F*** the roses, I'll smell 'em when I get to Montana

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by rodr, Aug 30, 2013.

  1. Ladybug0048

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    Congratulations on the Iron Butt!!!! :clap

    I hope you took the time to enjoy the roses in Glacier. :flug

    Looking forward to the rest of the story. :lurk
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  2. rodr

    rodr Been here awhile

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    Thanks Ladybug! If I had seen a rose in Glacier, I woulda smelled it for sure. :lol3
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  3. rodr

    rodr Been here awhile

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    Arriving at the Yellowstone entrance, I'm told by the park ranger babe where to go. :D

    Then I scurry to find my campground while there's still space available.

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    Somehow I get into a moto procession.

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    Good luck, space is available at the Indian Creek campground and the resident camp host is very helpful in helping me select a spot.

    After claiming my spot and unloading a ton of luggage, I set off to explore a bit while there's still daylight.

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    My camp site. I had bought a box of firewood which the camp host kindly delivered with his golf cart, and stayed a little while to chat.
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  4. Varkenjaab

    Varkenjaab Middle Age Crisis

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    I'm from Australia and heading to Yellowstone in a few weeks. Looking forward to seeing it so put up some good shots :D Are all those shots from the GoPro?

    Where's a good place to stay in Red Lodge? We were thinking of staying in Billings but should have time to get down closer to the park that day.

    Enjoy the trip :1drink

    And also doing it on a V Strom (1000).

    Cheers.
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  5. rodr

    rodr Been here awhile

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    We still have Day 6 to come, but I thought it would be interesting to take a moment and post some stats from the first day, the Iron Butt portion of the ride.

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    Map  PDT    Mins  Odom   Miles   Gals   MPG   MPH
      A  22:53       39051
      B  01:13   140 39222     171  4.441  38.5  73.3
      C  04:11   178 39370     148  3.398  43.6  49.9
      D  07:37   206 39527     157  3.042  51.6  45.7
      E  11:28   231 39687     160  3.029  52.8  41.6 (with 40 mins rest stop)
      F  14:15   167 39849     162  3.505  46.2  58.2
      G  16:31   136 39992     143  3.180  45.0  63.1
      H  18:48   137 40124     132  2.848  46.3  57.8
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                1195          1073 23.443  45.8  53.9
    
    Miles are from the odometer so are a bit higher than what Google shows. MPH is based on wall clock time, including gas/rest stops. The first leg was much faster than the rest due to being a long stretch of lonely and uninterrupted freeway; notice the huge drop in MPG due to the speed.

    With just local riding, I commonly get about 55 MPG.
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  6. rodr

    rodr Been here awhile

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    Welcome Varkenjaab! The wide angle pics are selected snapshots from my ContourRoam video.

    Red Lodge, I suggest the Yodeler hotel. They have discounts for moto riders but you have to ask for it. In retrospect I should have gotten a reservation, as their cheapest rooms were all taken when I got there.
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  7. Varkenjaab

    Varkenjaab Middle Age Crisis

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    Thanks for the advice on the hotel. I'll check them out.

    Gee you must have been motoring well to average 73mph on that first leg. It certainly reflects on your gas. It will be interesting to see how my 1000 goes.

    I'm tempted to get a GoPro for the trip as I'm just taking a point and shoot type (that does panorama's) as I won't have room for my SLR and lenses. Hhhhmmm, what to do.........:huh

    Look forward to more shots.

    Cheers,

    Geoff
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  8. gvcrt

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    Great ride report and pictures keep em coming
    Ride safe Graeme
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  9. rodr

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    It's geyser day for me in Yellowstone. :D

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    My camp breakfast is slim pickins, probably shoulda planned that better. :lol3

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    On packing up and leaving the campground, I manage to cross this bridge for the 4th time without going off the rails.

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    I head South towards Old Faithful. But there's plenty of geothermal activity to see well before it, right from the road.

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    This one was so close to the road I had to stop for a photo-op.

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    The Norris Geyser Basin is on the way, and stopping to check it out is a no-brainer.

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    Lots of activity at Norris.

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    Arriving at the Old Faithful area, I stopped at the gift shop to find a T-shirt for Miz Lucy and to grab a burger, as the earlier slim breakfast was not doing it for me. Coming back to the bike, I find advrider inmate Preacher Dan waiting for me! He's seen my RR and recognized the bike. We chatted a while, and then I trotted over to the geyser site.

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    Turns out I arrived almost an hour before the next eruption was expected. It didn't take long for a crowd to gather.

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    There's no doubt that Old Faithful is a male.

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    Ooooohh baby....

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    YES! YES! YES!
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    rodr Been here awhile

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    The rest of today's route takes me out of Yellowstone and through Grand Teton National Park.

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    Still in Yellowstone and heading South, I cross the Continental Divide.

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    Goodbye Yellowstone!

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    Hello Grand Teton!

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    I take a detour onto Teton Park Road and make a stop at the Jackson Lake Dam.

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    I was going to stop in Jackson for the night, but it was just the middle of the day and Jackson looked pretty much like a tourist trap, or a movie set. So decided to press on to Idaho Falls and perhaps get home a day early.

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    At the intersection near Alpine I stop to fuel up. Looks like angry skies ahead, and dust is blowing fiercely even where I am. I don my rain jacket and press on.

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    And there was some rain, but not too bad, and pretty soon the skies cleared up.

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    On into Idaho and Idaho Falls for the night.
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  11. airjammer

    airjammer Montana, SLC, Grand Junction, currently Houston

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    Awe the town pump. Kwa tag nuk is good beer stop. Watch out for the injuns though.





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  12. Varkenjaab

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    Looking forward to see what route you take back home. We will be heading west from Rock Springs via Logan and the Golden Spike but looks like nothing of great interest between there and Carson City (going around Lake Tahoe). Saw "The Loneliest Rd in America" so will take that. What else is around??

    Great RR. keep it up :clap

    Cheers,

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    Bending amplitude great ah.



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  14. rodr

    rodr Been here awhile

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    Idaho Falls put me 770 miles from home, with not much of interest between here and there. My original plan was for an intermediate overnight in Elko, NV.

    I figured if I can do a Saddlesore on Day 1, I can surely do 3/4 of a Saddlesore on Day 7. I'm going for it. Here's the route:

    http://goo.gl/maps/T2raf

    The hotel has a free breakfast starting at 6am, and by 6:30 I've got the bike packed up and am figuring out how to make a waffle in the waffle iron. There are a few other guys there, all in white uniforms getting ready to start their work day, whatever that is.

    About the only other thing worth eating there is a cup of vanilla yogurt (why the hell does anybody make VANILLA yogurt, anyway?). With that and a cup of coffee inhaled, I'm on my way at 6:45 (5:45 California time).

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    It was smooth sailing to the Nevada state line, and I was feeling good. I called Miz Lucy and turned in my dinner request. :D

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    Just past the state line is Jackpot, NV, the sole purpose of which I am sure is to lure gamblers from Twin Falls.

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    Then I get to enjoy 494 miles of I-80. :pynd

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    After 13 hours on the road, I roll into my garage at 6:45 and enjoy a fantastic dinner.

    Miz Lucy likes her T-shirt. :D

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    The whole trip came to about 3,000 miles, including the riding around in Yellowstone.

    Thanks for reading!
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  15. rodr

    rodr Been here awhile

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    Thanks Geoff! Hwy 50 is pretty cool if you enjoy wide open solitude. See this for a good spot to stop or have a meal.

    Umm, ok?

    Yo Dave! A very pleasant surprise to have you drop in. I hope things are going well!
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  16. Ladybug0048

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    Thanks for sharing your ride however I don't know if I will ever be able to watch Old Faithful again without thinking about your impression of it. :eek1 :lol3
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  17. JRose

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    Well F you too, buddy! :fyyff
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  18. rodr

    rodr Been here awhile

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    Oops. Sorry. :lol3

    Oops again. :rofl
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  19. Zeid

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    That is some beautiful countryside, I especially love those pictures of Montana. Thanks for posting the routes as well, I'll have to try that one in Northern Montana.
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  20. rodr

    rodr Been here awhile

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    Thanks for checking in! I suggest you try the West side of Koocanusa. Takes a bit longer, but is said to be much twistier.
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