Montana and Idaho Bicycle Tour

Jun 19th 2009 — Biking,Montana,Montana and Idaho Loop — 2:20 pm

Yesterday I finished a 13 day tour with Jeff and his dad, John. We biked almost 900 miles through northwest Montana and the Idaho panhandle. The beginning of the trip we followed the Adventure Cycling Association’s “Great Parks North” route.

We started in Missoula and our first destination was Glacier National Park. The following pictures are all from the first 2 days. The weather started out a little cold and rainy but thankfully improved as the trip went on.

On a technical photographic note, most of these pictures were taken as RAW files using the Canon Hack Development Kit (CHDK) on my Powershot SD 850. If you have a Canon point and shoot camera loading this free program onto a memory card is a non-destructive, non-permanent way to enable a lot of different functions your camera is capable of, but aren’t built into Canon’s firmware.

CHDK has a lot of different functions you can enable, such as live histograms and motion sensitive photography. I was most excited about being about to take pictures in RAW format. If you aren’t familiar with RAW, Anytime you take a picture as a jpg your camera is deleting a lot of the information it originally collected from the sensor to create the relatively compressed jpg file. A RAW file, typically only available with higher end cameras, saves all this information.

The Beginning Seely Lake Campsite Marsh The Mission Mountains Jeff Pine Trees Swan Peak Jeff Biking Flathead Lake Jeff Flathead Repair


  1. Bicycling 900 miles in 13 days is quite a feat!! I am really looking forward to the forthcoming pictures. The lake is soooooo beautiful. Next time I am camping at Flathead lake I will surely camp down by the water. Did you all sleep in the one little tent in picture 2?

    Comment by eliza — June 20, 2009 @ 1:08 pm
  2. Beautiful pictures! I love that you document your travels so well. This way I get to feel like I was there.

    Eliza is right – 900 miles in 13 days with only 2-3 showers is no small accomplishment — it is impressive in both a physical and olfactory way.

    Comment by Hilary — June 22, 2009 @ 7:38 am
  3. Kick Butt Broseph! KICK BUTT INDEED!

    Comment by Luke — June 26, 2009 @ 6:32 am
  4. Hilary- fyi- some of us took more showers than that..

    Comment by John — June 26, 2009 @ 10:06 am
  5. Good to hear, John! Good to hear!

    Comment by Hilary — June 26, 2009 @ 10:40 am

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