Parodying Garrison Keillor, "It's been a quiet winter on the Montana 1000 Front." But that's about to change.
Wansfel and I have done some preliminary planning (mainly Ron) and we've got a very different route planned for 2014. We'll do a bit more tweaking on the route before we release it, but I'm sure you'll like it.
As for me, since last summer, I've acquired a new to me 2008 dual sport WR250R and am looking forward to riding it on this year's incarnation of the route. My health issues which stopped me from riding in 2013 appear to have cleared up and I'm yearning to ride more of the Best of the Montana back roads on what we call the Best of the Montana 1000. I remain indebted to the original planners of the Montana 1000, which was held in Darby, for introducing me to the wonders of dual sport riding in Montana. I'm just trying to continue the tradition and introduce new ADVRiders to the beauty that is found in Montana.
In terms of timing of the ride, we've not set an exact date, but I'd like to aim for the latter part of July to get around snow issues in the higher elevations. If you have a strong preference as to specific dates (this is planned as a 7 day ride), post them in this thread. If you have any questions about the ride, post them here too and we'll be glad to answer them. And if you need any encouragement to do the ride, check out the following links to prior years' rides:
2013: Best of Montana 1000 Goes Down in Flames: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=912458
2012: Watercat's Pics: http://watercat.smugmug.com/Vacation...2-Montana-1000
2011: Chadx from 2011: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=709842
Let the dreaming and planning commence!!!