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Old 06-11-2013, 01:05 PM   #1
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What the hell's past Helena

So I end up with a weekend open with Mrs Shady heading to Vegas with her friends.

I get to do anything. So I pack up the Strom.



A few ideas bounce by, and I decide to head east

Skalkaho creek running strong



As are the falls, pictured here behind the dork



I always like this road



On over to P-Burgh, with interesting yard decorations



Onward to Helena



And across the water into the mountains



This place had like 3 buildings



Been a long day, found me a camp spot and set 'er up.







Now, just sit there



The burbling stream and wind in the trees sang me into deep sleep. 6 AM I was up cooking oatmeal, which I enjoyed over hot coffee and had the company of a deer watching me from across the creek.



Kickstands up at 9 and rolling south then east again



Canyon Ferry reservoir









A little flower memorial or something at the top of the hill



Looking back at the south end of the reservoir.



Head East again







Into White Sulphur Springs







Haunted house



Fort Logan



Cool part here. Took this road that turns to dirt, and stays dirt, for 65 miles. Not one single intersection with another road besides the occasional ranch driveway. It was just spectacular.







Helped the ranchers out a bit with their ground squirrel problems







Back down to the big prairies now



Fooled around Great Falls for a bit, rode out to Belt, then looking for a non-windy camp area, iffy at best in that area, was fruitless so I kept heading towards home, eventually all the way. Went 660 miles in 2 days, and couldn't complain about any of it really. There are big sections of Montana to explore that quietly hide on your map every day.



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Old 06-11-2013, 03:36 PM   #2
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I got no complaints about your 660 miles either, just lots of compliments to you for sharing it.
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Old 06-11-2013, 05:02 PM   #3
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"There are big sections of Montana to explore that quietly hide on your map every day."

Great line, so true for any state.. I find those sneakers over here in ID too.

Great write up thanks, I need to get over there again soon.

Cheers!
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Old 06-12-2013, 06:45 AM   #4
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Very, very nice !

Thanks for posting. Really makes me wish I still lived out there. Also makes me wonder why I spent all my time going either west or north of that area ?

Proof once again......MONTANA ROCKS !




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Old 06-12-2013, 07:13 AM   #5
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Old 06-12-2013, 07:15 AM   #6
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Old 06-12-2013, 09:11 AM   #7
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We get it your jealous..

Nice pics..
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Old 06-14-2013, 01:46 PM   #8
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Yet another great ride report from the legendary shadyrascal.

Sure makes me miss the big sky a lot!
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Old 06-14-2013, 02:19 PM   #9
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Really loved those pics!

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Old 06-14-2013, 05:40 PM   #10
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Where is Nelson MT?

How did you get from Canyon Ferry to W.S.S? There is a road called York road by Hauser Lake, which I have not been on. I have taken Confederate Gulch before?

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Old 06-14-2013, 08:06 PM   #11
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You're not naming those amazing roads 'cuz why?
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Old 06-14-2013, 08:18 PM   #12
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You're not naming those amazing roads 'cuz why?
'Cause I'm selfish.

Hi Tony

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Where is Nelson MT?

How did you get from Canyon Ferry to W.S.S? There is a road called York road by Hauser Lake, which I have not been on. I have taken Confederate Gulch before?

Thanks,
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Nelson was up York road then up to the left on Beaver Creek road. I mean nothing up there and here's the Cribbage Capital of the World with two log houses and this old guy cutting weeds by his fence. Beaver creek was where I camped, and though it showed to go through on some maps, it didn't on others, so rather than go 25 miles then have to turn back, I went back and down east side of Canyon Ferry.

I went over south of Confederate Gulch on Duck Creek road. Then the long dirt road was the one going from WSS to Ft Logan and just turns to dirt, ends up in Ulm MT. That ride was a real hidden gem, at least to me.
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Old 06-14-2013, 08:22 PM   #13
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U dawg! I've been dyin' to check Ulm off my list ...
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Old 06-14-2013, 09:33 PM   #14
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Great area you rode through. My Montana cousins always say:

"Montana has the mountains Colorado thinks it has".
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Old 06-16-2013, 09:27 PM   #15
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Nice looks like a great time.
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