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Old 12-08-2014, 09:23 PM   #1
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2015 Best of Montana 1000

It's time to begin our winter armchair musings about the next incarnation of the Best of the Montana 1000 - 2015 Edition! Those who participated in the previous years' rides know how epic they were.

The only thing we (Wansfel and I) know for certain at this point is that the start will be on Saturday, July 18, 2015 (3rd Saturday of the month) from a start point to be determined (we have a preliminary route in mind). As in prior years, the ride will be planned to last 7 days ending on Friday, July 24, 2015. As in prior years, it will be a full on camping and adventure ride suitable for the big GS down to my lowly WR250R. Sidecars are even welcome. There will be no intentional single track.

Here are links to most of the posts for the last 4 years:

2014 Pics & Ride Reports: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=997064
2014: Discussion thread: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=944818
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

Montana is simply a primo place to do this type of riding and we welcome your participation. Get that vacation time reserved now. . .


ADDED 6/25/2015: Here's the link to my SPOT tracker which will become active on 7/16/2015.

http://tinyurl.com/Timmer2015BOM1000


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Old 12-08-2014, 10:54 PM   #2
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In List for 2015 BOM1000

In List (as of 4/3/15):

Timmer +1
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Migrant
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Old 12-09-2014, 12:33 PM   #3
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Hey crew, thanks for yet again putting in the hours it takes to make the BOM 2015 happen...

I am "IN" but only if Doc comes along to patch me up!

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Old 12-09-2014, 01:08 PM   #4
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Hi Timmer & Ron, RED from way out west, Dammit Dave & I are packing, see you soon RED!!
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Old 12-09-2014, 06:21 PM   #5
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Hi Timmer & Ron, RED from way out west, Dammit Dave & I are packing, see you soon RED!!
Hi, Red. Glad to hear you checking in.
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Old 12-09-2014, 06:23 PM   #6
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Hey crew, thanks for yet again putting in the hours it takes to make the BOM 2015 happen...

I am "IN" but only if Doc comes along to patch me up!

Phil
We know you'll be "in" without Doc. You're looking for more opportunities to customize that 1200.
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Old 12-09-2014, 08:33 PM   #7
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I might have to join you during the week because I'm tied up the 3rd weekend.
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Old 12-10-2014, 10:08 AM   #8
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Hey Sorebutt, you going to the jamboree that weekend?

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Old 12-10-2014, 11:05 AM   #9
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Do you have a tentative route in mind Timmer? I just might have to run this one-way and the IDBDR the opposite direction the next week. How about doing this North to South....starts and ends closer to my place????
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Old 12-10-2014, 11:41 AM   #10
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Hey Sorebutt, you going to the jamboree that weekend?

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I'm thinking about going to the Jamboree and then catching up with the group during the week.

Are you healed up yet? I'm off crutches, but still gimpy.
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Old 12-10-2014, 12:31 PM   #11
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Yah but will there be another "carnage hill"?

After the guys rolled into camp that night, I think we lucked out that day.

I should be re-retired by then so I'm putting it on the calendar!
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Old 12-10-2014, 03:20 PM   #12
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Do you have a tentative route in mind Timmer? I just might have to run this one-way and the IDBDR the opposite direction the next week. How about doing this North to South....starts and ends closer to my place????
We're strongly considering reversing last year's route. We'd start in Lowell (on LOLO Pass) and head south through Elk City and then east into Montana and then up through Montana bypassing Glacier National Park on the west side this year and west across Lake Koocanusa and over to Yaak and ending at Troy with a possible extension southward to Lowell. The base route would be some 1400 miles and it may be an 8 day ride. Wansfel and I are just beginning the tweaking of the actual route. With a change of direction, we likely will have totally different camping locations.

Personally, I'm really looking forward to re-riding that wonderful canal. I've not seen the IDBDR route yet, so I can't comment on how our two routes would combine, but I might be interested in doing the IDBDR with you.
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Old 12-10-2014, 03:50 PM   #13
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First blush, as Tim says, is looking pretty good. Lots of details to work out, and as Tim mentioned, different camp locations with a reverse direction. Plus enough changes to last year's track to keep it interesting. Trying to keep Burgdorf and Elkhorn HS in the mix as well.

If you add the tail extension Tim mentioned, along with the first day's south through ID we will probably cover big bunch of the IDBDR (but N to S). My guess is even more dirt, less slab.

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Old 12-10-2014, 04:13 PM   #14
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I hope to be "in". Shoulder hasn't healed and I may have surgery in Jan.

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Old 12-10-2014, 06:42 PM   #15
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We're strongly considering reversing last year's route. We'd start in Lowell (on LOLO Pass) and head south through Elk City and then east into Montana and then up through Montana bypassing Glacier National Park on the west side this year and west across Lake Koocanusa and over to Yaak and ending at Troy with a possible extension southward to Lowell. The base route would be some 1400 miles and it may be an 8 day ride. Wansfel and I are just beginning the tweaking of the actual route. With a change of direction, we likely will have totally different camping locations.

Personally, I'm really looking forward to re-riding that wonderful canal. I've not seen the IDBDR route yet, so I can't comment on how our two routes would combine, but I might be interested in doing the IDBDR with you.
Sounds pretty interesting. Is there any way to conveniently work the Gravelly Range road into the route? That day was probably the nicest day of backcountry riding I've ever had.
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