Glacier National Park's "Road Going to the Sun" offers one of the most incredible bicycle rides in North America. President Franklin D. Roosevelt built it with the Civilian Conservation Corps back in the 1930's. It reaches into the most remarkable beauty of Montana. A trip to the top on a bicycle takes five hours and/or more if you stop for lots of pictures.
At one point 100 years ago, more than 150 glaciers graced the park, but because of warming trends, the count dropped to under 30 glaciers left. We saw the Jackson Glacier on the East side of Logan's Pass.
As you ride up the "Road Going to the Sun" on the Western side, you see the "Weeping Wall" where the rocks gush water like a shower. You could actually jump under the shower for an icy cold experience. Also, you see the stunning "Birdwoman Falls" drop over 400 feet to the canyon below.
(David looking out over a vast canyon on the east side of Logan's Pass at 6600 feet. That mountain in the background is Mt. Clements.)
On the Eastern side of Glacier National Park, we dropped past snowfields, waterfalls and dense forests. Hawks flew overhead and deer munched on wildflowers. We saw an enormous number of wildflowers across the meadows.
(This young grizzly greeted us alongside the road. We realized that his mama couldn't be far behind, so we exited after this picture.)
Once while we pedaled in Norway, we actually jumped into waterfalls to get a VERY cold shower, but afterwards, so clean, and I can say this, you won't forget the tingling feeling of a Norwegian waterfall shower.
(Frosty standing next to an icy cold waterfall dropping right out of the snowfields.)
Why do I love bicycling so much?
Frank Cauthorn III
"I love riding my bicycle. I have four bikes and they are all for different types of riding. I love riding my bike for the sense of freedom it gives a person. I can ride down the street or across the country. The same feelings you had when you first rode a bike as a kid. I love fresh air and the morning dew when pushing out of where I camped the previous night. I really love my second breakfast after an easy 20 miles.
"I love riding my bike and discovering and seeing things that people speeding by at 65 mph never notice. The slower pace of bicycle touring has, a calming "peaceful easy feeling." I love riding my bicycle to the world's natural wonders and experiencing the beauty of mountains, lakes, rivers, hot springs, beaches.
"I love riding my bike to historical places and soaking in the knowledge of the place. I love riding my bike through rain, cold, heat, hills, bugs and all the other stuff that happens on a bike ride. I always say what doesn't kill ya' makes a great story later. But maybe the best thing about bike riding is the personal relationships you make along the way. I met Frosty and Don touring through Yellowstone national park. I have met so many wonderful people riding bikes.
"Touring cyclist almost always stop and exchange stories and information of where to stay the night or some cool place to see. Trail angels are a daily experience. If you go bicycle touring, you will discover the good in humanity. Bicycle touring simplifies life down to the basics of food, riding, and sleep. Oh, and I must laugh a lot. (part of Frank's hierarchy of needs). I love bicycle touring because it's environmentally friendly and very inexpensive way to travel. I love riding my bike because it makes my mind and body strong.
"There's only one bad ride and it's the one you don't take. My only regret of my ride last summer with Frosty, Don, Gerry and Robert, was that I wasn't able to ride the complete coast to coast with these authentic loving generous bicycling dudes."
- Frank Cauthorn, long distance touring bicycle adventurer, Lewis & Clark Trail
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In a five minute astoundingly simple yet brilliant video, "Immigration, Poverty, and Gum Balls", Roy Beck, director of www.numbersusa.ORG, graphically illustrates the impact of overpopulation. Take five minutes to see for yourself:
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"Immigration by the numbers—off the chart " by Roy Beck This 10-minute demonstration shows Americans the results of unending mass immigration on the quality of life and sustainability for future generations: in a few words, "Mind boggling!" www.NumbersUSA.org
-- Frosty Wooldridge
Population-Immigration-Environmental specialist: speaker at colleges, civic clubs, high schools and conferences
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Frosty Wooldridge, six continent world bicycle traveler, Astoria, Oregon to Bar Harbor, Maine, 4,100 miles, 13 states, Canada, summer 2017, 100,000 feet of climbing: