Day 41: Cardston, Alberta (Canada) to St. Mary, MT (72.5 miles)

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Waterton Lakes National Park

We woke up in Canada quite a bit cooker than we had been getting used to the last few days. With no rain in the forecast we had been able to sleep in our tent without the rain fly on, but we still got the morning dew, making things a bit damp. We had several steep climbs to look forward to before the US border, and we left the campsite wondering what the day held for us.

The climbs ended up being tiring but doable as we made or way into Waterton Lakes (Canadian) National Park, which is adjacent to Glacier National Park, separated by the border. The border crossing was about as easy as getting into Canada, and we so stopped there to eat a snack. We chatted with a driver for a support van of the bike touring company Back roads, and she gave us free bananas before we headed out.

We rode to Babb, MT where we were supposed to pick up new cleats for Cyrus’ cycling shoes, but an issue with the delivery delayed us. We killed time at a local cafe, where we were happy to see the first vegetarian/vegan options on a menu since Wisconsin. Of course, we had to dig in. The package we were waiting for ended up not having arrived, so, even though that meant Cyrus would be going over our first mountains without working cleats, we had to move on. We rode on to St. Mary and through the Glacier National Park entrance to camp at Rising Sun Campground, at the base of Going to the Sun Road, which we would take up the mountains the next day.

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Waterton Lakes National Park

We got everything square away in camp and went to bed VERY early to beat traffic the next day: cyclists are not allowed on Going to the Sun Road between 11am-4pm and we had 46 miles to do before then.

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