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Bicycle Travel => Routes => Topic started by: jwrushman on June 29, 2019, 04:45:02 pm

 
Title: Westbound Northern Tier, east of Glacier
Post by: jwrushman on June 29, 2019, 04:45:02 pm
I looking to modify the Northern Tier route going from Cut Bank to Browning before heading up to St. Mary's, thus avoiding the loop up to Cardston.  It looks like Starr School Road is paved the entire length from North Browning to its western terminus at Hwy 89.  Can someone confirm this?  I'm guessing there's a website that lets one know the condition of a road, e.g. paved versus dirt versus....   I don't trust Google Maps.  In Wisconsin, I started down a paved road that turned into a sandy ATV trail!
Title: Re: Westbound Northern Tier, east of Glacier
Post by: John Nelson on June 29, 2019, 07:36:26 pm
Do you realize that Cardston is the childhood home of Fay Wray (King Kong), and the site of the Remington Carriage Museum, voted "the best indoor attraction in Canada"? Do you really want to miss all that? They have a really good campground too.
Title: Re: Westbound Northern Tier, east of Glacier
Post by: driftlessregion on June 30, 2019, 06:04:24 pm
The Delorme Gazetteer shows it as paved as well, not that they are always right. A quick phone call to the Starr-Browning Airstrip (on Starr School Road)  or county roads department will probably answer your question.
Bicycle southern Wisconsin next time. All roads in the south are paved (for milk trucks).
Title: Re: Westbound Northern Tier, east of Glacier
Post by: ggwbikemt on June 30, 2019, 07:49:25 pm
Benchmark Map atlas and Google streetview also indicate that Starr School Road is paved all the way.
Title: Re: Westbound Northern Tier, east of Glacier
Post by: BikeliciousBabe on July 01, 2019, 11:30:43 am
It's paved. But Waterton Village, a short ways off route, is a great place for a day off. The Towne Campsite is in a dramatic setting. (Might want to make an advance reservation.)

Careful going through Browning. Sadly, there is a good deal of drug and alcohol abuse in the area. Also, traffic on U.S. 89 heading towards St. Mary might be heavy. At least there is a nice 6 mile descent into town.