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Title: Going to the Sun Unlikely to Open Before July 4th
Post by: jamawani on May 26, 2018, 07:37:10 am
200-300 inches of snow. (5-7.5 meters for metric-heads)
Massive snow drifts and sheer drop-offs.

Video of recent plowing:
https://www.facebook.com/GlacierNPS/videos/10155811973194912/?hc_ref=ARSoVrydKJ3MvOu_efXmRBER9Uj5UwUMym29w4Z6Fy4T7N2r2XFF_VtSCmlh17yGugI&fref=nf
Title: Re: Going to the Sun Unlikely to Open Before July 4th
Post by: jamawani on May 30, 2018, 12:33:00 pm
Going to the Sun Road -
Plowing at the end of May
Title: Re: Going to the Sun Unlikely to Open Before July 4th
Post by: J Griffin on May 31, 2018, 11:16:24 am
That's interesting!  We're planning a mid-August gravel ride from Whitefish out to the Merc, then across the river and down to Apgar or Fish Creek on Inside North Fork, then back onto the pavement with a stop at Glacier distillery in Coram (of course!), then on to C-Falls and Mudman Burgers, then back to Whitefish. Anyone interested, PM me; we could use the company, but we're a couple of seriously out-of-shape OLD GUYS!!!!
Title: Re: Going to the Sun Unlikely to Open Before July 4th
Post by: jamawani on May 31, 2018, 11:46:37 am
Not even going to Bowman or Kintla Lakes??
If you are at the Merc, you really should consider Bowman, at least.
Title: Re: Going to the Sun Unlikely to Open Before July 4th
Post by: J Griffin on May 31, 2018, 11:50:13 am
we'll stop at the Merc for the baked goods orgy, but haven't yet decided on hitting Bowman (most likely we will) or go down to Quartz or Logging Creek for that night.  Then it's on to the closed section to Fish Creek campground.
Title: Re: Going to the Sun Unlikely to Open Before July 4th
Post by: BikeliciousBabe on June 01, 2018, 01:30:43 pm
Current web cam view shows temps in the 30s at the pass with what looks like stormy weather.
Title: Re: Going to the Sun Unlikely to Open Before July 4th
Post by: hikerjer on June 13, 2018, 12:23:07 am
FYI:

http://lastbestnews.com/site/2018/06/after-two-months-of-work-crews-finish-glacier-plowing/
Title: Re: Going to the Sun Unlikely to Open Before July 4th
Post by: BikeliciousBabe on June 17, 2018, 11:13:10 am
Keep in mind that just because it's plowed doesn't mean it will be open right away. I was there last year. The road was clear and dry but the not fully open due to avalanche fears on the east side. Despite that, I was allowed to ride up the west side. (Cars were prohibited beyond Avalanche Campground.) Unfortunately, the NPS opened the entire road to vehicles that morning. Got passed by the first car just below the loop. That was on June 28th.
Title: Re: Going to the Sun Unlikely to Open Before July 4th
Post by: hikerjer on June 18, 2018, 09:38:21 pm
Very true. And  given our current weather, it could close even if it open temporarily. It's raining in the valleys and snowing in the mountains right now.  Ya just don't know.
Title: Re: Going to the Sun Unlikely to Open Before July 4th
Post by: ggwbikemt on June 23, 2018, 06:53:17 am
Going to the Sun Road is now open to traffic as of June 23. See https://home.nps.gov/applications/glac/roadstatus/roadstatus.cfm
for updates.
Title: Re: Going to the Sun Unlikely to Open Before July 4th
Post by: John Nettles on July 02, 2018, 02:18:59 pm
Yea! 10 days earlier than Jamawami prediction.
Title: Re: Going to the Sun Unlikely to Open Before July 4th
Post by: J Griffin on September 26, 2019, 10:15:58 pm
We'll give this another go this next summer, and having just bought a pair of e-MTB's, the ride up should be especially nice!!
Title: Re: Going to the Sun Unlikely to Open Before July 4th
Post by: hikerjer on September 26, 2019, 11:49:42 pm
 "just bought a pair of e-MTB's,"  ---

Ah, we've gone over to the dark side, have we? :o
Title: Re: Going to the Sun Unlikely to Open Before July 4th
Post by: J Griffin on September 27, 2019, 02:46:47 pm
absolutely!! 
Title: Re: Going to the Sun Unlikely to Open Before July 4th
Post by: oldguybiker on September 27, 2019, 04:10:32 pm
hikerjer - is it true that NPS and BLM are going to start requiring e-MTB's to carry fire extinguishers? Probably a good idea to help prevent forest fires caused by exploding e-MTB batteries. 
Title: Re: Going to the Sun Unlikely to Open Before July 4th
Post by: hikerjer on September 28, 2019, 12:23:54 am
Haven't heard that one. Who knows?  Honestly, I'm not ready for an e-bike yet. Seems like cheating and too much  akin to a motorcycle. Like I said, not yet. Talk to me in ten years.
Title: Re: Going to the Sun Unlikely to Open Before July 4th
Post by: J Griffin on September 28, 2019, 12:43:44 pm
I've heard the "cheating" comment before on some of the videos I've watched.  but can't understand this: on our Class I bikes, if I don't pedal, i don't go, period.  It provides a boost for riding uphill, which this 71 year-old really appreciates!  I find that at my age, i no longer have the power for sustained hard climbs.  Like you say, in 10 years, it might be something you'll seriously check out!  Hopefully by then, the industry will have decided that the bells, whistles and foghorns aren't really necessary, and produce light, powerful motors and long-lasting batteries, rather than building bikes with computer-sensed automatically adjusted suspension systems (Fox), and anti lock brake systems....after all, it's just a frikkin` BICYCLE for Pete's sake, not the space shuttle!!!
Title: Re: Going to the Sun Unlikely to Open Before July 4th
Post by: hikerjer on September 28, 2019, 06:44:35 pm
I say "cheating" with tongue in cheek. Still, it's not quite the same as riding completely unassisted, is it?  I just don't know how I feel about this whole e-bike thing although I suspect their future development, refinement and widespread use is inevitable. Makes me wonder if regular peddle bicycles will become a thing of the past and be consigned to the realm of past curiosities sort of like the penny-farthings. I hope not, but some things are just going to happen. As for now, I'll continue to peddle - I'm 70 - but I'm not saying that the time won't come when an e-bike might look pretty attractive.  Time and old age get everyone, except those that die young, I suppose.
Title: Re: Going to the Sun Unlikely to Open Before July 4th
Post by: J Griffin on September 28, 2019, 11:15:39 pm
I wonder the same thing-especially since I haven't paid off my Trek Stache 8 yet!!!  but on mild terrain, I doubt unassisted bikes will ever go away.  I can't think but they will forever handle better, be lighter, and more nimble because of that.  But for climbing especially, and I don't enjoy the twisty, "flowy" single tracks out there, I really appreciate the extra power, especially for sustained climbs.  We live in a part of the Cascades of Washington that doesn't have a lot of flat spots.  Riding here requires a lot of work.  I live on a mile long 6% grade, and it's a slog with my stache, even with the dinner plate rear gear.  I'm maxxed out on heart rate climbing it, and only managing 3 or 4 mph.  In the lowest boost setting (eco) on my Turbo Levo, and I can manage 8-10 mph while maintaining a heart rate of around 120 bpm, and not top out the ciimb feeling like I need an hour in the recliner to recover.  When you think about it, this means i could slide back downhill and do it all over again, so it has the potential to double or triple my riding.  In the long run, i'm actually getting more of a sustained, lower level workout than I normally would, so it's a good benefit physically!   I probably will wind up changing my 32 tooth gear in the front to a 30 or 28, to prolong the battery life.  Gotta say though, it's really a gas to power up stuff I'd normally be walking!!!  And when DMV finally yanks my drivers license, I'll have to get myself a powered 3-wheeler, and become the terror of the retirement home!!