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Offline driftlessregion

north of Missoula
« on: July 09, 2019, 04:48:44 pm »
The Great Parks route only uses a route from Missoula to Whitefish via MT 83 and back. There must be a reason not to do a loop using US 93 and then either side of Flathead Lake. Anyone with experience riding that stretch of highway?

Offline Iowagriz

Re: north of Missoula
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2019, 05:27:59 pm »
Haven't ridden it in 20yrs, but 93 from Missoula to Whitefish is high traffic, high tourist route. 83 has some narrow spots, but a better ride.

Bike dependent, but consider parts of the Tour Divide Route from Seeley Lake north.

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Offline BikeliciousBabe

Re: north of Missoula
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2019, 05:22:53 am »
Just rode U.S. 93 from Eureka to Whitefish a couple of weeks ago. Most of it was miserable. Somewhere south of Fortine you lose a useable shoulder in many places for a good stretch. Lots of very fast traffic, including motor homes and trailers. I was on 37c tires so I had the "luxury" of riding in the sand/dirt that borders the pavement for a little extra room. You finally get a break at Farm to Market Rd., but Lodgepole Rd. and the remainder of U.S. 93 into Whitefish is scary. The former is twisty with bad sight lines and uphills. Impatient motorists. The later has little to no useable shoulder, steep, shot hills and lots of traffic until you get close to the road for Whitefish Lake S.P. (which is a nice place).

MT 83 is better but has its bad spots. Going north from the junction with MT 200 there is about 9 miles with little or no shoulder. There is also a 15 mile stretch (MP 62 to MP 77.5, as you get close to the junction with MT 209) that is the same. In between, the shoulder ranges from decent enough to messed up.
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Offline John Nelson

Re: north of Missoula
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2019, 09:57:29 am »
the remainder of U.S. 93 into Whitefish is scary
Isn't every road into Whitefish scary?

Offline BikeliciousBabe

Re: north of Missoula
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2019, 07:08:53 pm »
U.S. 93 from the south has a lot of traffic, but I wouldn't call it scary. Large shoulder. You just need to b wary of turning traffic. And there is a back way in from Columbia Falls that's actually pleasant. Saw a huge fox riding toward C-Falls in 2017.

Stopped at ACA's headquarters on 6/30 and chatted with a rider who had come down U.S. 93 from Eureka. She mentioned Lodge Pole and the rest of U.S. 93 into town as really bad.