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Old 09-05-2013, 05:52 AM   #16
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Day 3: Tuesday, September 3 - Part 1

In the wee hours of the morning I heard the patter of rain on the tent. Since it was not cold this didn't concern me... I've been wet before.

But by dawn the rain had stopped and I packed up and continued up the Going-to-the-Sun road. This posting will be a dump of selected snapshots from the helmet camera in Glacier.

Here's my route for today: http://goo.gl/maps/IqqbN


























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Old 09-05-2013, 06:10 AM   #17
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Day 3: Tuesday, September 3 - Part 2

Here are some other pics I took when I actually got off the bike.













Then onward to Great Falls. I found a nice local restaurant in Browning for lunch. And then further on down highway 89, I ran into a spot of construction and my second unplanned dirt ride.

Flag dude waved me to the front of the line and asked me questions about the helmet camera.



Then it was follow-the-leader.



One more repeat of that, and then it was smooth sailing to my hotel in Great Falls and a fantastic dinner featuring Montana beef.
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Old 09-08-2013, 12:57 PM   #18
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Day 4: Wednesday, September 4

Taking a break from natural wonders of the world, Day 4 is just schlepping from Great Falls to Red Lodge. Red Lodge will be my resting spot before entering Yellowstone the next day.

Here's the route for today: http://goo.gl/maps/FQI4W

The fun part of this is the section of 89 known as the Paul J. Erickson Memorial Highway, which runs through the Lewis & Clark National Forest. Much of it follows a stream called Belt Creek.








Here's where I stopped at a scenic overlook.


This couple with their camper and a dude on an older Harley showed up right after me.


Harley Dude and I took each other's pictures.






Scuuusse me... don't want yellow tires... thank you.


I stopped at a boat launch area to get a pic of the Yellowstone River.


The rest of 89 was pretty ordinary, but the clouds were very nice! Here I am playing peek-a-boo with the sun, and riding in and out of the cloud shadows.


A country boy at heart, I really enjoy all the lush farm land.

Next: Yellowstone.

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Old 09-08-2013, 04:58 PM   #19
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Good stuff!! Looking forward to some buffaloes
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Old 09-08-2013, 05:52 PM   #20
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Day 5: Thursday, September 5 - Part 1

This is the route for today: http://goo.gl/maps/0Mdnv

Before getting to Yellowstone, we have the Beartooth Highway to ride. This posting is a collection of snapshots from that portion of the route.


























Met a rider with a GS at one off the pull-offs.


This is more or less at the top.


Towards the West end of Beartooth there's another impromptu dirt ride.
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Old 09-08-2013, 06:49 PM   #21
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Congratulations on the Iron Butt!!!!

I hope you took the time to enjoy the roses in Glacier.

Looking forward to the rest of the story.
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Old 09-08-2013, 09:05 PM   #22
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Thanks Ladybug! If I had seen a rose in Glacier, I woulda smelled it for sure.
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Day 5: Thursday, September 5 - Part 2


Arriving at the Yellowstone entrance, I'm told by the park ranger babe where to go.

Then I scurry to find my campground while there's still space available.




Somehow I get into a moto procession.


Good luck, space is available at the Indian Creek campground and the resident camp host is very helpful in helping me select a spot.

After claiming my spot and unloading a ton of luggage, I set off to explore a bit while there's still daylight.


















My camp site. I had bought a box of firewood which the camp host kindly delivered with his golf cart, and stayed a little while to chat.
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Old 09-09-2013, 04:56 AM   #24
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I'm from Australia and heading to Yellowstone in a few weeks. Looking forward to seeing it so put up some good shots Are all those shots from the GoPro?

Where's a good place to stay in Red Lodge? We were thinking of staying in Billings but should have time to get down closer to the park that day.

Enjoy the trip

And also doing it on a V Strom (1000).

Cheers.

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Old 09-11-2013, 09:01 AM   #25
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Saddlesore Statistics

We still have Day 6 to come, but I thought it would be interesting to take a moment and post some stats from the first day, the Iron Butt portion of the ride.

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Map  PDT    Mins  Odom   Miles   Gals   MPG   MPH
  A  22:53       39051
  B  01:13   140 39222     171  4.441  38.5  73.3
  C  04:11   178 39370     148  3.398  43.6  49.9
  D  07:37   206 39527     157  3.042  51.6  45.7
  E  11:28   231 39687     160  3.029  52.8  41.6 (with 40 mins rest stop)
  F  14:15   167 39849     162  3.505  46.2  58.2
  G  16:31   136 39992     143  3.180  45.0  63.1
  H  18:48   137 40124     132  2.848  46.3  57.8
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            1195          1073 23.443  45.8  53.9
Miles are from the odometer so are a bit higher than what Google shows. MPH is based on wall clock time, including gas/rest stops. The first leg was much faster than the rest due to being a long stretch of lonely and uninterrupted freeway; notice the huge drop in MPG due to the speed.

With just local riding, I commonly get about 55 MPG.
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I'm from Australia and heading to Yellowstone in a few weeks. Looking forward to seeing it so put up some good shots Are all those shots from the GoPro?

Where's a good place to stay in Red Lodge? We were thinking of staying in Billings but should have time to get down closer to the park that day.

Enjoy the trip

And also doing it on a V Strom (1000).

Cheers.
Welcome Varkenjaab! The wide angle pics are selected snapshots from my ContourRoam video.

Red Lodge, I suggest the Yodeler hotel. They have discounts for moto riders but you have to ask for it. In retrospect I should have gotten a reservation, as their cheapest rooms were all taken when I got there.
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Old 09-11-2013, 01:55 PM   #27
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Thanks for the advice on the hotel. I'll check them out.

Gee you must have been motoring well to average 73mph on that first leg. It certainly reflects on your gas. It will be interesting to see how my 1000 goes.

I'm tempted to get a GoPro for the trip as I'm just taking a point and shoot type (that does panorama's) as I won't have room for my SLR and lenses. Hhhhmmm, what to do.........

Look forward to more shots.

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Old 09-11-2013, 02:37 PM   #28
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Great ride report and pictures keep em coming
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Old 09-11-2013, 05:47 PM   #29
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Day 6: Friday, September 6 - Part 1

It's geyser day for me in Yellowstone.


My camp breakfast is slim pickins, probably shoulda planned that better.


On packing up and leaving the campground, I manage to cross this bridge for the 4th time without going off the rails.


I head South towards Old Faithful. But there's plenty of geothermal activity to see well before it, right from the road.


This one was so close to the road I had to stop for a photo-op.


The Norris Geyser Basin is on the way, and stopping to check it out is a no-brainer.


Lots of activity at Norris.




Arriving at the Old Faithful area, I stopped at the gift shop to find a T-shirt for Miz Lucy and to grab a burger, as the earlier slim breakfast was not doing it for me. Coming back to the bike, I find advrider inmate Preacher Dan waiting for me! He's seen my RR and recognized the bike. We chatted a while, and then I trotted over to the geyser site.


Turns out I arrived almost an hour before the next eruption was expected. It didn't take long for a crowd to gather.


There's no doubt that Old Faithful is a male.


Ooooohh baby....


YES! YES! YES!
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Old 09-12-2013, 08:57 PM   #30
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Day 6: Friday, September 6 - Part 2

The rest of today's route takes me out of Yellowstone and through Grand Teton National Park.


Still in Yellowstone and heading South, I cross the Continental Divide.


Goodbye Yellowstone!


Hello Grand Teton!






I take a detour onto Teton Park Road and make a stop at the Jackson Lake Dam.




I was going to stop in Jackson for the night, but it was just the middle of the day and Jackson looked pretty much like a tourist trap, or a movie set. So decided to press on to Idaho Falls and perhaps get home a day early.


At the intersection near Alpine I stop to fuel up. Looks like angry skies ahead, and dust is blowing fiercely even where I am. I don my rain jacket and press on.


And there was some rain, but not too bad, and pretty soon the skies cleared up.




On into Idaho and Idaho Falls for the night.
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