What the hell's past Helena

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by ShadyRascal, Jun 11, 2013.

  1. ShadyRascal

    ShadyRascal Master of None

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    So I end up with a weekend open with Mrs Shady heading to Vegas with her friends.

    I get to do anything. So I pack up the Strom.

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    A few ideas bounce by, and I decide to head east

    Skalkaho creek running strong

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    As are the falls, pictured here behind the dork

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    I always like this road

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    On over to P-Burgh, with interesting yard decorations

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    Onward to Helena

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    And across the water into the mountains

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    This place had like 3 buildings

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    Been a long day, found me a camp spot and set 'er up.

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    Now, just sit there

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    The burbling stream and wind in the trees sang me into deep sleep. 6 AM I was up cooking oatmeal, which I enjoyed over hot coffee and had the company of a deer watching me from across the creek.

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    Kickstands up at 9 and rolling south then east again

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    Canyon Ferry reservoir

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    A little flower memorial or something at the top of the hill

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    Looking back at the south end of the reservoir.

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    Head East again

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    Into White Sulphur Springs

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    Haunted house

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    Fort Logan

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    Cool part here. Took this road that turns to dirt, and stays dirt, for 65 miles. Not one single intersection with another road besides the occasional ranch driveway. It was just spectacular.

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    Helped the ranchers out a bit with their ground squirrel problems

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    Back down to the big prairies now

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    Fooled around Great Falls for a bit, rode out to Belt, then looking for a non-windy camp area, iffy at best in that area, was fruitless so I kept heading towards home, eventually all the way. Went 660 miles in 2 days, and couldn't complain about any of it really. There are big sections of Montana to explore that quietly hide on your map every day. :nod

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  2. Rutabaga

    Rutabaga Been here awhile

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    I got no complaints about your 660 miles either, just lots of compliments to you for sharing it.
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  3. N-Id-Jim

    N-Id-Jim Been here awhile

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    "There are big sections of Montana to explore that quietly hide on your map every day."

    Great line, so true for any state.. I find those sneakers over here in ID too.

    Great write up thanks, I need to get over there again soon.

    Cheers!
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  4. Ever Onward

    Ever Onward Older,Wiser, Smarter

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    Very, very nice ! :clap

    Thanks for posting. Really makes me wish I still lived out there. Also makes me wonder why I spent all my time going either west or north of that area ?

    Proof once again......MONTANA ROCKS !




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  5. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism!

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  6. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism!

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  7. ct-ktm

    ct-ktm Long timer

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    We get it your jealous..:lol3:lol3

    Nice pics..
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  8. lilshady

    lilshady n00b

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    Yet another great ride report from the legendary shadyrascal.

    Sure makes me miss the big sky a lot!
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  9. ttr

    ttr Been here awhile

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    Really loved those pics!

    Beatiful
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  10. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    Where is Nelson MT?

    How did you get from Canyon Ferry to W.S.S? There is a road called York road by Hauser Lake, which I have not been on. I have taken Confederate Gulch before?

    Thanks,
    David
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  11. byways

    byways byways

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    You're not naming those amazing roads 'cuz why?
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  12. ShadyRascal

    ShadyRascal Master of None

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    'Cause I'm selfish. :D

    Hi Tony :wave

    Nelson was up York road then up to the left on Beaver Creek road. I mean nothing up there and here's the Cribbage Capital of the World with two log houses and this old guy cutting weeds by his fence. :lol3 Beaver creek was where I camped, and though it showed to go through on some maps, it didn't on others, so rather than go 25 miles then have to turn back, I went back and down east side of Canyon Ferry.

    I went over south of Confederate Gulch on Duck Creek road. Then the long dirt road was the one going from WSS to Ft Logan and just turns to dirt, ends up in Ulm MT. That ride was a real hidden gem, at least to me.
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  13. byways

    byways byways

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    U dawg! I've been dyin' to check Ulm off my list ...
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  14. siyeh

    siyeh Lawn Nazi

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    Great area you rode through. My Montana cousins always say:

    "Montana has the mountains Colorado thinks it has".
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  15. refokus

    refokus Just Learning

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    Nice :clap looks like a great time. :thumb
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  16. Wansfel

    Wansfel 50+ yrs on 2 wheels

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    Looks like you ran some of the stretch I covered on my "Ghost Town Tour" last July...guess I should write a report. We hit the York Bar - great burgers - ran up Magpie, down Avalanche then back up Duck Ck and overnited at Gypsy Lake. Turned back towards Townsend though from White Sulpher Springs.


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  17. oscar23

    oscar23 Adventurer

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    Great pictures - I'm from Sheridan MT and live in Omaha - I hit the Beartooth this summer on my Vstrom - just love it up there - I have to do it again sometime -
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  18. ShadyRascal

    ShadyRascal Master of None

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    Dang Wansfel, looks like we've chewed some of the same dirt! When are we gonna have a beer, anyway?
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  19. katbeanz

    katbeanz earthbound misfit, I

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    How did I miss this? :clap :thumb
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  20. Wansfel

    Wansfel 50+ yrs on 2 wheels

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    Sounds like a meet n greet is in order in the near future at the Blacksmith.
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