Posted by: mountainbikeadventures | 29/09/2009

Where to start?

Quick Intro…
So after taking a few tips and tricks on Blog writing from Cass, I set off on my own to
create my own Blog. A few of you will realize pretty quickly that i’m not the
photographer Cass is! Although I really like the header photo of my Blog
… And its one of mine 😀
Its realy a first step on the way towards a better Blog (It will get better as I go on ;-)).
The Story so far…
On the 12th September I packed my Bike, Bike Trailer, tools and a whole lot of camping
gear into a very large bag and set off for Denver in Colorado.
At this point we had no idea as to the where about of Cass. We had loosely arranged to
meet in Bozeman to start the Great Divide trails at around the 14th Sep.
Me at Mount Rushmore

Me at Mount Rushmore (a quick stop on the way up to Montana)

Vast open landscapes from the car

Vast open landscapes from the car

So it came as quite a shock when we arrived in Bozeman after driving nearly 1000 miles to find that he was in fact 2 weeks ride further north in Canada!After a little head scratching myself and Rob (my friend and Mountainbike trip companion) decided that the only way was to hire yet another car on the 16th and head north towards the border.

Driving on vast mostly deserted highways you get a great view occasionally

Driving on vast mostly deserted highways you get a great view occasionally

We arrived in Whitefish after driving another 400 miles north and quickly set up camp in a campsite by the lake. The following day we hooked up our bike trailers and set off 50 miles north (again!) on a dusty dirt track to Polebridge.

Heading north out of Whitefish up to Polebridge

Heading north out of Whitefish up to Polebridge

Dusty, rutted and empty..... This was the only road in and out of Polebridge

Dusty, rutted and empty..... This was the only road in and out of Polebridge

The sign says "Canadian Border 34 Miles"

The sign says "Canadian Border 34 Miles"

I’m happy to say that this was the last of our searching for the sometimes hard to track down Cass. We arrived dirty and dusty at the North Fork Hostel in Polebridge, where we were warmly greeted by the owner Oliver and Cass! hooray!

The fantastic North Fork Hostel where we spent 2 great nights (camping).

The fantastic North Fork Hostel where we spent 2 great nights (camping).

Polebridge General store (and wonderful Bakery) we bought fresh bread rolls and cakes every morning

Polebridge General store (and wonderful Bakery) we bought fresh bread rolls and cakes every morning

First day's riding with Cass was with no trailer (Meant I could keep up Great!).

First day's riding with Cass was with no trailer (Meant I could keep up.. Great!).

Lake Kintla is a Beautiful spot to get some amazing photos (about 20 miles north of Polebridge).

Lake Kintla is a Beautiful spot to get some amazing photos (about 20 miles north of Polebridge).

Sometimes we lost Cass while out riding, you would just spot a bike left on the track...  we realised that he would go to great lenghths to get those great shots

Sometimes we lost Cass while out riding, you would just spot a bike left on the track... we realised that he would go to great lenghths to get those great shots

Rob spotted this cool spot for taking a photo from the main track. At this point I was standing on the edge of a very large drop!

Rob spotted this cool place for taking a photo from the main track. At this point I was standing on the edge of a very large drop!

My Bike was looking pretty clean here.. you should see the state of it now!

My Bike was looking pretty clean here.. you should see the state of it now!

Oliver invited us in and treated us like his own personal guests a stay here wont be forgotten Cheers Oliver!

Oliver invited us in and treated us like his own personal guests. My stay at the North Fork Hostel wont be forgotten Cheers Oliver!

Rob and I at the NF Hostel before starting the Great Divide Trail

Rob and I at the NF Hostel before starting the Great Divide Trail

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