2014 Best of Montana 1000

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

  1. RidingAgin

    RidingAgin Been here awhile

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    Those dates are great for me. I will be back from Europe for a few days, show up for work then take off again. Sounds like a plan. :clap

    Dennis
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  2. sorebutt

    sorebutt Long timer

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    I wrote those dates on my calendar so I will be there.
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  3. langstang96

    langstang96 Adventurer

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    I am in. Already on my calendar.


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  4. Timmer

    Timmer Curious Adventurer

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    I'm sorta in the same boat as I'll be riding my GS in Spain and Portugal. The missing part of your equation is that I shouldn't be working.


    Tim in Burien, WA
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  5. HellsAlien

    HellsAlien a has-been that never-was

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    Nope.:evil
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  6. Sleddog

    Sleddog Currently Benched

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    I'm ready for some "Big Sky" too. I should be able to wander my way there!:nod

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  7. mikrow

    mikrow Wanna see my snare?

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    May just have to see if I can make it up that way...




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  8. thetourist

    thetourist Just passing thru

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    Did I read that right? You're leaving from Troy Idaho?

    How far north? Glacier Park?

    If so, I'm in.
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  9. Wansfel

    Wansfel 50+ yrs on 2 wheels

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    Troy, Montana and right now Glacier is a strong possibility. Its how you get there that counts.
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  10. Wallowa

    Wallowa Long timer

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    Didn't know of any dirt tracks through the park....this should be interesting.:wink:
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  11. thetourist

    thetourist Just passing thru

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    Troy MT makes more sense. I live 10 mi from Troy ID and there is nothing there.

    For Wallowa...I can give you a dirt route from Troy ID to Troy MT. Maybe we could ride up there together.
    If Glacier is a possibility I'll have another rider and maybe two. I need a Polebridge fix.
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  12. Wallowa

    Wallowa Long timer

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    Great! Local knowledge = priceless...besides you can help me pick up my Beast.:wink:
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  13. OlyRider

    OlyRider Long timer

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    Which bike makes more sense for the 2014 route?

    Plated KTM 450EXC or F800GS?

    Thanks!
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  14. Wansfel

    Wansfel 50+ yrs on 2 wheels

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    kinda early in the routing stage, but given the choice I say the F800GS.
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  15. zzo

    zzo Been here awhile

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    Actually there is a great dirt road through part of Glacier. The North Fork Road from Kintla Lake to Fish Creek is unpaved and a great ride. The North Fork Road on the west side of the North Fork Flathead River (outside the park) is occasionally paved; inside the park on the east side of the river the road is unpaved. It looks like there are a couple routes from Eureka or Hwy 93 across the Whitefish Range to the North Fork Road. Even if it is paved, the Going to the Sun Road is still worth doing. From East Glacier dirt roads head south along the Rocky Mountain Front.
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  16. Kinsman

    Kinsman Ribs....for her pleasure

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    I missed this great ride before, but not this time.
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  17. bigskydrift

    bigskydrift dual sport hooligan

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    ditto, this makes two of us.
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  18. jjmyzrider

    jjmyzrider Been here awhile

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    maybe, just maybe, i should get involved in this ride. I've been looking into central Montana quite a bit. Kings Hill, Lewistown and such. 3/4lb burgers in Utica are Killer!

    I Don't know what you guys are thinking of for this year, that north south road on the west side of Glacier is dirt. so that is a good option. and from there let me know and I will help where I can.

    A ferry crossing on the Missouri would be fun to include if the route takes the group that far east, those crossings are downstream from greatfalls, and there are a few of them.....just a thought
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  19. Kinsman

    Kinsman Ribs....for her pleasure

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    Some of that country along the Missouri is spectacular.
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  20. Wansfel

    Wansfel 50+ yrs on 2 wheels

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    OK, you got me. Virtually everything you mentioned has been in the planning hopper. The trouble I've run into is the distances involved. To run everything Timmer and I have discussed would take over 1,700 miles and well over our self allotted 7-8 days.

    I worked out of Lewistown for several years back in the mid 70s. Yes, there is some interesting back road potential. I've put together some routes which include virtually everything you mention (ferries, breaks, Judiths, Snowys, Castles, Little Belts, and even Utica. But, right now I'm sidelining that region due to the distances involved AND also due to the weather at the end of July. It can be miserable hot and there ain't much shade.
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