2014 Best of Montana 1000

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by Timmer, Jan 3, 2014.

  1. Wansfel

    Wansfel 50 yrs on 2 wheels

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    Try now. Darn permissions.
  2. 81husky

    81husky Been here awhile

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    Maybe it's me, but I'm not seeing any changes to the link.
  3. Wansfel

    Wansfel 50 yrs on 2 wheels

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  4. Timmer

    Timmer Curious Adventurer

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    All is good with the MT1000 now. . . :clap:clap
  5. Kinsman

    Kinsman Ribs....for her pleasure

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  6. wbedient

    wbedient MoTard

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    I've been lurking and I'm considering riding this either with the group or solo later in the year. When I hear "big bike friendly" I worry that the route is going to be mostly very well maintained, graded, gravel roads and I'm looking for something a little more rough than that.

    I thought the WABDR was a good route. In terms of road condition, how would you say it compares?
  7. Timmer

    Timmer Curious Adventurer

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    Having not yet ridden the 2014 MT1000 but having ridden the WABDR, I can't specifically compare the two. I would say, however, based on prior MT1000's, it's likely going to be an easier ride than the WABDR because there's not likely to be a 'babyhead' section which was the most difficult section of the WABDR for me. There are, of course, many opportunities to make the MT1000 a more challenging ride, and a fair number of riders have done than in prior rides.
  8. xrjockey86

    xrjockey86 Adventurer

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    Is anyone planning on a Montana 1000 ride the second week in September?
  9. Chadx

    Chadx my toot toot

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    Heya all, I'm toying with the idea of doing part or all of the ride. Schedule will dictate. It was fun helping pre-run and GPS map parts of the first and second MT1000 (and I actually got to ride half of the second one!) and I've been itching for another multiday run. Did one quick overnighter with some local FFs last year (525 miles with hardly any asphalt in a day and a half) with a few friends and would like to do a longer ride this year even if just hooking up through the middle section. Will follow the threads.

    Timmer, there isn't a "1/2 In" category so hold off adding me for now. Ha.
  10. Timmer

    Timmer Curious Adventurer

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    Chadx,

    We'd be glad to have you along for whatever you can do with us.

    During the ride, don't look for too many updates unless we have really good internet in the boonies.
  11. Chadx

    Chadx my toot toot

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    Roger that. To clarify, by "follow the thread" I meant before the ride to keep up with the ride conversation and not during the ride to figure out where you are to catch up. I'd plan on meeting up at one of the camping spots one night so could sort out a group to ride a few days with (I'll be on my WR20R). There are a few other Bozeman/Helena MT area riders that have also floated meeting up with the group for a few days. We'll see how it all pans out as the date approaches. Still have snow and snow-going sports on the mind right now (snowmobile, snowbike, XC skiing and backcountry snowshoeing). :clap
  12. DirtyPatches

    DirtyPatches Been here awhile

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    How's the route looking Ron? Still deciding on stuff? Like the blog for the ride, that map about what were doing? I need to get some hard copies and get more familiar.
    Great work on it so far boys! Can't wait for the ride!
  13. Wansfel

    Wansfel 50 yrs on 2 wheels

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    Been a couple of minor tweaks to enhance the route. I doubt it will change much, but its still early in the season and some pre-riding could bring some minor changes.

    I would suggest picking up a couple of Benchmark Atlases, one for Montana and one for Idaho and hit them with a highlighter. That will help get you accustomed to the general route.

    We might think about hitting the Bum again one evening and doing a GPS/BaseCamp/mapping session. BaseCamp is free and you can download some area (state) topo maps for free also. The Google Maps (links from the blog) are good also for zooming in and exploring. You can use the GPSVISUALIZER.COM "convert" function to paste those links or use the "link" icon in Google Maps to capture a string to load into the GPSVISUALIZER program to convert to GPX (or other formats).

    You may find some alternate segments to explore while your zooming in.
    Like the Wickes Tunnel and here.
  14. DirtyPatches

    DirtyPatches Been here awhile

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    As always thanks map master! I'll get some of those together and toy with the technology stuff. Can any of those be used on a smart phone? Or should use on computer and just print stuff? I'm down for another Bum mapping get together. Let me know when you're thinkin. Friday and Saturdays are best for me... Although I could eat that bbq every say! Whoo whee!
  15. MTlost

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    I will be trying to connect up with the group as you get closer to my home in SW Montana. This whole thing sounds like great fun!! It would also be nice to get to know some of the other dirt road riders from this part of Montana.



    06 V Strom, sometimes lost but finding her way
  16. Wansfel

    Wansfel 50 yrs on 2 wheels

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    MTlost,

    Glad to hear you might be able to join in the fun. This year's route skirts your locale, but if you have any neat places to highlight in the areas of/or along the route, let us know. Always game for adding some interesting waypoints, etc.

    Ron
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    StoneAgeMan Wanderer

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  18. Clark60

    Clark60 n00b

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    Haven't finished reading everything yet….jumped to last page and read I had better sign up re; camping issues….so include me in tim….glad you're back is ok….I have always wanted to go to the proposed area so this is great having you plan it for me.
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    Wansfel 50 yrs on 2 wheels

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