Beartooth Highway May 2020

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  1. wobbly one

    wobbly one Been here awhile

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    Hello Fellow Travelers. Just a quick photo dump that might be of interest to those who are thinking of riding the Beartooth Highway early in the season. The Wyoming and Montana DOT do a pretty good job at trying to open things up by Memorial Day each year. These photos are from a 5/31/20 ride.

    I had been moping around and getting a belly full of this shelter-in-place stuff when my hot wife said “Can't you just please go for a ride somewhere”. Being wired as a people pleaser, I said absolutely and quickly arranged with a friend of mine to ride over the Beartooth and into Cooke City. I had heard they had cold beer and delicious sandwiches. So with Whiskey in the Jar playing in my helmet and a very enthusiastic wave from my hot wife I hit the dusty trail.

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    Aw Yeah, springtime in Montana
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    If you are looking to make an early season run over the top I'd recommend a couple things - suit up like SpaceX just called your number, and bring your welding goggles. It was in the 40's up top and the wind was gusting 20-30mph.
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  2. wobbly one

    wobbly one Been here awhile

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    A few more...
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    Pilot Peak and Index Peak. Cooke City is just on the other side of these.
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    Cold beer and delicious sandwiches at the Beartooth Cafe. Highly recommend.
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    Lake Creek. Fishing wasn't too good...
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    Looking down the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone (Chief Joseph Highway)
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    Be good, ride safe.
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  3. Donkey Hotey

    Donkey Hotey De Jo Momma

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    Awesome shots. Thanks for sharing.

    Beartooth and Chief Joseph are two of the most beautiful roads I've ever ridden. From a riding perspective, Yellowstone was a let-down after those two.

    Any bear sightings? When I got to Clay Butte Lookout, the docents told me they had been watching two grizzlies just over the hill from the dirt road. They ducked out of sight (further away from the road) just before I arrived. Not something I want to come across on a big clumsy motorcycle.
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  4. CJSRider

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    Here is what it looked like on June 8, 2019 There was a lot of snow last year and I almost did not get to ride Beartooth due to it not being opened. I was a great ride that day. IMG_0708.JPEG
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  5. wobbly one

    wobbly one Been here awhile

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    Thanks Donkey Hotey - I would agree with your comment on Yellowstone - just scads and scads of people to deal with. Your question regarding bear sightings is very timely and serves as a good precaution to those travelling early season. The mamas are just introducing their new little ones to the world and they do what all good mamas do, so it's a good thing to keep your radar on high and give them wide berth. We did not see any bear but here is a link to a video of a grizzly going after a car that was shot in the vicinity of where we were riding just a couple weeks after we were there.
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  6. wobbly one

    wobbly one Been here awhile

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    Glad you got a chance to ride it CJSRider. Looks like you had a nice day. Early season is a great time to ride it.
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  7. CJSRider

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    I looks like from your pictures the weather was great, other than being a little cool. You have some great pictures. I feel blessed that the weather was clear when I went.
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  8. shupe

    shupe Been here awhile

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    Great pics.
    I tried it in August 2013. Rode up the Chief Joe and at the fork a state trooper stopped us.
    Road closed due to smoke from wild fires. Dammit.
    Have to go back.
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  9. wobbly one

    wobbly one Been here awhile

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    Thanks Shupe. Hopefully you can make it again soon. That's a long ride from FL. The Beartooth isn't as spectacular when the air is smoky or hazy, but still fun. This year the air has largely been crystal clear. One of the benefits of COVID and quarantines I guess. Well look at me getting all positive about things!
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    wobbly one Been here awhile

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    Thanks CJS Rider - come back soon.
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  12. shupe

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    Yeah, all things considered, you chose wisely to go in early June even with the risks then.
    I was surprised how hot it was in August, all the way through Iowa, SD and WY.
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  13. bomose

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    I was there last July and there wasn't much snow. But, speaking of bears, we were in Glacier and people were getting out of their cars to see one on the side of the road. Being on a bike, I was a little apprehensive. I pointed my camera as I went by and luckily got a shot of him behind some trees. IMG_5976.JPG IMG_6093.JPG IMG_6094.JPG
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  14. lvscrvs

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    Wobbly.... with all due respect, you can't make mention of "hot wife" without posting up pics of "hot wife"......

    Them's the rules..... :rofl

    Unless of of course said "hotness" had more to do with the fact that she had had about enough of your overstuffed arse hanging around on the couch all day and was about to blow her lid if you didn't vamoose and give her her house to herself for a day..... :lol2
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  15. wobbly one

    wobbly one Been here awhile

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    Dang R1100RTRider - that's some snow. Nice you got to make it up that early in the year.
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  16. wobbly one

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    Nice photos bomose. Wow - I believe those good folk may have just dodged a bullet! Darwin seems to test his hypothesis in the darndest of places.
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    wobbly one Been here awhile

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    Sheesh Ivscrvs - you are a demanding sort. I don't have many, but let me paw around and see what I can find. Ok. here's one.. And yes, she is Italian so "hot" is sometimes a nuanced adjective in the wobbly household.
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  18. lvscrvs

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    I'm just funnin with ya Wobbly. I am half Italian myself so know a thing or two about mediterranean blood. Temperatures do rise dramatically at times..... :lol3

    Enjoying your pics btw.... keep them coming..... :thumb
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  19. Bigger Al

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    Nice little write up!

    Jeez, I gotta get back to Montana......
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  20. wobbly one

    wobbly one Been here awhile

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    Hey Bigger Al - good to hear from you - I hope the world is treating you well. I agree - you need to get to Montana. Give me a shout if you do. This dang virus mumbo jumbo has my summer trip schedule all in limbo. It's looking like I'll just be getting some rides in around the state.
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