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Old 12-30-2013, 06:55 PM   #16
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Okay, since it might be a couple days until I get back here, I'll leave you another installment.




Day 4: The Rally and More

Another breakfast at the hotel, and we were out packing up the bikes and the trailer. Then we headed up to the ski lodge for the KTM Rally; which a fair number of vendors and of course bikes from KTM. This year KTM had revealed the big 1190 ADV which was to go head to head with BMW’s R1200. It was a pretty bike.

After the Rally, I was heading up to Rawlings Wy, to back track the CDT that the others had already completed.




Like Celebrities on the Red Carpet

This was a big announcement by the manufacturer of Big Orange. And here was the star of the show, the 1190 Adv. Pretty bike. IMHO its built for those that come out of the enduro ranks, who want a more dirt worthy bike like 450’s they ride on the trails. If you come from the touring crowd the sparse amenities will probably push the potential buyer to the BMW.

Unfortunately for us, we have already made our investment into the advrider scene, so we were just window shopping and seeing what the aftermarket folks had that could make our current rides more comfortable. We certainly spent our time “ooh and ahh” over the new bikes though. lol Does this bike make my butt look big?


Breaking update, one of my friends just got an 1190. Maybe we need to hold an intervention or something.




Ned Suesse

As I said, we kept walking around checking out the vendor booths around the parking lot.

I saw Ned Suesse who had run in the 2012 Dakar and the 2011 Score Baja 1000 with both bikes in front of the BRP tent. He was gracious and we snapped a picture in front of the Dakar bike. Ned has some nice riding instruction DVD's at his site www.dualsportriding.com.




Stars in Daylight

Kurt Caselli was mingling and was showing some interested fans some of the details of his bike.

It was fun to see all the orange bling, but I wanted to get on the road, and at least get to Rawlings. So I loaded up and headed out down the road. The road wound through the trees and mountains north of Steamboat

(Kurt passed away on Nov 15th from injuries sustained while racing in the Baja 1000. RIP Kurt. One of my favorite tribute videos has a clip from this ralley. KTM Caselli Tribute see 3:17)




Back in the Saddle

From here on out I was on my own, as Marty and Mike needed to head back to Billings, and Todd was also making his own tracks back.

The road was paved for a ways, but soon became a nice gravel forest service road. It was beautiful day, and the trees, sunlight, and clouds made for a nice mixture of light and shadow along the road. I need a camera with some HDR options. As I recall it never really rained but did spit on me a couple times.
A group of five riders came up behind me. We leapfrogged past each other for a ways, stopping for breaks and pictures. They mentioned they were at the rally and were taking one of the routes. It was an interesting group, a couple KTM’s and an older BMW boxer, plus some bikes I don’t remember. The road started to get a little muddy, not too bad, and I didn’t see the boxer anymore.




Into Wyoming

I went past the Three Forks ranch which was a nice looking dude ranch, not sure what they raised but they had money for some fancy gates and buildings. I suppose I shouldn’t be judgmental; we’d all like our places to look nice and maybe it was celebrity money, or a couple oil wells, but it didn’t have the feel of a working ranch. (some net friends pointed out that it is a posh resort)

Eventually I hit pavement and took a little jog east, and then jumped off on a county gravel road. It was great for a ways, but I hit a section of about 5-7 miles where they were upgrading the road. No gravel just muddy slop and clay. I eased through it at about 25 mph, and took this picture of the finished road. It was still pretty nice, but still muddy as it hadn’t had a chance to be packed down by traffic.

The whole morning I was watching the radar map on my phone to see what was happening on the CDT for the next day. I was disappointed to see several rain patches move across the Great Basin, a desert with dirt roads and clay. The rain gods weren’t letting me out of this easy.

Even though it was early when I got to Rawlins, I found a hotel and hunkered down to create a plan B tomorrow.

Stats for the day: 139 miles, 10:00 AM to 2:45 PM
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Old 12-30-2013, 10:07 PM   #17
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Since reading your Alaska report, I always enjoy seeing places through your perspective.

I forget what you use to make your interesting looking maps--any hints?

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Since reading your Alaska report, I always enjoy seeing places through your perspective.

I forget what you use to make your interesting looking maps--any hints?

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Thanks. A little picture/screenshot editing program called SnagIt. Last time I signed up for it, it was $45. I'm just editing screen shots of my Garmin basecamp maps.

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Plan B, Big Loop, and the “Dirt Nap”

I had some time, so I spent it looking for alternate places to go. When I was watching the radar map, it looked like Kaycee and the southern Bighorns had been missed. I had also heard that the road past Seminole reservoir was also not to be missed. I threw some waypoints on my GPS and hoped it would work out.




Catching the Light of Dawn

One of the problems with riding in the fall is the reduced hours of daylight. I went to bed reasonably early after washing clothes and working on my gps route, but it was dark and chilly when I got up. I got some breakfast at the hotel and then worked on packing my gear. About 10 miles out of town I was seeing the morning light painting the river canyons and hills with reddish hues.




Lake Vistas

I hadn’t packed everything today, as I planned to go back to the hotel in Rawlins, a decision I would regret. However this morning was a great ride in the brisk air as the road followed the river to the lakes and then into the hills with stunning overlooks of the lake.




Looking Back the Way We Came

The hills behind me had wispy clouds playing on the slopes and the road was appearing and disappearing along the cuts and valleys. It made for a nice picture also.




The Gates of Isengard

Overall the road was relatively dry and easy to ride on at this point. So I made my way along the lake to the dam at the head of the reservoir. With its spillway gate head works, the dam looked like a set straight out of Lord of the Rings.




River Oasis

The road took a couple surprising twists and turns and ended up down by the river below the dam. The trees and rock walls of the canyon made for a nice picture setting.




Into the Great Wide Open

Following the river the road ended up at Alcova where I bought some gas, and headed west to find a north connecting road. This was the flat desolate landscape that everyone expects when they think of Wyoming. Fortunately the road was dry with only a few wet spots that caused me to slow down. The weather was a bit iffy though as it wanted to stay overcast.




I Saw the Sign

Riding north, I crossed the Gas Hills, Highway 20, and Arminto, coming to stop in front of this sign. The weather was also improving with the sun driving away the clouds and warming up the day. The sign marked the start of the South Bighorn Scenic Loop, the road I was looking for.




Riders in the Sky

Just past the sign, I had to stop again and try to take a panoramic shot. It worked fairly well if I may pat myself on the back.
This is the entrance to the scenic loop, and it did not disappoint today. The sun was out and the rain from the last few days was not in view at the moment. In my head Johnny Cash was singing about lonely cowboys and devil steers.





Crimson Hills

Just over the ridge the color of the hills changed dramatically.




Azure Sky

The road was fast as smooth, but I had to stop for pictures.




More

I was able to make better use of my stop, but turning around and taking a picture of where I came from.

Like I said, the road was pretty easy to travel along. I didn’t make the stop by the campgrounds as I was heading to Kaycee, and lunch. There was a turn off to the Hole in the Wall, which I stopped at briefly, but it was a hike from the end 10 mile drive along a private two track road. I was beginning to be aware that daylight was slipping away and I turned around at about 9 miles down that road and got back to the main road. Ground speed improved quickly.





Slip Road

After making a few turns, I ended up at the grocery store in Kaycee to get some food for lunch. It was a nice day sitting on the porch of the store eating a sandwich and cucumber. My motorcycle forks were making me worried as they were leaking onto my tire and motorcycle.

I picked up gas and headed out along the road to Mayworth and then turned on to the Slip road. It did several switchbacks to the top of the ridge and had a great view of the road back to Kaycee.





Into the Big Horn Mtns

The scenery and rock change and it's obvious we are in the Big Horn mountains.




Weather Top

Over another ridge and around a few corners and I come on this butte standing alone in the valley. The road meanders down, and I want the fork that will take me south. The weather is iffy, with dark clouds moving by, and only patches of clear to remind us of the sun. From here I head south and then west to Big Trails.




Jane

I take another stop, the views in this area are pretty cool. While I’m looking around for my foto spot, I snap a quick pic of Jane at the side of the road. (My bikes are starting to acquire names now. Jane; as in Tarzan and Jane, with a German accent. )




Big Trails

A couple hundred yard hike to a small knob by the road revealed this view. Fortunately the clouds blocked some of the light and allowed me to get this picture. The valley has a small creek running through it and there are some ranches along it that irrigate some alfalfa and crops. The clouds look ever more angry and dark.




Road to Ten Sleep

I get down in the valley and the road coming from Ten Sleep to the north is paved. As I’m going south I have only a mile of pavement, but it is a surprise to me. The red hills are very photogenic with the green hills.




The Clouds Thicken

The road is a nicely graveled road that travels along this valley. The red cliffs stand out next to the dark clouds. Hopefully I get out of here without getting too wet.




Nowood International Airport

The creek’s name is Nowood, as in its hard to find fuel for a fire. I suppose it’s kinda humorous unless you are in a wagon train.

Anyway this little ranch holding was right in this picturesque valley where the creek comes out of the canyon between the hills. I had to stop and take a picture even though the clouds and time were pushing me on.

A little past this, there was a nice flat bench next to the creek that someone had used as a grass landing strip. The gate that led to the hanger had a hand lettered sign that said Nowood International Airport. Pilots have a sense of humor about their hobby.





Dirt Nap – Part 1

The road was pretty packed and good for travelling quickly, so I was. The clouds I had been watching previously finally caught up with me and it started to sprinkle lightly. I backed off the throttle slightly but still kept moving 45-50 as it was getting late. Suddenly, Jane took a nap.

It started out as a slow motion sort of thing but all of a sudden I was spit off the seat and sliding down the road on my back. I was a little worried as Jane was behind me, and sure enough she tapped me on the shoulder to let me know she was there.

When we stopped sliding, I hit the kill switch and then tipped Jane back up on her wheels and started a damage assessment. The return spring was off the kickstand, which made setting Jane up on the side of the road dicey. Mirror was broken, one of the straps broke on the bag, and the instrument cluster broke loose. Lots of mud, but all in all not much damage. I was surprised at the toughness of the fuel tank as it had quite a few of scrapes on it.





Dirt Nap – Part 2

The sliding started way back here. The road surface was slick clay that stuck to my boots but was slippery also.




Dirt Nap – Part 3

Looking around the resting sight, I found the mirror and stalk laying in broken pieces. Look, there is the return spring for the kickstand also. I dug in my tool kit for my pliers and installed it on the kickstand. While I was at it, I wired the instrument cluster to the dash as the mounting bezels were broken.

With no other damages, I packed up again, started up the engine, and motored cautiously on down the road.





Dirt Nap to Rawlins

A little further down the road and we got to the end of that clay surface. I was now able to relax a little and open the throttle some more. Lysite is a little wide spot along the railroad tracks in the middle of an oil field. Someone wanted a “Big House” back in the day and built a nice two story house in the middle of this sagebrush and desert. Had nice concrete fence, currently looks like a residence for the Adams family.

I finally got to highway 20 at Moneta and it was getting dark. The rain had passed through here earlier so the dirt roads were wet again. I wanted to keep heading south on dirt roads across the desert but needed fuel. The trailer house and shop next to the road didn’t look very inviting. Razor wire on top of chain link fence, and a Dixie flag and an upside down US flag said this person didn’t want company. I checked the bike over for loose parts from the nap and then headed west down the road to Shoshoni. Fuel and beans were on the menu.

When I got to Shoshoni, it was dark, I was tired, and it was obvious the desert had gotten more rain this afternoon. If I didn’t have my stuff at Rawlins, I probably would have stopped off at Riverton. I bulldogged on bypassing Lander and made the turn to Rawlins. I apparently like riding at night in the rain.

Stats for the day: 536 miles, 7:20 AM to 10:00 PM
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This is playing out like my ride, escape from the monsoon, I was riding alone and overloaded with rain all around. ...
I also headed north out of Colorado stayed in Rawlings.
At Ten Sleep going north there is another one of those Back Country Byways, i spent most of a day trying to get thru this one. Notice the follow me signs.. never saw one on the whole ride.



Thanks for taking the time to post your ride.

i think you may have inspired me to do a report
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At Ten Sleep going north there is another one of those Back Country Byways, i spent most of a day trying to get thru this one. Notice the follow me signs.. never saw one on the whole ride.

i think you may have inspired me to do a report
I have been on a road from Hyattville to Ten Sleep last year. Not sure if it was the same one. We had come from Burgess Jct over the mountain to Hyattville and then went to Tensleep.

As far as writing a ride report here is the word of encouragement LittleWan gives. linky One piece of advice, I do all my writing in word, and then copy and paste into the text editor here. That way your prose isn't lost with a power bump or blue screen event.

Thanks for stopping by again. -David
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Okay, time for another report.



Day Six - Onward Ho!

I wake up slowly this morning. Sept 15th … Let’s see its Sunday isn’t it. Muscles remind me of the “incident” yesterday as they protest. I spend some time checking the bike over, packing, and cleaning my gear. Breakfast from the buffet is eggs and something, simply going through the motions. Clouds are a drizzly morass on the northwest horizon. Yawn Ho! This pirate isn’t getting out on the road quickly.




Another Rainy Day in the Desert

I pick up gas and head out at the crack of 10:20. I quickly back track up the highway and end up in some road construction outside of Lander. It’s raining, *again*, and the road is a quagmire. I pull off and stop for some pictures and a break.

Looking down the dirt road from the approach I stop on, it’s pretty easy to stay on the pavement.





Push On, No Stopping Now

I pick up fuel in Lander and continue on to Dubois. A fuel stop and a stop at the Cowbow Café. Sandwich and a bowl of soup sounds like a good plan, the Sunday crowd makes it hard to find a table. The food is very good though. I brace myself and put on my wet coat and head back out into the rain. It’s not as heavy as Colorado but I never find a break.

Cowboy Café WY Tourism Site
Cowboy Café Facebook Page





Togwotee Pass

I’m driving down the road, heading to Teton Park. The road keeps climbing, the rain is misting, and now the temperatures start dropping. It finally drops down to 45F at the top of the pass. Brrrr! The forest in deep shades of wet green and fog is pretty, but this is not my favorite riding weather.




Teton Park

As I head down from the pass, the rain lets up and finally stops and the temp starts to rise. The clouds stick around, and its obvious I’m not going to get a clear picture of the Tetons.

Okay this is the childish side of me. I like the name Tetons, its not often you get to say Tits in public company.





Clouds and Light

A little while down the way, the clouds have some larger breaks and I catch this glimpse of the light shining on an island




Flagg Ranch – Ashton Road

I continue north and at Flagg Ranch, a little bit before you get to Yellowstone Park this little road veers off to the west. It is a little more than you would *want* to do in a car, but would be pretty easy in a higher clearance vehicle. It is a really pretty route to Ashton ID.




Sunlight

I think I left the rain behind at Jackson lake, and the sun is starting to warm me as I travel. There are some pretty lakes off the side of the road and I stop for some pictures.




Cabins

On the west side of Ashton, there are some nice cabins. The owner has done some nice decorating and they are clean and comfortable, albeit rustic places to stay. She was having a bit of a time with her credit card reader, but cash was fine. I picked up fuel and some top ramen at the gas station and spent the evening doing a little work on the bike.

Log Cabin Motel

Stats for the day: 328 miles, 10:20 AM to 6:00 PM





Day Seven - Gravely Mountain Loop.

I was really hoping for a nice day today. The first part of this ride was the Continental Divide trail to Ennis. Once there, I would fuel and then backtrack to Lima.

But first I had to find a tire shop to get some valve cores to fix some problems I was having. Then I went to a restaurant for breakfast. I finally left Ashton at about 9:00.





Mesa Falls Byway

The start of the ride out of Ashton is this very pretty little road that travels along the Warm River. The track I was following took me along this river until it turned off onto an old RR track and a system of forest service roads.




To Island Park

Most of the roads were easy like this one. The aspen were starting to change color so I had try for a picture, especially with the sunshine I was enjoying.

Eventually the road took me to the north end of Island Park. From there it was just a couple miles and I was off again following gravel roads along the south shore of Henry’s lake.





Centennial Valley

Henry’s Lake, Red Rock Pass, Centennial Valley, familiar roads that I had been on before. As I started around the south side of Upper Red Rock Lake there was this scene with an old log barn.




Start of Gravely Mountain Loop

I avoided a long sandy section of road by travelling on the south side of the Red Rock Lakes. I took a cut across over the Red Rock Creek and started bearing Northeast into the Gravely range. This is a very nice loop that has been done by many people in the past.

The road started out as a two track with some deep ruts that were fortunately dry. The road came into a camp/parking area and merged into a nice graded forest service road. Eventually it wound out of the creek bottoms and started climbing onto the ridge. The views were fantastic.





Vistas

The road would round a corner and new valley’s and mountains would come into view.

The clouds weren’t too bad, but every now and then a dark one would come by.





A Winding Ribbon

The road leads on through the high mountain plateau. The elevation was about 9000 feet.




More Vistas

It seems the road goes a few miles and then you come over another ridge and new scenery unfolds in front of you.




Ennis, Fuel and Food.

As I travelled along the ridge, there would be places where the Madison Valley or the Ruby drainage would open up on either side.

Finally I dropped out of the mountains into Ennis and filled up my fuel tank and picked up some convenience store food. I left Ennis at 3:30 and it was going to be a bit of a push to get out to the south end of the Gravely’s before nightfall.





Warm Springs Creek Road

As I was travelling into Ennis I was looking for a road that would take me across to the Gravely Range Road and the Ruby River. This little forest service track looked to be the most likely and seemed to be correct on the map. It was pretty country.




The Spring

This little rivulet seemed to be the namesake for the road. It was warm if you could judge by the moss growing in the stream.




Snowcrest Ranch

Once I hit the Gravely Range road, I had to travel down the Ruby River a little ways to this ranch. When I was going to school in Bozeman, I worked at this ranch the summer of 1991, didn't make much money but kept out of trouble for the summer. This is the manager's house; the bunk house for the summer hands is back to the left out of the picture. Not summer hands quarters are not quite as posh as this house.




Fall Colors

After the ranch, I turned south and traveled up the river towards Centennial valley. Most of the forest was evergreen, but along the river some of the deciduous trees and bushes were turning color.




More Color

The sky was clear again, after a couple of clouds tried to sprinkle a little back in the mountains.




Sagebrush

The terrain started to open up as I got closer to the Centennial valley. The road had deep ruts to avoid.




Centennial Valley

I made it back into the Centennial Valley again which was looking pretty spectacular in the evening light. The clouds were behind me and I got by with only a short sprinkle of rain.




Centennial Valley – Lima

From this point it was just a short ride to Monida and up the freeway a couple miles to Lima where I got a hotel room. On a lark I called my friend to see if he was around tonight and he was just grilling some burgers for the family. I stopped by for a quick burger and conversation before I turned in for the night.

Stats for the day: 283 miles, 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
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Hello David,

Enjoying your report. We did the same thing this summer at Hole in the Wall, drove down the 2 track for a few miles and then decided there was no way we would get to our destination if we continued to the hiking trail. Turned around and got back on the gravel road. Great views there! Looking forward to the rest of the report.
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Hello David,

Enjoying your report. We did the same thing this summer at Hole in the Wall, drove down the 2 track for a few miles and then decided there was no way we would get to our destination if we continued to the hiking trail. Turned around and got back on the gravel road. Great views there! Looking forward to the rest of the report.
Thanks for the reply. One more posting left.

I think that two track to Hole in the Wall would continue all the way to the Mayworth road, but it would be on private property. I don't like getting yelled at.
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Day Eight - Big Hole Country, Beginning of the End

I got up with the idea that I was going to try to get past Bozeman and out by Great Falls for a final push the next day to Glendive. It started out well, but the weather gods had other plans.

As Jason and I are men, and communicate so well , we missed getting breakfast together. I was out at the crack of 7:30 that morning.





Schoolhouse Calf-A

However I did manage to get a nice breakfast at this little cafe in Dell. It has an old time lunch counter with stools so several patrons and I had a nice conversation with the waitress. She was one of those kids who moved away thinking the grass was greener in the big city, and moved back when she realized how good she had it as a kid. Tats and piercings showed she enjoyed her time in the city, but seemed to have a level head. We talked about the Lima Bear's football team and the school in general.

One of the patron's kindergartner was having fun chatting with the owner's husband as he was getting ready to go out and feed the stock. Nice little place, stop and enjoy it if you are traveling in the area.

Anyway, my route to the Big Sheep Byway took me through Dell.





Big Sheep Byway

The Big Hole region in southwest Montana is the drainage basin for the Jefferson River, one of three that join to create the Missouri at Three Forks. It is characterized by wide flat valleys at the 5000+ foot range. Ringed by the Bitterroot mountains on the west, it is the most western point of the Missouri drainage.

In these hills, creeks flow through on their way to the rivers and eventually to St Louis. Pretty area.





More Hills

There were some nice camping spots along this creek.




Bannack Pass

I wanted to try some side trips off the byway. Bannack pass into Idaho was one of them. This is one of the main overland freight routes from the gold mining town of Bannack MT once the transcontinental train got to Salt Lake. It is a cool route if you want to get to Idaho Falls from here.

This is the view at the top of the pass.





Deadman Creek Crossing

There is a little creek crossing on the way to the pass. If you need to wash your bike the vehicle tracks are fairly deep. The atv tracks on the right are a little easier to ford, although the stream exit is a bit tricky.




Back to the Byway

Back to the byway, I followed it out to its end near Grant, MT. I did see a couple Canadian mountain bikers that were traveling the CDT. There were a couple places where some showers the day before made the road a little slick and they had fought through it.

The clouds were starting to roll in, but I made one more side trip up another pass. Bannock pass looks like a major route but has about 10 miles of gravel over the top. It connects Grant with Leadore. I got gas at the little convenience store, and learned that the town name was pronounced lead-ore.





Rain, Rain, Go Away

As I headed back to the Montana from Idaho, these clouds were greeting me. I got rained on again, and the gravel road from Grant to Bannack was dicey, and we had some pucker moments.

Once I hit the highway for Dillon, I just headed straight into town and skipped another gravel road I was going to try.





Dodging Clouds

I'm sure it looked funny, as I parked under the awning at the gas station just to put my liner on under my jacket. However with the rain clouds a serious cold front was rolling into the area and I was getting wet and chilled.




Tobacco Root Mountains

Just northeast of Ennis is this small range of mountains and I've heard of roads that cross them. When I got to the turn off to the road I had selected, I had to try it. The storm front had been chasing me from Dillon, but I'd hoped I was far enough ahead of it for this little side route.




Hard Water

The road was pretty good, but the clouds were rolling in faster than I could travel. When this front passed over the temperature dropped dramatically and the hail started to fall. I stopped the bike, got off, and huddled behind the bike as the storm passed. After the storm I rode down to McAllistar and over to Norris. The forest service road was wet and covered with hail.

In Norris I huddled under a gazebo as I evaluated my options. The storm path was across the mountains into the front range south of Great Falls. It looked like my plans for dirt riding for this trip was done. I called my friend Jeremy in Bozeman to see what his evening schedule looked like. His plans were clear for the evening, so it looked like I would have a place to dry off tonight.





Bozeman

As I travelled from Norris to Bozeman via Bear Trap Canyon, I got to see first hand the erosion that happens when hard rains fall on newly burnt forests. There were several of these washes across the road.

I arrived safely in Bozeman and laid out my wet gear to dry out, and then we went out to Cafe Zydeco for dinner. Great evening with friends.

Stats for the day: 347 Miles, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM





Day Nine - The Finale

It was raining when I woke up, so I said goodbye to my friends and headed into Bozeman to the renown Mainstreet Overeasy. As I nursed my cup of coffee, I considered my options. The upper Missouri breaks looked like they got rain yesterday, and would probably get more today. Also I had to be home today, and ready for work tomorrow. The slab looked like the best, albeit boring option.

With that decision out of the way I had another cup of coffee; this breakfast was going to be the most excitement I would have that day. To a motorcyclist, the interstates are the least interesting ways to travel across the USA, however efficient they may be. And I have traveled this stretch of highway more times than I want to count.





The Slab

To punctuate the gravity of my decision, it was raining when I left Bozeman. It continued until I crossed the Yellowstone in Livingston.

While the Interstate is about as interesting as watching paint dry, at least the Yellowstone River offers some nice views along the way. Fortunately I didn't get any more rain the rest of the way home.

About 350 miles, I pulled into my driveway and parked Jane in the garage. She needed some TLC, but had done well for my 3164 mile trip.

Stats for the day: 363 miles, 10:00 AM to 3:20 PM
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Bravo!

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Thanks for posting your RR! A pal and I rode the MT1000 last summer and got to see some of that country. Your RR shows us the roads we looked down but didn't travel. Wonderful photos and write-up.......
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I have been on a road from Hyattville to Ten Sleep last year. Not sure if it was the same one. We had come from Burgess Jct over the mountain to Hyattville and then went to Tensleep.
Yep that sounds like the one, i saw the sign north of Hyattville. I came out to the hyway near Shell lake camp ground.


School house cafe... A must stop, had one of the best breakfast ever. Stopped for gas down the road and asked the gal behind the counter if the restraunt next door was any good, she said head up the road to the Old School Cafe.... glad i did...



Big sheep was a treat i stumbled onto after breakfast..
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MT16,

Thanks for posting your RR! A pal and I rode the MT1000 last summer and got to see some of that country. Your RR shows us the roads we looked down but didn't travel. Wonderful photos and write-up.......
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School house cafe... A must stop, had one of the best breakfast ever. Stopped for gas down the road and asked the gal behind the counter if the restraunt next door was any good, she said head up the road to the Old School Cafe.... glad i did...



Big sheep was a treat i stumbled onto after breakfast.
Both the Schoolhouse Calf-a and the Big Sheep byway are worth doing again. Thanks for the comments.

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Just an outstanding report. Thanks for taking the time. Glad you and bike fared well on the nap.
I've spent more than few nights sleeping in Glendive. At the little park down by the river next to the tennis courts.
Cops usually pull in and check things out but leave me alone.

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Nice Report Dave...

I like the type of roads you took, seems like old time some of them. Got to love Co, WY and MT!

Lucky you did not get hurt on that little fall at those speeds...

Question: on your maps, the thick red line is what you rode, but the green line is?
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