Day 11 – Missoula, MT – Babb, MT

Day 11 – Missoula, MT – Babb, MT      08/31/10     Mileage:  210 

The hotel had a free breakfast consisting of fatty muffins and skinny coffee and I wished it were the other way around…but free is free and we both ate our fill. We rode out of Missoula at 9am heading north towards Glacier National Park.   

Rest stop on the way to Polson, MT...

 

Paul on the road to Polson, MT...

 

Bikes resting above Flathead Lake...

 

First stop would be the town of Polson, MT for gas a bite to eat. On the way we passed the Miracle of America Museum…and we couldn’t pass on this thin slice of roadside Americana. For the paltry sum of $5, we got to look at 50+ rare motorcycles, helicopters, jets, a washing machine collection, vintage cars, war memorabilia, farm equipment, vintage snowmobiles and snow cats, a tug boat and a million other things that defy classification. I’ll let the pictures do the talking…   

The Miracle of America Museum

 

A WWII era army half track...

 

Taking it all in...

 

Electric torture device or hair curler..I'll let you be the judge...

 

The predecessor to Paul’s R1150GS…and old BMW boxer powered side car…

 

Some old Harley's...

 

Yet another old Harley...

 

An old Excelsior...cool!

 

A three seat Indian three wheeler...ya...

 

An Ariel "Square Four"

 

Ready for tak-off....

 

Stick and rudder baby, nothing to it...

 

The Huey cockpit...

 

Paul has a go...

 

Bell Huey

 

Paul and I in the "MASH" chopper...

 

Even big kids like fire trucks...

 

Don't ask what it is, because I don't know...

 

Glacier National Park snow plow truck...

 

Glacier National Park snow plow truck...

 

At the helm...

 

After spending 2 hours crawling in, on and over random bits of Americana….we were famished and looking to fill the void…and did so with an all you can eat Chinese buffet. After stuffing ourselves with moo goo gai pan, we rolled up the east shore of Flathead Lake towards West Glacier and the entrance to Glacier National Park. We procured some provisions in hopes of camping in the park and then started up the Going to the Sun Road which traverses the park.   

Entering Glacier National Park

 

Heading up the Going to the Sun Road...

 

Getting higher up the pass...

 

Paul heading up the Going to the Sun Road

 

The overcast weather was turning quickly to rain as we climbed up into the higher elevations. Near the top of the pass, the rain turned to sleet as the temperature dipped into the 30’s. On top of that the road was under construction in spots so we had to wait in the sleet and rain for the road to reopen….then make our way up the pass. Once on the other side of the pass the weather was even worse and camping was not looking too appealing. This also explains the lack of pictures!   

A look back into Glacier Park from the east side...

 

After shopping around for suitable accommodations, we settled on the Duck Lake Lodge in the booming metropolis of Babb, MT.

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