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Old 10-13-2013, 11:57 PM   #31
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August 23
Rode Chief Joseph Highway today.




Since the Beartooth was still closed I just rode out and back. On the way back just before the road gets interesting I spied a couple of 600 sport bikes in my mirror. I moved over and waved them by as I figured I'd only hold them up on my big ol' adventure bike with semi-knobbie tires. They quickly got out of sight. After about the 4th hairpin there they are right in front of me. Those TKC 80s have really surprised me with the amount of blacktop grip they offer. I think it kind of surprised those two on the 600s, too. I stayed on them until the road straightened out and then they disappeared again. I have it on video but its very long and I need to edit it (maybe hide the speedo).



I took some footage with the Go Pro Hero 3. Found a great fire road to ride, Antelope Mountain Road. Click on the photo- its a link to the video.



Good fun but had to turn around after 5 minutes because I had to get back to town to get my new tire put on. Of course after aborting my ride I got to the shop and they weren't ready for me yet. So I went to Napa and bought a cigarette lighter plug and some wire,terminals, and fuse holder so I can run my tire pump off the battery.
Went back to get tire installed. I had ordered a Heidenau K60 Scout to see if it would last better than the TKC80 that only made it 4000 miles. Had lunch next door while they were mounting it. Salad was delicious. Fresh greens with lots of fresh fruit: blackberries, cantaloupe, blueberries, and strawberries.
The first thing I noticed about the K60 is a lot more low speed vibration than the TKC80. It is also noisier at speed.
I got back to the motel with enough time to wire the plug in before dark. Yay! Now I can fill my tires.
Went to the rodeo again; this time with my camera. Here is a video of a bronc rider at the rodeo.

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Old 10-23-2013, 06:14 PM   #32
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Old 10-24-2013, 09:34 PM   #33
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Thanks for the prompt, Siyeh!
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Old 10-24-2013, 09:35 PM   #34
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August 24

I met Eric from Vermont who had ridden his $600 Gold Wing to Cody on his way to California. Now that is an adventure!


The Beartooth was still closed due to fires so I left Cody this morning going east to Lovell to look for wild horses in the Pryor Mountains.
East of Cody- Rte 14 heading for the Bighorn Mountains


I took Rte 32 up to Lovell to the Wild Horse Center to get directions and leave a donation.
Along Hwy 37 going to the Pryor Mountains


I found a red roan stallion with 2 black mares and a 2 year old grulla fillly. Snapped a few shots of them and then headed over to Bighorn Canyon. My sister-in -law later sent me a link where this stallion is identified as Fool's Crow. He had just recently started a band of his own by acquiring the black mare (Jewell) and her grulla filly (Mercuria) from another stallion. He had added two more since last seen. The other two black mares are Icara and her filly Morgana.




Barry's Landing in Bighorn Canyon National Park






Devil's Canyon








This lovely off road playground went on for miles on the west side of Hwy 37.


Went back to Lovell to fuel up then headed east out Rte 14A fleeing a storm.

Fabulous ride through the Bighorn Mountains on Hwy 14A (thanks for the tip Siyeh).




Went through the Bighorn National Forest but didn't camp as the rain was still at my heels.
I stayed at a KOA in Sheridan 150' from I90. Why would anyone put a campground here? The woman at the desk asked if I was here for the concert. I said no. She said "Yes you are." There was concert by some obscure rock groups about 2500 feet away that went from 9 until 2 AM.
As I was pitching my tent a fellow ADVer came over and introduced himself and offered a beer. Al and Deb are from Portland Oregon on their way to riding in the Black Hills around Rapid City on his KTM 990. We swapped some stories while their Burmese cat and Shitzu dog wrestled like best buddies.
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Old 10-25-2013, 02:07 PM   #35
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Well there you are! I was wondering where you ended up going after WestFest. Now I know. It was a pleasure meeting you and riding with you at WF. See you next time.
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Old 10-25-2013, 09:13 PM   #36
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Nice to have you along.
Thanks for the great rides you led at Westfest. It was a really nice start to my trip having someone with area knowledge in the lead.
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Old 10-25-2013, 09:41 PM   #37
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The Sheridan, Wyoming KOA was a very special camping experience. My tent site was about 300' from I 90 across an open field which was the dog walk area. The exit has a truck stop so I was listening to jake brakes all night. I didn't really notice them until the ROCK CONCERT ended across the road. There was also a train crossing near enough that every hour I was woken from sleep thinking I was about to be struck by a train. Wifi didn't work either. I was out of there by 9- early for me.
Headed back over 14A to Lovell and on to Red Lodge,Montana. I stopped and hiked the 3 mile trip to the Bighorn Medicine Wheel.

Very cool. It is an ancient sacred ceremonial and vision quest site for many Native American peoples. It is still in use today.

This Poorwhill caught my attention pantomiming injury to lead me away from her nest.


Fire burning on the Beartooth Highway


Continued to Red Lodge but no acceptable lodging there. So I took off on Hwy 212, the Beartooth Highway. About 5 miles out of town I came across the fire I had been seeing from a distance. There were 3 helicopters carrying huge buckets of water they were filling at nearby lakes and dumping them on the fire. I had put my camera away but said "Is it worth dropping my camera to get this shot?" Apparently it was because I did. Fortunately I got back to it before anyone ran it over. I could not get my bike on the kickstand where the camera was because of the road grade. So I kicked it out of the road and made another u-turn and parked across the road.The camera had come open ejecting it's battery. I re-installed it and slipped it's strap back around my neck. It has a bit of road rash on one corner but so far is working fine. It is a Sony Cybershot; rugged little thing.
So here are the shots I dropped my camera to get.




I nixed the first campground as all the tent sites were next to a running stream. It didn't seem like a good idea in bear country. So I continued on the Beartooth to the height of the land where I took these.




I thought I would try to make one of the major service areas in the park but stopped at a store/ campground/motel called Top of the World.
They did not have tent sites but did have a room in the motel; $55 and it is quiet. Nothing fancy but seems serviceable and clean. I didn't even ask about wifi but there is a network. Too late to ask if guests can use it; the owners have gone fishing. They were trying to close the store early to go fishing when I arrived so I grabbed a ham sandwich and 2 Bud Lights for dinner. I sat on the porch and rocked and watched the sun go down while I ate my dinner. There were deer tracks right in front of the door to my room. Tomorrow I'm going to Ennis, MT.
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Old 10-26-2013, 10:08 AM   #38
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Love the Red Lodge area! My wife's grandmother had a cabin about three miles toward Beartooth Pass from Red Lodge - haven't stayed in the cabin for awhile because one of her uncles (wifey doesn't get along with this guy) basically moved into a "summer" cabin year round and he doesn't allow other members of the family to utilize it.

Loving your ride report! Keep it up!!!

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Old 10-30-2013, 03:20 PM   #39
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Wow. Great pics. thanks for sharing your adventure with us Mary!
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Old 10-30-2013, 06:32 PM   #40
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Ennis, MT? Well, I hope you snuck up the dead ender to Pony. It has one of the last true Montana places. The Pony Bar.

I had a few too many there one night, the owner let me sleep on the ground beside my motorcycle behind the bar.
And even woke me up in the morning.
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Old 10-31-2013, 01:21 AM   #41
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Ooh, missed the Pony. Wish I had known. I doubt I'd have had as good a story though.
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Old 11-02-2013, 08:10 PM   #42
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Left Top of the World this morning and continued west on Hwy 212 through Yellowstone.








I stopped for coffee and breakfast in Cooke City.
I encountered a herd of buffalo in the road.


And this guy who wanted to race.


I was still off schedule for Old Faithful so I took another pass on it. I did stop at a couple of hot springs.


I exited the park at West Yellowstone and took Hwy 87 to 287 north to Ennis.
I got my first look at the Gravely Range, my reason for coming here.


When I got to Ennis I cruised the main street and settled on the Riverside Motel. It was clean quiet and a quarter mile from main street bars and restaurants.
It was right next to a nice city park with some walking/running paths along the river. I tried to go for a run at dusk but had to go back for my camera.
I must have seen 50 mule deer


...and this was going on behind the motel.
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Old 11-09-2013, 07:45 PM   #43
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I went to the Ennis Pharmacy for their $4.95 breakfast special- fruit, eggs, toast and coffee.
I backed off the preload on my shock and dropped 4# out of the tires front and back- still road pressures but not fully loaded road pressures.
Headed off to Gravely Range Rd. equipped with Forest Service maps of the roads closed due to fire. I had stopped at the Forest Service office the previous afternoon to find out about the road closures.
I passed a few antelope in the lower fields on my way up. Stunning area; great riding.
Gravely Range Road














When I came to the barricade for the fire closure I went down 347(Eureka Basin Rd) which went out to Hwy 287 then Hwy 87 to Red Rock Lakes Rd.





I turned right onto Stibal Ln. then turned north when I reached Continental Divide Rd where I came upon several bunches of cattle. Click photo for video.





I stopped to put my Go-pro away as the battery had run out. There was a herd of horses about 300 yards from where I pulled over.



Colorful bunch


I was thinking I might get some still photos of them after putting the Go-pro away. They got very curious while I was busy. I took this video of them with my Sony Cybershot. Click the photo for video. Just call me the horse whisperer.

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Ruby Creek Rd brought me out onto Hwy 287 in Alder, west of Virginia City. I had a long day of beautiful riding and I was getting worried about my gas situation so I was glad to reach a town. Unfortunately the only gas station had only 85 octane gas. I still had a gallon in my rotopax so I pressed on. I got all the way back to Ennis. 216 miles on 3.45 gallons so I didn't have to get into my spare can. It averaged 62.6 miles to the gallon. I love this bike.
I had a really nice dinner at Banditos- southwestern cuisine. The food was all fresh, prepared with great care, elegantly presented and the service was outstanding. Since I was dining alone I grabbed a book from the bookshelf on my way in. Select Peaks of Greater Yellowstone by Thomas Turiano- amazing book. The owner noticed me reading it and came over to comment on it. Apparently it has out of print for a while..I checked when I got home. Copies are selling for between $350 and $1000. Facinating read very well researched.
Afterward I went across to the Sports Bar which also sells locally made ice cream. While I was waiting for the waitress I overheard two Montana State Troopers talking BMW GS's. I was sitting outside eating my ice cream when they walked out.
One trooper says" Are you going to eat all that" "I'm going to try" I said. That gave me the opening to ask about the GS talk which led to a conversation about them, traveling on bikes,my trip, etc. He left but then returned from his cruiser with 2 " Watch for Motorcycles" stickers from the Montana State Police. Very cool souvenir. Packs small, free, you can't buy one. Wished I had asked to take his picture. Nice guy.
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Breakfast special at Ennis Pharmacy again. It got me through 216 miles and 9 hours yesterday. Now that is a good deal.
Off to Missoula today for an overdue oil change.
Looking back at Ennis Montana.



I decided to just follow the GPS direct route so I could get to Missoula in time to get the service done this afternoon.
I did have to ride a little stretch of Rte 41 outside of Butte 3 times just for fun.
I got settled into the motel (Val U Inn) at 3:30. All the gear off the bike and took off for the dealer.
Best dealer experience ever. I wasn't sure if they would be willing to do the service that late in the afternoon but they had it in and out in an hour while I had a great enchilada with excellent refried beans and rice next door.
The bike really needed a bath after 2 hours of rain on the dirt roads yesterday afternoon and an hour of rain on the highway today.I found a car wash, sprayed the bike off and was back at the hotel by 5:15.
The hotel has a big plate of fresh baked cookies at the front desk for guests.
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The GoPro battery I bought yesterday was the wrong one so off to return it. I took 14 pounds worth of stuff I was tired of carrying to the UPS store and shipped it home. That makes a total of 25 pounds I have sent home.
I found the right batteries at Wallmart and bought two.
I was overheated and irritated at my late start, hungry because the continental breakfast was awful. Nescafe coffee machine- yuck.
I had forgotten to enter the address where I was staying and couldn't see the screen in the hot sun. All I wanted was to get out of Missoula with it's city traffic and heat. I couldn't get the GPS to recognize the street so just picked any street in the town I had entered and left following the directions.
Nine miles east of Missoula I realized I had entered West Yellowstone as the city instead of West Glacier which was why it didn't recognize the street. I took the next exit which had a travel plaza and a fantastic Espesso kiosk in the parking lot. I bought a mocha and set about correcting my GPS entry.
I finally started toward my destination at 12 noon.
In a much better frame of mind after the mocha the day finally sorted itself.
I stopped here on Hwy 93 to get rid of the mocha. I'll never think of "pit vipers" the same way again.



The Mission Range



I arrived the KOA in West Glacier at 2:30. I unpacked , stripped the bike and headed out to see what there was to see nearby and score a piece of huckleberry pie. I got the pie (very good) and headed out to Hungry Horse reservoir.

South Lion Head Lake -The light was very strange as there was a huge thunderstorm coming up behind me.



I didn't get very far before the building thunder and lightening turned me for home.
I got back to camp with just enough time to get my gear inside before it really cut loose. High winds and heavy rain and soon the power was out.
I waited until it blew over and went back into town for dinner. There was a long wait at the restaurant as everyone else without power was there, too.
Afterwards I took a short drive to charge my phone in case the power was not restored.

I took some sunset pictures



and returned to the campground to find the power back on.
Going To The Sun Road tomorrow.
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