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yzfcathy 09-02-2010 10:31 PM

Cathy & Skips Montana Ride
The route Day 1 of 10
(two maps)

We started out here at the bottom of these two maps in Tucson. We discussed how to best attack this 10 day trip and chose to slab it north the first day to get out of the heat ASAP and to maxamize our time in Montana. Our primary target area to ride and visit.

Provo UT was our stop on day one. A lot of slab, but worth it in the end for sure as it gave us a great jump on the trip and some extra time to explore MT.

Pix to come next...

yzfcathy 09-07-2010 12:56 PM

Day 1 to Provo
Day 1 was a slabber. It did start to get scenic once we got out of the heat past Flagstaff.
This is as we're coming into Lee's Ferry, about to cross the Colorado River.

Crossing the Colorado.
We cheated and used the bridge.....not very ADV'y is it?

The sun sets and we're around Spanish Fork UT. We'll stop in Provo and call it a day.
The moon is just showing itself.

Goodnight day one.

yzfcathy 09-07-2010 01:58 PM

Day 2 to Darby, Day 3 to the Park
The map of day 2. Provo to Darby.

Can you tell we're not in AZ anymore? We're in Idaho now. I bet some of you know where.
I thought ID was all about giant Potato's not Pickles!

We enjoyed 93 so much, running up to Darby that I didn't get any pix that turned out.
I can hardly believe it now looking back. That was some of the best road we hit along the trip.

We stayed in Darby and celebrated my birthday while we were at it.
Thank you honey for the brthday "Cake" and all the nice waterproof gear
I would use tomorrow.

Goodnight Day 2

Map for day 3 coming soon...

.....Day 3 map

Day 3, we were loading up in Darby and as I snapped my GPS
onto the RAM it broke. Dang, these things are delicate.
Although this was my backup RAM afterall, the one I had broke once before
when it lived on my dirtbike that tipped over one time too many.

We stopped in Missoula and found some JB Weld. I hope it works.
We also posted up in the Rockies forum and asked for local places
to look along our route for a replacement mount.

We stopped for a late breakfast here at the "Biscuit". We didn't have the Biscuits though.

We stopped in at Polson to say hi to a fellow ADVer Shezonit.
She gave us a good route into Glacier.
We went up the East side of Flathead Lake into the park.
Raingear was on order for this part of the ride.

We took this "Going To The Sun Hwy" but didn't find any Sun at all.
I had to go on the www later to see what we rode through looked like in the clear.
I hear it's very pretty! I thought it was spectacular even in the rain and clouds.

Fortunately at the summit it was still a balmy 41 F so we didn't need those studded tires,
just good raingear.

As we dropped down the back side and towards St Mary's Lake we found a rainbow.

We were thinking of staying overnight in Hungry Horse (cool name and all) but we went into Columbia Falls instead. Good call since we were told by Shezonit about a great coffee place for breakfast.

Goodnight Day 3.

yzfcathy 09-07-2010 09:30 PM

Day 4 Columbia Falls to Bozeman
Day 4 map
We packed up this morning and I got to try the new and improved JB Welded RAM mount. Seems good. Yeaaa!

We had a great little breakfast at Montana Coffee Traders. Shezonit was right on with this recommendation.

I took all kinds of pix along the way. I also learned that all those pix taken on the fly aren't working very well.
Next trip we'll build in time to stop and smell the roses so to speak.
Here's what I got today.

We got fuel in Ellison, just outside of Helena. I liked the name of the bar next door.
Lawdog's Saloon. (Biker's Welcome too).
Too bad it wasn't 5 O'Clock yet. We could have stopped and had a shot.

We continued on through Helena and into Bozeman where we stayed with Skips friends,
Nonnie and David. They have a nice little guest house out back.

David also has an R1200GS.........hmm, maybe we'll all go for a ride tomorrow.
We're going to stay an extra day here and enjoy friends and a little rest from the road.

Goodnight Day 4

yzfcathy 09-09-2010 12:55 PM

Day 5 in BZN Flaathead Pass Ride
Today we would rest up, take it easy and do a little visiting with some of Skip's friends he went to school with. We took the advice of some local inmate suggestions and found a RAM mount at Wholesale Sports.

Looks like the JB Weld will hold least now I'll have a backup.

Map and pix next.........
Here's the loop we did on our "day off" ride. We went counter clockwise out of Bozeman. It was about 77 miles total. We had mentioned our little ride to one of Skip's friends Carol who told us it was a pretty rough area. We thought aww, how rough can it be and set out on our big heavy bikes...

First part was a nice twisty bit up Bridger Canyon, David in the lead.

David and Skip on their big 1200's...........wait for me on my wee little F8.

The start of the "dirt" and it looks pretty tame so far.

Now we're looking down the hill here and wondering what the path looks like as we drop
into that little valley over there on the left. That's where we're heading.

We start down and David there is asking us if these big bikes are made for this. We tell
him oh of course they are....He only has 3500 miles on his GS so far and hasn't done much
off road yet.

I say just follow me (I left out the part about "follow me on my light little F800" on your
slightly overweight 1200) down this little grade here.

See, your'e doing great. Isn't this fun!

We stopped short of full commitment and all walked down about a mile to see if we
thought this was do-able for everyone. We decided to jump in and that going down would
be much better than turning around now. So far so good.

Ok, that was a little "sporty" but wow we made it. Let's take a breather and pat ourselves
on the backs. It will probably get easier from here on out...right!

Ok, well maybe there is this one area here that is a bit challenging, but then it will
get easier...right!

Ok, ok, hauling these big bikes down here is some work. Let's take another quick breather.
Kind of a trick keeping them slowed while pointing down such steep loose terrain.
Fun though, who would have thought the same bikes you rode across the country with can
come and play here also.

Good news David, it's flattening out. We must be about out of the tricky stuff.

Ya know how when you come across a big puddle sometimes, and you can't see the bottom,
and you wonder what the bottom is like, and you want to watch someone else go through first
so you can see if they sink to the airbox or keep going?

Ya know...I went through first on my little F800, David and Skip were behind me too far to watch exactly,
but I stopped on the other side and figured they would see my tracks on the left side of the puddle
and see I came out safe and sound...

Sometimes the line up the middle works great, sometimes not so much...David started
straight up the middle and got on top of a slimey (look it up it's a word) bit of dirt and
drifted off the little hump and into the deeper part and got stuck. Yuk, your boots are
getting all wet boys.

Here we go, flat, smooth and dry. Easy peasy now.

There we are, home and with only some dirt to show for it...

Hey, wait a minute. What's that?

...and that?
I had heard a rumor there was a recall on the F800 chain just before we left on this trip.
Hmm, maybe I should have jumped on it. I guess something along our little ride today
took it's toll on my chain.

Oh well, all the shops are closed so let's have a beer and figure it out tomorrow.

Goodnight Day 5

yzfcathy 09-10-2010 07:56 AM

Day 6 Beartooth Pass...
Day 6 Beartooth and more.
The Maps...

We had ambitious riding plans for today. Our goal was to get to Steamboat and visit
with Tellydoug and Whitewater18 whom we had met at the RMAR.
But first I had a chain issue to fix...quick.

Last night I had called my local dealer, Ironhorse in Tucson (they rock by the way) and
got the info I needed to search for a chain. I had made a call at a shop (Bike Shack)
last night with a message of my plight. Nathan there called me back (early) this morning with
good news that he had a chain.

Skip and David had already headed out hoping the rumors were true about Nathan
being an early riser at the Bike Shack and he comes in early. As I was talking to Nathan
on the phone the boys walked into his shop. Nice timing.

I didn't have a chain tool either and Nathan "rented" us his. Thank you so much.
Skip and David got a chain and grabbed the Motion Pro chain tool from Nathan and came home.

In short order we had the chain on and would stop at the Bike Shack to give Nathan back
his chain tool.

Dirty bike, new chain. We're all set.

Goodbye Nonnie and David. Thank you for having us. Hey David, you have riding gear on.
Are you going on a ride today too? What's that, you say Nonnie needs some alone time to
finish writing her novel and you want to go with us up Beartooth. Great idea.

No joke though, Nonnie has just finished a book and she has many stories published about their
sailing adventures around the world. Looks like there are ways to explore the world other than on
a motorbike.
We got packed and were on the road by around 10AM. Not too bad for starting out
the morning still in search of a chain.

Here we are at Nathan's returning the tool and getting back our "rental" deposit.
Thanks again so much Nathan. It is great peace of mind knowing we didn't Micky Mouse
the rivets on this chain for the next 1500 miles.

Bike Shack Bozeman MT

Headin' East

Let's ride

Let's eat! Red Lodge

Let's ride some more...

David enjoying the road

We waved goodbye to David at the junction of 212 and 296. David went into the park,
exited out at Gardiner and headed for home in Bozeman. We continued toward Cody.

A bridge we stopped at along the way to Cody.

That's a long way down ain't it!

Don't let go of that railing.

Our bikes take a rest as we take a few pix.

Back on the road.

We stopped into Cody at an auto parts store, to get more pieces for my bike of
course. Just a headlamp bulb this time.
There was this deer who came by to see what we were doing. We tried to
shoe her away before she crossed the busy road.

I think she wanted to make fun of me and my parts collection along this trip.

Nothing to see here deer, move along now.

Back on the road

Me and my shadow...

Here we are chasing the sun as we arrive in Thermopolis

Goodnight Day 6

GB 09-10-2010 11:51 AM

Looks good!! That chain is worthless.. mine was recalled and I supplied them a masterlink chain.

Thread title changed as per your request.

Becktastic 09-10-2010 02:06 PM

Great pics and reports! LOVED BEARTOOTH PASS!!!

Looks like it warmed up a bit since I was there though. :1drink

yzfcathy 09-10-2010 08:11 PM

Day 7 to Steamboat
Day 7, the maps...

We left Thermopolis and high tailed it to Hayden to meet up with Tellydoug.
Telly said we could take a little jaunt off road that would be nice.

Getting out of Thermopolis

First thing we hit was construction, pretty area nonetheless.

300 miles later we met Telly in Hayden and he said to follow him, so we did...for about 125 miles!

....more later

...the more later part
Trying to keep Telly in sight so we don't get lost.

Ahh good, a few pony's in the road to slow Telly down.

Doh, there he goes again...

Excellent, some sheep to slow Telly down again

There he goes again....wait!

I'm pretty sure this is Slater CO. Population 3 with us here today!

The sun's getting low, lets keep ridin'. We got places to go, things to see, Furry cows to cook up.

Here's the little furry cows.

Doug waited for us to catch up in the shade... to this cool rock formation

None of these trees in Tucson

We got on pavement, a very nice twisty road. We caught up to Doug when he got
behind a local constable escorting a tow truck. I thought Telly was going to zoom
right by, but they must know Doug in these parts. The officer pulled over and let us
all pass. I figured it was a setup and was cautious. Doug didn't...he was gone.

Fortunately we had one of those James Bond 007 beepers on Telly's bike, so he
couldn't shake us and we followed him to his place in town.

Tunred out Doug had a busy evening planned. Some big school kid campout
at his ranch. So he set us up at his place, fired up the barbie, cooked up a
fuzzy cute cow for us and took off for a night at the ranch with 150 kids

I was amazed that with all that on his plate today he made time for us to ride and
enjoy a great meal. Thanks so much for all your hospitality Doug.

Goodnight Day 7

zadok 09-12-2010 06:23 PM

Great trip. Nice one.:clap:D

MTrider16 09-12-2010 09:58 PM

Glad you enjoyed it. Come back and spend some more time smelling the flowers. Love the comments about Flathead pass.

Romabuk 09-13-2010 09:19 PM

nice pics. Montana is awesome!

yzfcathy 09-17-2010 10:56 AM

Day 8, Steamboat to Durango
First, the map Day 8

Stories and pix to follow, after work...

rpage11 09-22-2010 12:39 PM

Seeing that Cathy is taking her time to finish this ride report, I thought I'd post a few pictures from my side of the road before I forget what happened. Day one was a 750 mile ride from Tucson to Salt Lake.

Leaving town with Picacho Peak in the back ground.

We left late enough to miss rush hour traffic in Phoenix and had about 12 hours left so not a lot of pics on the first few days, just trying to get north out of the heat.

Cathy relaxing through Phx.

Getting up toward Flagstaff the weather was already feeling better.

Southern Utah just north of the Grand Canyon.

Beautiful day for a ride

the end of day one, Skip

achesley 09-22-2010 12:53 PM

Great pictures and story. Can't believe BMW has put a junkie chain on that bike. How many mile did you get before it broke?

Thanks for the work of sharing as journey in that beautiful country.

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