Day 7 started with our intrepid group of riders leaving the relative luxury of their Eureka, MT hotel and diving right back into more relative luxury with a nice breakfast at a local diner. Hey, as if you wouldn’t do the same?
The Whitefish Divide would be the challenge of they day, and after a tiring 54km over the pass the group would decide to setup camp. A box of wine was broken out to wash down dinner, while the riders would keep a paranoid eye out after a couple local berry pickers warned them of two bears in the area.
The plan for Day 8 was to ride to Upper Whitefish Lake and camp for the night.
The four riders rode thru the day, took a brief break at Redmeadow Lake to relax and soak their feet, and then continued on to Upper Whitefish Lake where they were promptly greeted by a “No Vacancy”. The group decided to change strategies, push hard, and finish up a day early.
After a 105km day, the crew rolled into the Whitefish Bike Retreat successfully completing their journey. A full 8 days on the trail, over 600km of riding, and close to 7000m of climbing were celebrated that night over ice cold wobbly pops and tired legs.
Ending the trip was a shuttle ride back, where the “It’s a small world” theory came into play as our riders met two other passengers headed up to Banff to start the same ride. Both of these riders live out in Kelowna BC, but had also purchased their bikes thru Wheel Life Cyclery!
All riders who took this trip upon themselves have since made it back home safely to their friends, families, and sadly, their day jobs.
A big CONGRATULATIONS to all the riders that took on this momentous trip! And a big THANK YOU for keeping in touch, and letting us at Wheel Life Cycery live vicariously thru your epic adventure. We’ll be excited to see what the rest of the year, and what 2020, hold in store for this budding group of bikepackers.