We had it planned for weeks. It was time for an adventure, a journey, a trip into the undiscovered…it was time to bike Western Montana in the spring.

You see, while I’d enjoyed a bit of biking in my life, I’d never ridden the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park and neither had several of my friends. It was high time to get ‘er done. And while we knew that rain was in the forecast, there’s no way we were going to let a little moisture deter us from our goal.

So we rode.

And during the days, the rain fell…and fell…and fell, leaving us soaked to the core. But each evening, along with the rising of the moon, we were met with absolute beauty and peacefulness in one of the loveliest places in the world.

Here’s a look at our rain-filled, bike-filled and fun-filled week…

We started our journey in Whitefish, where we warmed up our legs on The Whitefish Trail.
As our biking gang journeyed to Montana from near and far, the boys at Great Northern Cycles took good care of our bike needs.
Before heading to Glacier National Park, we filled up on huckleberry pancakes from Hidden Moose Lodge. (My mouth is watering just thinking about them).
Lake McDonald Lodge in Glacier National Park.
An evening boat tour on Lake McDonald with Glacier Park Boat Company.
Between pancakes, daiquiris and ice cream, I'm quite sure I ate my weight in huckleberries.
The rivers and streams were rocking.
The highlight of the week: riding down the Going-to-the-Sun Road. (Thanks to Debbie Olsen for the photo).
The perfect ending to a day of biking: a huckleberry foot soak at Remedies Day Spa in West Glacier.

And after a full three and a half days (the majority of which were rain-filled) this was the view on the drive home.

Blue skies, sunshine and a calm Flathead Lake.

And you know what? I wouldn’t change a thing. I loved those rain-filled days, happy companies and am still relishing in the genuine fun that we had on our trip. After all, if you want the rainbow, you’ve gotta put up with the rain.

Here’s to loving the rainbows and the rain,

June 8, 2012

Related: Glacier National Park, West Glacier, Whitefish


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