Today was a 28 mile ride from Ram/Wigwam Campsite to Butt’s Patrol Cabin. I then did an extra round trip of 1 mile to go get water from the Flathead River. I finally feel after these last three days that this is a real true and proper camping adventure trip; the paved road turing just didn’t sit well with me.
Day started with me drying out my sleeping quilt. There was so much condensation on the inside of the tent. I slid down a bit during the night and the scrunched quilt pushed against the top rain fly. I also dried the inside with my orange absorbant towel. Whole time I had my solar panel in the sun charging its battery. Finally moved on out at 10AM, later than I would have liked.
I climbed 2000ft up to Cabin pass. The ride up had gorgeous views of the mountains. All still have some snow on them in their crooks and crannies. I stopped way too much and took photos. In general I was able to bike a fair portion of the climb. Much less step than Galton pass is.
The ride down was varied. Started off with a section that burned in the past. Pines were all white with black charred spots. This side of the pass gets much less traffic. There were tumbled rocks littering the roads in sections that would be to large for most vehicles to pass. I loved watching the bike tracks in the road. Bikes are definitely the main users on much of the East side of cabin pass.
Much of the decent was through a mixed forest on sandy clay roads. I’d hate to bike through here after it rained. There were tons of deep bike tracks. Maybe they were from the race. This section was very steep in places with a lot of hazardous rocks and sink holes to dodge. Most memorable was a stream flowing across the road filling the entire bottom of the valley. Around 30ft wide and above my pedals. Flowing slow enough I could bike through it. Thankfully the bottom wasnt muddy — I checked first!
Too quickly I moved into an active logging area. I don’t understand why they cut trees that are too small. Think of the size needed for old style fences. They pile them up and burn them. Evidently too expensive to haul out of the area.
The day finished up with a look at the Butt’s Patrol Cabin and seeing the water source was bad. Was unsure if I wanted to stay, so took the whole bike with me to the bridge over the Flathead River 0.5 miles away. There is an access road to the river right before the bridge. Nice clear water. Filled my 6 litre MSR Dromedary and water bottles. When I got back to the intersection heading towards the cabin, I was happy to notice it was downhill. Cabin it is tonight!
Dinner was a Knorr 7 minute rice meal and one whole cup of oatmeal — none of this half cup business I did at home.
Tomorrow is hopefully a super long 54 miles to the Mountain Shadows campground in Sparwood. Twenty miles is paved, so it should be doable but still difficult. Crossing my fingers that a store or restaurant is open, because I’ll need food. Still have oatmeal, but I’d rather not make two plus cups to get my needed calories.