It feels sacred.
One of the greatest things to do in late spring is ride Going to the Sun road before it opens to cars. The experience of travel by bike is far richer than by car, where you are cut off from much sensory input. Cyclists, tourists and families travel to experience the road for themselves before the consistent waves of traffic start rolling in.
On the first weekend of June I, accompanied by a number of great ladies, biked the road from the Avalanche campground to Logan Pass. It’s a ride with many surprises. With elevation gain comes a change in plants. With each turn around a new bend comes a new view. It appears that these views and the immensity of inspiring distractions is what really makes the ride doable (at least for me!). All of a sudden, the pain in your legs or the panting in your lungs doesn’t really matter. You also begin realizing the diversity of people taking on the same journey.
We met a couple in their late 60’s that has done bike touring all around the country. We also saw a young family pulling their kids in a bike trailer. Seeing people come together to chase that same feeling of wonder despite age is very unifying.
Once we got to the top, we took a group photo and proceeded to the parking lot where we collapsed on the asphalt and had a wonderful nap and snack session. It’s only when you get off your bike that you really start to feel how hard your body is working. We exchanged some snacks and laughs before the great descent!
Amongst new and old friends, we all returned to our cars feeling joyous and alive (not to mention the satisfaction that came with having burgers and beers together at Packers Roost afterwards!).
It’s experiences like these that we remember for a long time.
Until next time car-less Going to the Sun and the mighty ladies of the Flathead!
Post by Shiva Solaimanian, Outsiety BadAssador