Rogue Riders Journey Day 7: August 22, 2013 – Red Deer Alberta to Kalispell Montana

What a great day to be back in the U.S.A! When we loaded up this morning in Red Deer the sun was already out and we all knew it was going to be a nice day. Today our group decided to be a little more conscientious of time and try to only stop when necessary. There was a nice breakfast at our hotel, so we opted to not stop and have a sit down lunch but rather grab snacks along the way. Barry led today and we had a fast moving ride to the boarder of the U.S.

When we approached the boarder, we found we were going to have an hour and a half wait!

Boarder Wars!

Boarder Wars!

Some of our other riders were ahead of us and we watched slowly in the hot sun as they made their way towards the boarder crossing.

boarder crossing

We tried to park our bikes under an awning by the Canadian side, but we were quickly told by one of their men that we couldn’t stay in the shade, but had to be on our bikes in the sun moving with the line.

This is the Canadian schmuck who told us we couldn't park in the shade

This is the Canadian schmuck who told us we couldn’t park in the shade

Paul making friends and getting his shirt signed by some lady waiting to cross the boarder

Paul making friends and getting his shirt signed by some lady waiting to cross the boarder

The line was a snails pace so by the time we made it to the check point we had stripped off as many layers as possible and were all about to pass out from heat exhaustion.

Still waiting to cross but getting close!

Still waiting to cross but getting close!

From the boarder on I led the group. We decided to take the “Going to the Sun Road” through Glacier National Park. It was an amazing scenic route, but it was REALLY slow! Definitely something everyone should do, but it was hard to handle in all the heat with our bikes acting up from the hot weather and slow going. We all made it just fine, and found our way into Kalispell to the Hilton Garden Inn. We stayed here for the 105th as well. We had our Rogue Rider’s Welcome to America Party with the whole crew, or at least all of those that are here at this point.

Dinner Party

Dinner Party

We might still be missing a few, but we had a good sized group. The food was awesome and we had a great time all sharing our stories from the ride.

Patti setting up pics

Patti setting up pics

Tomorrow we will be riding to Billings Montana which is surprisingly our longest mileage day! Lorie (our Service Rep from HD) and I will be taking a slightly different route than the group but we will meet them all in Billings for a party at Beartooth H-D with our friends from that dealership. I got a slight sunburn today, unfortunately the sun was to my left so not only am I rocking the raccoon look but the left side of my face is much more burnt than the right…hopefully I will even it out a little tomorrow!

AK Rogue Riders!

AK Rogue Riders!

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