The Missouri Breaks

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by ShadyRascal, Aug 5, 2013.

  1. ShadyRascal

    ShadyRascal Master of None

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    With summers being so busy, it's a real challenge to carve out a good chunk of time to make a longer ride, but Adam (ADV RezRoamer) and I managed to do just that. We've been planning on doing a Missouri Breaks exploration for a while now, and this was our chance.

    Pack up and gear check

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    Took my big ol' 44 six shooter since we're heading for cowboy country.

    We load up and head over the hill to Great Falls, and north to Fort Benton where we'll start our back country ride from.

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    Just looking down into that river valley gets your exploring blood pumping!

    Unload in town, ready to ride

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    We headed south down past Square Butte

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    And into the wilds. The views are great everywhere.

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    Made it to Judith Landing and set camp

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    Ah, yeah.

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    Sleep was good and morning found us hungry (as usual). Adam had his traditional coal-toasted Pop Tarts (gave me one too, they're good :D )

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    I did my coffee and oatmeal on the SteverStove

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    Did some fishing and caught me a Walleye on a spinner lure. Yay!

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    Less than 30 minutes from river to my tummy

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    Adam caught him a little catfish and did the same thing

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    More to come.......
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  2. ShadyRascal

    ShadyRascal Master of None

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    Went to Winifred for fuel and they have the coolest little grocery store there. This safe is a museum piece.

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    Out through the Missouri Breaks Backcountry Byway roads now.

    The fields are very green with the inordinate amount of rain they've had in July

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    Wild flowers all up and down the roads

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    Time for a cold brewskie

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    Lob some big bore lead

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    While our stallions rest a while

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    An abandoned farm was across the river, and an old truck sat lonely in the field

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    I wonder the stories it could tell

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    Onward, and the roads were showing the terrific rains they've had

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    And a note about that: The gumbo mud in that part of the state is impassable when wet. And I mean a 4 wheel drive on the level won't even go, the tires gum up with this clay/cement stuff until it hits the wheelwells and you stop. Can hardly walk on it, your boots turn into great big clumps of mud you can't even pick up. So, when rain comes, you need to be on pavement or real good gravel roads, not out in the outback.

    And rain was coming.

    We made it out of the backcountry to highway 191 and a campground on the river amidst lightning and thunder and some light showers. Set camp and had dinner, and while we sat around the campfire the stars came out and we were reassured.

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    Our trip was to go along the south end of Fort Peck reservoir and up to Glasgow, then along the north shore back to Fort Benton.

    Distant thunder awoke me in the morning. Then closer. Then raindrops. Then,,,

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    We are packing our camp in a downpour. Fun.

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    We get everything loaded, wet and nasty, and start heading for civilization. Some tweety birds fly out in front of me and one doesn't make it past my knuckles.

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    Repeating rain and hail storms are worse as we go. In the occasional break, we wring water out of our gloves and shake off the cold.

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    We roll into Lewistown for a hot meal and coffee.

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    Weather forecasts show the worsening storms heading exactly as our route will take us. Without at least some good sunshine to dry our gear, there is no use in going on. We head back for Fort Benton. We get there, a little worse for wear, and it takes a sip of whiskey to bring us back to life.

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    Some health food on the way back west

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    So the next day, since we had decent weather in Hamilton, we rode up to Skalkaho falls

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    Then went to the brewery in Hamilton. So not all was lost!

    The next day, after Adam went home to Ronan, we got a call from his distressed mother about 6 pm. He had just left his house to run to town on his Kawi Versys, and a deer ran across the road, he got on his brakes but it hit the handlebars and front wheel. He was on the way to Missoula in an ambulance. Val and I and Clarissa headed up to see him. Broke his collarbone in 3 places, broke some ribs, banged his face up (we are guessing it hit the inside of his helmet that hard when he faceplanted), possible concussion, serious road rash on arms and legs too. He was in pretty rough shape when we got to see him. His riding season is over, and we'll have to do Fort Peck Reservoir next year.

    Or I told him for now he can run a chase vehicle. :) Get well Adam!

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  3. Jimr80gs

    Jimr80gs Adventurer

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    Hope Adam gets to feeling better soon.

    I tried to drop down from Havre Sun for a day ride but the gumbo turned me around, I knew I'd likely hit it.. Were you at Judith campground Thurs?
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  4. ShadyRascal

    ShadyRascal Master of None

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    Judith Wednesday and on hi way 191 at the river Thursday. Wanted to see friends in Nashua and Glasgow too. My son goes to MSU Northern in Havre and we hunt Big Sandy so that's all turning into our stomping grounds.
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  5. Honkey Cat

    Honkey Cat Tailights Fade!

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    Sorry to hear about your mate, really beautiful scenery there. Thans
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  6. RezRoamer

    RezRoamer Adventurer

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    Thanks for the get well! About all I'm able to do now is play on my phone and surf the Internet. I'm sure ill be looking for some versys parts pretty soon. Our ride started out with incredible weather and insane views. We will finish the ride as soon as I can throw my left arm ont the grip and squeeze the clutch.
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  7. Liberia

    Liberia Fortunate

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    You took an electric guitar on your trip? :D

    Thanks for a nice write up and really nice pictures. Now there's one more place that I want to see.
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  8. katbeanz

    katbeanz earthbound misfit, I

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    Cool Stuff! I got to see the falls at westfest 10. :D Sorry bout your get off, heal fast! :thumb
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