Kettle Falls is on the Colville River just before in joins the Columbia River. The town was moved dur to a flood. The Grand Coulee Dam downriver has solved the flooding threat.
Dams along the rivers control flooding and provide hydroelectric power.
Penderay is the way you say Pend Oreille which is the big lake that I am riding around. The town has around 1100 people.
Sand Point with a population of 7300+ is a center of action for the neighboring counties. A timber area that cleared space for farming and now a recreation area. Three mountain ranges are close: Selkirk, Cabinet and Bitterroot. The ski resort near is the largest in Idaho. I am now less than 500 miles from the end of my trail. I better get moving again.
This stretch had many towns and it was fun to explore, stock up and refresh.
The mountains are quite a change to the bike routes. This means that the traffic will be heavier since this is the only highway to my destination for the day. I remember an article about biking to a fire tower and spending the night. I found the article in the Adventure Cycling magazine. https://www.adventurecycling.org/blog/sleeping-in-the-sky/?ruid=817551&utm_source=bikebits&utm_campaign=20220105_BikeBits&utm_medium=email . Photos and article by Aaron Teasdale. What a dream side trip.
The city of Whitefish is a resort based area close the the park, skiing, and the lake. 3028' and a population of 7700.
https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5270139.pdf This will give you more information.
The route above may have more little towns along the way, but I bet it will have heavier traffic. Meriwether, Blackfoot, Browning, Durham and then West Glacier.
Glacier National Park is on the US-Canadian border and covers 1 million acres. There are over 130 lakes. The Native American groups when the European's arrived were the Blackfeet in the east and the Flathead in the West. The park was established in 1910 and the Great Northern Railway built a hotel and a chalet to encourage tourists.
Most riders go from the west, but you can also ride from the St. Mary's entry in the east. From the west it will be 35 miles to Logan Pass and coming from the east it is an 18 mile ride. Remember you need to ride back to where you start :) or you may ride from St. Mary's to West Glacier would be 35 miles. The maps above will show you the options. Enjoy your choice.
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