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Old 01-17-2014, 12:19 PM   #1
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TWO BOB'S (and Friends) Northern Rockies 2013


July/August 2013


I'll kick this thing off with some shots from our ride!










































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Old 01-17-2014, 01:19 PM   #2
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You could say this trip began in July 2008 with a ride I cooked up through Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, and Montana. Covering 2500 miles over nine days, it took in the Rocky Mtn Nat Park, Mt Evans, Million Dollar Hwy, Four Corners, Monument Valley, North Rim, Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Cedar Breaks, Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, and Beartooth Pass. Wheew! Being from Ohio, this experience left quite an impression on us! Adding to the coolness was the fact I'd recently gotten Dad into motorcycling and my sister/her family followed along in my truck (and carried our luggage!). Every year since, Dad's asked when we're going to do phase two.....The Northern Rockies.

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Old 01-17-2014, 01:42 PM   #3
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Some absolutely amazing photos in that set.

Thank you for sharing!!
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Old 01-17-2014, 08:11 PM   #4
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Fast forward to Jan 2013. Hard to believe five years have passed.....we're not going to put this off any longer.....and what better way to celebrate Dad's 70th year! I got serious and drew up a plan that would pick up where we left off in 2008, taking us through Glacier, Waterton Lakes, Banff, and Jasper National Parks. As we did in 2008, we'll trailer the bikes to a jump off point (Billings, MT) and ride from there. Knowing that reservations for the historic National Park Service lodges book up 6 months in advance, I got busy setting dates and making calls. A post in the Canadian regional thread brought lots of route advice from fellow ADVers and resulted in adding the Kootenay Region and Smashed Head Buffalo Jump to the route. I'll add a detailed breakdown of our daily routes/mileage in a bit.

Route segments. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2sfqqyymhxnghn1/89-Bs4LCoU
Itinerary. https://www.dropbox.com/s/yen5vgg7a2...nerary%201.xls


The resulting plan looks like this...

Canada section




US section





At some point during my planning, the idea came to me that it would be fun to share the trip with another couple(s). Knowing Tom was about to retire, I put it to him and Laura. Jim and Vicky both ride, have the right equipment sitting in the garage, and have never done an epic ride....so there you have it. What could be more fun than a group of seven, 3000 miles, and 13 days on the bikes? Both couples said yes within 24hrs of first mention and started mirroring my reservations. We depart July 20th!

The additions to the group also gave me an excuse to reshaped the trip to include Yellowstone/Chief Joseph/Beartooth Pass (ok, twist my arm) since most of them had never been there.


So this is us...




Bob Sr (Dad): Has racked up many trips now on the '06 FJR. His pestering is why our western trips get off the ground...

Bob Jr: I'll be two up on the Goldwing with my main squeeze Wynette on back. I love to plan trips!!!!!

Wynette: She took the MSF course 10yrs ago with Dad. With some cajoling, she's ridden most of my bikes.....even the Wing!




Jim and Vicky: You'll remember Jim from my CO/UT dual-sport RR . This trip he'll be two up on the white Goldwing. I think our only regret on this trip was that Vicky didn't bring her own bike (my fault for talking about Beartooth Pass). That won't happen again I can tell ya!

She used to ride a Harley, but 2013 brought a new CanAm Spyder and she loves it! It's going next time!!!




Tom and Laura: Tom was also in the CO/UT RR. He brought his Harley "police special"(?) for this trip. Fortunatly, he didn't abandon us for Sturgis! Laura has tried, but just doesn't enjoy motorcycles (is that possible?). Simple solution...let her tag along in the car (and carry some of my tools).







Interesting twist: One piece of the planning puzzle is what to do with three trucks and trailers while we ride for two weeks? I started fishing around on my forums for someone near Billings with room to park our rigs and struck gold on "The Rockies" regional forum. Fellow ADVer Pat not only had room for the rigs, but after hearing our plan insisted we all stay overnight while departing and returning from the ride. ADVRider for the win! This baby is coming together!!!!!!


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Old 01-18-2014, 12:48 PM   #5
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Well, five months flew by and it's time to load up and head west. Fresh oil and tires, trailer bearings repacked, gps routes built and stored......We're rarin' to go !








I know some are asking "why trailer bikes like these?". We're going to knock out the 1600 miles to Billings in one shot. Getting there earlier on the second day will give us time to relax and prepare for the main part of the trip. Besides, four 800 mile days on the bikes (two on both ends of the trip) just doesn't sound like fun...


This is the route to Billings. To put the distance in perspective, Omaha Nebraska isn't even 1/2 way to Billings for us. We depart Saturday morning and arrive around 5pm Sunday.




Actually, I love these drives across the country. The wide open space of the West is so different than what we're used to.






The ladies get the sunrise shift.




When we hit South Dakota we decided to stop and have brunch in Sturgis. A week later the madness will begin...






Jim fits right in with this crowd.







Next stop: Devils Tower. This get us off of I-90 and on some awesome two lane roads (34 and 212). 212 is our first taste of remoteness on the trip.












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Old 01-18-2014, 12:52 PM   #6
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Historical stop


Montana 212 reconnects to I-90 at the Little Bighorn Battlefield Site.








The views where the battle occurred.








Memorial to the horses used as breastworks...






Taken at the restaurant in Sturgis






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Excellent photography!


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Old 01-18-2014, 10:27 PM   #8
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Thank you sir,



From Little Bighorn, we had an hour to our destination and arrived at Pat and Jill's beautiful home to a welcome of pizza and drinks (they rock!). After introductions, we got the bikes unloaded and ready to depart the next morning.








Our Hosts. I can't say "Thank You" enough for their generosity and how much easier this arrangement made our trip!



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Monday (Riding Day 1) - Billings to Great Falls - 236 miles


Up and at 'em, today we ride!!!! Our first day out is an easy one to get us in the groove and Pat is going to ride with us to visit Jill's Father in Great Falls. Our route is all remote feeling two lane with very little traffic and passes one gas station. We will intersect historic US 89 (cool road) near White Sulfer Springs and travel north thru the Lewis and Clark Natl Forest.







Ready to roll....as soon as Dad finds his keys.....


























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Old 01-18-2014, 11:51 PM   #10
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A note about our approach to meals on the trip: I'm carrying a stove, Vicky a grill, and both trailers have a cooler. We'll stop every third day for groceries and besides being healthier, we'll be able to eat when and where we want. You'll see at dinner tomorrow how this pays off with one of the most memorable moments of the trip!

Cold cuts for lunch at a cool little rest stop.




























At Great Falls we bid Pat goodby and head to our hotel.

I spent a lot of time looking at lodging for this trip. My preference is always unique locations over big boxes and tonight's accommodations did not disappoint. The O'Hair Motor Inn is like stepping back into to the 60's and the age of novelty. Their claim to fame is the Sip & Dip Lounge where you can watch mermaids swimming in the windows behind the bar. They are also motorcycle friendly, offering security and washing facilities/supplies in the parking garage.








The mermaids unfortunately had the night off........ Merman Tom was not the same.




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Old 01-19-2014, 04:02 AM   #11
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haha mermaid Tom scared all the regulars right outa the bar!
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Old 01-19-2014, 07:26 AM   #12
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Was a great first day of riding. Was expecting bears but someone convinced me the mermaids were a better choice. Wow was I surprised when all I saw was mermaid Tom. We'll the food was good and I slept like a baby, got my bike clean and was ready for day two. Great trip so far. Can't wait till tomorrow.
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Old 01-19-2014, 08:04 AM   #13
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Looks like an awesome ride! Thank you kindly for sharing
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Old 01-19-2014, 10:05 AM   #14
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Great start to the ride, looking forward to the complete report!
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