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Goosetown to Beaverhead with chicks and beer

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by ShadyRascal, Jul 11, 2010.

  1. ShadyRascal

    ShadyRascal Master of None

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    For about 15 years now, we've been heading to Anaconda MT in July for their massive Goosetown softball tournament. Wifey plays, I drive the truck and camper and make sure there's lots of beer around. And I get to go ride too. So Friday night we (Val, friend Clarissa, and moi) head down the highway, full of anticipation of a great weekend.

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    The next morning, the girls' first game is at 7 AM. Off they go, to conquer the softball world.

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    I hopped on the DR650, and immediately put some distance between myself and town.

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    My planned route goes up in those hills

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    Past Fairmont Hot Springs

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    And up German Gulch road into the Beaverhead National Forest for a long loop back down around Butte

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    When gold was discovered here in the mid 1800's, everything such as this creek bed was dug up in search of the precious rocks

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    My planned route was aborted when I ran into gates by a big open pit mine. I take some other roads as I find them, just exploring.

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    But you run into a lot of this out there

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    Deadfall is a fact of life out here, and it will be much worse for the rest of our lives. The entire conifer forests of Montana are being destroyed by the pine beetle. Almost all of the British Columbia forests have been decimated by this bug, it's into Idaho too. It is an environmental disaster almost too great to measure, but you don't hear much about it on the news because there are no cute birds with oil on them I guess. But in a few short years, lumber will be at a tremendous premium, as these dead trees become worthless and the supply of green will not be enough to go around.

    Please excuse the long winded soap-boxing. Here is the typical Montana Lodgepole forest today.

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    I wind my way around the mountains on various and sundry roads and see some nice country.

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    I get up to the top, and take a break looking down into the big valley that runs north to Deer Lodge

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    I then work my way down and across I-90 and up into some other hills for a second half of my loop.

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    There's enough dead lodgepole in this state to build this kind of fence around the whole country I bet

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    Here's looking back at Anaconda, facing south pretty much here

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    I get back to the fields, and the girls are doing well. No doubt under the professional direction of their coaching staff

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    Val gets a hit

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    Jessica hits an exciting Grand Slam

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    My Val plays first base and does well at it

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    Well after doing some serious damage to the beer supply in town, the girls win again Sunday morning. We have time to kill so I head back out.

    Anaconda is a cool town with all kinds of old mining stuff around.

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    I head out with no particular place to go. Found an MX track.

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    Gated, otherwise I woulda been out there pulling doubles in the 650 :rofl Well, maybe not.

    I did end up at Lost Creek canyon, pretty spectacular place.

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    Headed back to town for the afternoon. The girls took 5th out of a whole ton of teams in their bracket. Great fun it was.

    Another salute to Anaconda Montana and the Big Stack, the largest free standing masonry structure on earth. See ya next year!

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  2. akadvntr

    akadvntr Frozen Supporter

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    Thanks for taking the time to post your ride report. Looks like a great area to explore! Enjoyed the pictures :nod
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  3. Skowinski

    Skowinski opposable thumbs

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    Hey, the title says "... with chicks and beer". :jose

    I only seen me one picture with chicks and beer together so far. :huh
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  4. eljeffe

    eljeffe R.I.P Jeff

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    I had the same thought. Where are the chicks AND beer. :deal
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  5. larry0071

    larry0071 Been here awhile

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    Yea, F the bikes dude.... more pics of Val and Clarissa! Dude, you hang with some exceptional looking women! Koodos!

    Waiting for more pics of the vixens!
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  6. teamchaos

    teamchaos That should work!!

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    GREAT report and pictures. Thanks for sharing!!
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  7. ShadyRascal

    ShadyRascal Master of None

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    I was too busy drinking the beer with the womens to take more pictures. :1drink
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  8. ShadyRascal

    ShadyRascal Master of None

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    Okay, okay!

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  9. larry0071

    larry0071 Been here awhile

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    See that.... Ask, and you shall recieve!

    OK, now that we got that out of our system.... you can go to a 50% each mix of bikes and chicks!
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  10. LewisNClark

    LewisNClark Long timer Supporter

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  11. Laconic

    Laconic Boomer Berserker Nativist Rube

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    Looks like nice trip, SR. :nod

    Sucks about the Pine Beetle, I had no idea...:umph
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  12. Ladybug

    Ladybug Bug Sister Supporter

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    Way to go to the gals for their good games. :clap

    Nice ride report. That's a terrific area to explore. I've been through Anaconda a few times and I can't ride into that town without looking over my shoulder thinking some big flipping snake is going to come out from behind a building some where and scare me. :lol3 I've always wondered why the named that town Anaconda.

    Thanks for doing the ride report and posting the nice pictures.
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  13. ShadyRascal

    ShadyRascal Master of None

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    Actually they weren't sucking in their tummies (they don't have anything to suck in), when I took the picture I said "Show me some breast!"
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  14. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer Super Supporter

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    Looks good, can't wait to go through that country again.
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  15. LewisNClark

    LewisNClark Long timer Supporter

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    Beer, chicks and dirty old men!
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