Best of Montana 2017 - Planning

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by Wansfel, Nov 21, 2016.

  1. Wansfel

    Wansfel I'm not lost! The world is just a bit misplaced.

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    UPDATE JUNE 8, 2017

    In order to collect information regarding the camping situation in Cody and Big Timber, I have created an online survey form. It also allows for the input of and ICE contact or other information. (In Case of Emergency). Optional. If you just want to say your "IN", the survey is the place to do it. BOM2017 Online Survey
    See this post for details here.


    IN LIST:
    Wansfel
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    Timmer:(
    Blackboots
    Outbacktm
    resqdoc:(
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    Allengt
    Migrant:(
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    Onewoodsrider
    Tourmeister
    Sasho
    Dan_O
    roc104
    WTP
    Highfive
    Sickyl

    I have absolutely nothing to share for a 2017 version of the MT1000/Best of Montana Series, well other than the planned start date - JULY 15. But its time to post a thread for planning and discussion.

    Can't say if it's going to be bigger (hope not), better (hard to do), longer (PLEASE NO), harder (promise(?) - no "Trails From Hell"), but be assured whatever develops will be different! It's getting more difficult to find something new, we really capped that one last year. Planning will be sure to emphasize a general lack of pavement where ever possible unless said stretch of pavement has some form of redeeming qualities.

    Always looking for suggestions and interesting new segments or if there are old segments that beg to be revisited, let us know.

    But to give a tease, I went back in the way-back-machine...
    And here is a Google Map link to show the results. A Google Map of all seven prior rides from 2010 through 2016 where you can dive in and bring up individual years and zoom in and around to your heart's content on these cold winter months ahead dreaming of a summer ride in Montana.

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    A note for any new potential riders, this ride is a totally self sufficient ride with no official status or formality.
    Be prepared and ready to go it on your own at any time, any place. No fees, no guarantees, just good riding and a really great bunch of co-riders that show up from all over. As this year's route develops, we'll post developments on this thread and a Blog dedicated for 2017 which will eventually include a GPX file being made available a few weeks prior to the ride date. We have set the third Saturday of July every year for long range planning, but at this point that is all we have. Feel free to post any questions/comments. We may listen, we may not. That's just the way we are.

    Take a look at the 2016 BOM Blog and it will lead to a lot of background information, ADV links and picture links.

    This year's central info Blog is here: BOM2017 Blog.
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  2. grigby

    grigby Adventurer

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    Anyone from TX considering?
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  3. jonz

    jonz Miles are my mantra

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    I like that google map of all the BOM routes. I notice a big gap in an area I'm just starting to explore around Red Lodge and Beartooth Pass. I've noticed a few interesting dirt roads when riding through on the street bike but haven't had a chance to explore them.
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  4. Wansfel

    Wansfel I'm not lost! The world is just a bit misplaced.

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    We will be talking in the not tooo distant future.
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  5. sasho

    sasho Dual Personality

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    Gravellys... I never made it, so it will be all new to me!!
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  6. Wansfel

    Wansfel I'm not lost! The world is just a bit misplaced.

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    Given the above two messages....I will say I do have my own short list which includes the Gravellys and the Beartooth Highway and Chief Joseph Highway.
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  7. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    Awesome----------been dreamin' about next years ride since this years ride was over.
    You know BigDog will be there come hell or high water.
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  8. WU7X

    WU7X The Old Fart

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    Think I first ran into Timmer at Westfest in Darby, MT, back in 2010. I had to give up two wheels on dirt recently, but if you can give me a general idea of dates for this, I would be happy to volunteer to act as a chase vehicle in my 4Runner. I have a nice first aid kit and an Engels refrig on board to keep the beer cold. Also just picked up an inReach SE so friends could follow along via computer. This would be DOW (dependant on Wifey) and her schedule. She is retiring in mid-June, 2017....
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  9. Wansfel

    Wansfel I'm not lost! The world is just a bit misplaced.

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    The date is one piece already set - July 15 start. I don't know about spoiling people with a chase vehicle, a beer hauler, that's something altogether different.
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  10. norton(kel)

    norton(kel) vintage

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    Your picture shows a sidecar. I did the ride on my sidecar a couple years ago. very do able!
    I'm in for this year (no sidecar).
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  11. WSobchak

    WSobchak Long timer

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    I heard great things about the Gravellys on last years ride and they sound great. Planning already and building super sweet maps of last years ride... great stuff Ron!

    July can't get here quick enough!
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  12. bionicman

    bionicman Been here awhile

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    D@mm!T now I'm hooked - I'll be your huckleberry in 2017...
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  13. Kinsman

    Kinsman Ribs....for her pleasure

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    Yessee.
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  14. WU7X

    WU7X The Old Fart

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    I have a DL650 with a DNC hack. Great rig, but the Weestrom needs a leading link front suspension to make it work on washboard roads. The existing front end bounces around like a pogo stick. But my offer to ride chaser still stands.
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  15. sorebutt

    sorebutt Long timer

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    You picked the only dates in July that I have a conflict.
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  16. HellsAlien

    HellsAlien a has-been that never-was

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    Sounds good. Been away too long, too long.
    I'm not promoting track days anymore, so I'm running out of excuses for not showing up in '17!

    Wonder if we'll get to ride through another forest fire!
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  17. Wansfel

    Wansfel I'm not lost! The world is just a bit misplaced.

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    We set the third weekend in July several years ago. Sorry about that.
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  18. Wansfel

    Wansfel I'm not lost! The world is just a bit misplaced.

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    Too right! Too long! But no fires!
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  19. Wansfel

    Wansfel I'm not lost! The world is just a bit misplaced.

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    BTW, what are your Baja plans for this winter?
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  20. HellsAlien

    HellsAlien a has-been that never-was

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    I'll be there after the holidays next month, maybe sooner.

    Why? Is it getting cold and dark in the Bitterroots?
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