Rails to Trails Spokane to Glacier National?
I recently posted in the Pac NW Forum about my bike trip from Seattle to Boston, with the hope of using some "rails to trails" routes as a part of what will be largely a road trip. I'm in need of advice, now, for the Spokane to Glacier National Park leg of my ride.
I am looking for are some options - interesting ones- that will get me to that area of Montana. I'm planning on carrying two sets of tires with me, for some of the less-road tire friendly portions of the Iron Horse Trail, as well as having regular road tires, so I don't mind switching now and then. I'm retracing the route a friend from MN took in 1988, which largely followed US 2 from Seattle into ND (She died of cancer 2 years ago and this is a memorial ride in her name to raise $$ for the Mayo Cancer Clinic), but I'm also combining it with my love of trains and of history. So, while I could take her old path of US 2 from Spokane to Sandpoint then to Kalispell, I'm wondering what advice you have as alternates to that.
I'm a Minnesotan, so we aren't used to bears, etc. That said, I plan to camp a lot of this trip, but want to be smart about it too.