We left Bozeman around 6 and jumped onto the interstate. Hit a breakfast joint 100 miles down where we saw the last white man wannabe Indian. This guy was dressed in a buckskin mini-skirt thing - beaded up, two long pony tails wrapped in leather, and didn't seem to speak much english. Gina said hi as he walked by and he responded with a deep, quiet "How". Okay... He then went out to his rig, some kind of bulbus, rusty, home made van - pulling a trailer with a dirt bike on it. You see all kinds on the road.
We stopped at Red Lodge, birthplace of MotoMamma (the Mayor said to say hi). The town has really grown. We left town and headed to the Beartooth and Chief J pass. We got up on the pipe, wasting no time on two and four wheel obstacles, as we climbed the mountains. Very cool ride (cold).
We continued on to Cody and then the Big Horns. Man, what awesome riding! We hit the interstate by Sheridan and got on the throttle to make up some time. We didn't stop for Cody until Buffalo, about 180 miles. Got gas, called Griz, got the weather report, and headed into a possible storm with hail, lightning, and lots of rain. We could see it. It was focused on Devils Tower area but the wind was blowing our way. The road kept us on edge as it would turn into the storm and then turn away. Do we stop or keep going? We were not in the storm but were getting closer every mile. We kept the bike at 90 trying to beat the weather. The lightning was wicked.
Gina was a nervous wreck. I was done trying to console her with the facts like the storm is really further away than it looks, the road ahead is still dry, there are small places to hide out if we need to, and Headquarters is getting closer all the time. The Gang was waiting for us. We had to ride. It got a little stressful and iffy, but we prevailed, hit no rain and made it home on fumes. These asses deserve a break!
The gang met us as we got off the bike at the AOK Kampground (new facilities in Spearfish) - Griz, Sherri, Ward, Pam, Kelly, Betty, Gordy, Jim O, and a few others. What a Welcome. We are home with family and friends. Nothing can beat that feeling! (wish the rest of you could be here