Biking Glacier NP to Vancouver – Day 3 – Pincher Creek to Bellevue

Aug 5th 2010 — Biking,Glacier NP to Vancouver — 6:57 am

We didn’t heed the local’s warning about getting an early start, and ended up rolling out at about 11am, partly because I noticed my first (and only) flat of the trip right before we were about to leave.

Highway 6 went north briefly, and then we turned and headed west on the road that would eventually take us to Vancouver, highway 3. This was unfortunate because the mountains were to the west of us and the wind was coming out from them headed directly east. Once we turned onto highway 3 we had a constant headwind of maybe 20 to 30 mph, which makes a huge difference when you are biking. The traffic was pretty heinous at this point as well, which combined to produce our least-pleasant day of biking for the trip.

After a few hours of this madness it was time for lunch. We stopped at the Bellevue Inn to eat our food and drink their beer. After an hour or so the storm came in and horizontal rain made sure we weren’t going anywhere. As a result we ended up hanging out with what likely constituted about half the town of Bellevue.

There was Larry, whose name was on a plaque as the 2-time (and only recipient) of the local award for bullshit. He was working hard on his 3rd. His friend Frank ended up telling me about good places to strike it rich panning for gold in Washington. Junior was there with his wife and bought us all a round. By the evening the weather had cleared and we received the crucial local info about a good place to pitch the tent right down the road.


  1. Dude, the Burmis tree is messed up. They took a dead tree and replanted it. It’s like the only Zombie Tree I know of. I can only imagine what they will do when the thing rots in the next ten years or so.

    Comment by Luke Shorty — August 6, 2010 @ 7:30 am
  2. That lady was NOT Jr’s wife.

    Comment by Busy — August 8, 2010 @ 10:30 pm
  3. Luke, if you look in the picture there is also a big metal rod holding up the branch on the left side of the tree. It is hard for people to let go sometimes.

    Busy, Not his wife eh? I was trying to think about some of the stories he was telling and having a hard time.

    Comment by michael — August 10, 2010 @ 7:47 am
  4. Jr got real mad when she was referred to as his wife.

    Comment by Busy S — August 10, 2010 @ 11:50 am

    Comment by Busy S — February 1, 2014 @ 9:47 pm

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