aroma of breakfast wafted up from the kitchen below us. Everything on the breakfast menu was included with the room, and the food Terri served us was ample and excellent. When other guests left the dining room, we had a chance to talk more with Terri. We learned that she had attended the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs for a few years before having a knee damaged too badly to continue. It wasn't until a couple of years later that knee-repair surgery improved enough to give her full use of her knee again. It had been the end of her military career, but she had prevailed. She did well at finding a new course to her life. Good for her. Myself, Terri, Laurie. There is a continental-style breakfast setup in the common area on the main floor, and all guests are welcome to it. (We had scarfed some muffins last night, since the kitchen had been closed and there was nothing else around.) All in all, I thought the place was very nice. Laurie and I got geared up and headed back toward St. Mary and the east entrance to Glacier National Park. The large tree-damaged area was due to a fire in 2006. The conifers still looked charred but the aspens and other deciduous trees had shed their bark and now looked bleached. Laurie stopped in St. Mary to put on her rain jacket, thinking that it would get cold as we got into higher altitudes. Actually, it stayed pretty warm, and you aren't moving very fast once you are in the park, so light jackets proved good enough for most riders. The red buses were all over, taking tourists through the park and giving them a narrated tour. Despite several road-work areas, the ride was nice and scenic. Photo interlude: We stopped (as did virtually everyone else) at Logan Pass to walk around a while. Lots of people hiked up onto the snow-covered ridges. The descent to the west was long and I just let the bike coast for most of it. Since I was running quietly, I noticed that I was hearing some chain noise coming from Laurie's bike ahead of me. I'd have to check it later. As we dropped out of the mountains, a medium-sized black bear zipped across the road right in front of us. Having my camera in the handlebar bag allows me catch a shot like this quickly. After leaving the Park, we took U.S. Highway 2 back to the east. I had ridden this section two years ago, so it was familiar to me. An easy ride. When we got to the town of East Glacier Park, we took Highway 40 north through another section that I hadn't seen before. Very nice ride, and it ensured that we didn't miss seeing the World's Largest Purple Spoon. Back at the B&B, Laurie relaxed while I sewed up one of my side bags where a seam had torn apart a week ago and had now gotten to the point that it needed to be repaired. The sewing kit that I carry is equipped with heavy thread and a variety of straight and curved needles, so it got the job done. I took a look at Laurie's chain and it certainly needed adjustment. After that, I did photo management and some writing before it was dinner time. Terri's menu was surprisingly varied, and the food was good and reasonably priced. Afterward, I went out and played toss-the-ball, toss-the-rawhide, and toss-the-cow horn with Terri's dogs. Cosmo, with the blue ball, was very persistent. If you were on the deck, he would bring the ball to the edge of the deck and push it to you with his nose. .