Mountain High 

Since the weather's finally holding, it's been nice seeing so many beautiful people riding their bikes around town. I've taken advantage myself, skidding into the office and stretching my legs down Orange Street at the end of another long day of journalism-ing. Yep, we Missoula folk love to bike, so it's no surprise that Adventure Cycling chose Missoula as their home way back in 1976. The mapmakers, tour guides and all-around cycling advocates just finished upgrading their downtown office with an eco-friendly new wing, and they are ready to party. The whole intersection of Pattee and Pine will be filled with food, music and a First Friday event shared with the MAM. Which means it will be pretty packed, so don't be ironic and drive down there.

click to enlarge PHOTO BY CHAD HARDER

Great timing: The next day you can stare at spokes on the silver screen when Reveal the Path opens at the Wilma. The producers of Ride the Divide present a worldwide adventure that follows famous cyclists around Scotland, Morocco, Alaska and Nepal. Reveal is one of those movies you just go "whoa" at, and maybe it will make you decide to buy that touring frame and do something with your summer after all.

Head to Adventure Cycling during First Friday festivities for a tour of their newly remodeled digs, live music and ice cream, lots of ice cream, from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, don't miss Mike Dion's and Hunter Weeks' film Reveal the Path and forsake your bike seat for one in the Wilma Theatre at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10. A Q&A with Dion follows.

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