I crossed Mt. west to east last year and ran out of daylight in Winnett. As it was past the middle of Oct. I sought out indoor sleeping and was allowed to take a room at the motel.
For dinner I went to the Winnett Bar. The gal running the place was a hoot and a half.
I showed her a pic of the rubber duck that was taped to my front fender, from the hotel in Great Falls where the Sip and Dip Tiki lounge is located. She was impressed enough with my style to offer the Winnett Bar racing duck to add to the load I was hauling.
I'd love to go back with a more suitable bike to ride some of the roads you experienced . Love the West.