I started this blog because I love to take motorcycle trips both local and around the country. And I love finding that roadside attraction or quaint town and of course the best places to eat. So I'd like to share my adventures with friends old and new. And I would like to hear about yours. Feel free to share. What's the nicest ride you've ever taken? The most scenic ride? The longest ride? Rallies you've been to with thousands or a solo ride? The town you fell in love with? The food that you'd go back for? Talk about the motorcycle shops along the way. We all love a warm friendly face. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, so use them to help others share your experience.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Then we just rode aimlessly around the town of Butte. It's an old town steeped in history of copper mines and fortunes made.
Then it was back to camp because we had to start getting the trailer ready to trade on Thursday. It was just a matter of getting the cabinets emptied and we moved everything to the toy box section hoping that the change would be smooth and fast.
So on Thursday it was up and on the road. We parked the bikes near the campground office so they could watch them for us and headed for Missoula again. Got to Bretz around 11 for our 11:30 appointment and they pulled the trailer in and went to work. Some of the things coming off the old to be installed on the new took a little time and we found that we were there most of the day. Not a problem, though, because we did a little shopping and eating to kill the time. So with a brand new trailer that included an extra bathroom in the back, we got back to camp in time for a bite and some relax time.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
The 2 Bar Lazy H RV Park.
It was only Monday and the festivities weren't scheduled until the weekend so the place was fairly empty but we were told that by Thursday we'd see plenty of bikers. Monday evening was just a quick run into town for a bite and a beer and then back to camp.We found a great restaurant in town called Hangin5 and we did go back later in the week because the food was good and the beer was cold!
On Tuesday we decided to ride out to Missoula to check out the Harley shop and we also made a stop at Bretz RV and Marine. Dick had bought from this place before so he wanted to stop in. Little did he know that he'd leave with an upgraded fifth wheel. So we spent some time at Bretz and made plan to come back on Thursday to swap out rides. Then out to Grizzly HD.
Looking forward to the weekend !!!!
Thursday, August 23, 2012
So we started the day with coffee and doughnuts downtown and then took a quick ride up the hill just outside of town for a view of Red Lodge from above.
After figuring that we'd killed enough time, it was out to the fairgrounds for the rodeo.
it was an absolutely great time and what a hoot we had !!
Unfortunately, when I got to the bar I had a little electrical problem with the trike but we quickly found a wire that had burnt on the engine so I thought it best to just get back to camp and not be out riding around. Paul and Kim decided not to eat at the bar because they wanted to meet with us for dinner so we planned to get together at Pisano's Pizza a little later. That, my friends, is a story in itself. we were joined by Pam and Will, who are friends of Paul and Kim. We did have a good old time and then again back to camp for some nice conversation and a couple of adult beverages before calling it a night. We told our new friends about our plans to go to Butte for the state rally and they told us that perhaps they'd work something out to get out there too.
Monday, August 20, 2012
Saturday was a very exciting day for us. It was the day that we would ride the Beartooth Highway. It was probably the main reason that we came here. The rally itself was great and the people were awesome but
with everything that I've read and heard about the highway, this is what I was here for and I couldn't wait to get started.
After gassing up we headed out of town following a group who were doing the Beartooth Poker Run. We decided not to do the Poker thing because I thought that we'd spend some time just enjoying the ride and the scenery.
The route we took brought us around the southern way rather than the shortest route to the highway. After a stop at one of the poker run bars, the folks that we had met and rode to this point with felt that the skies looked a little threatening and decided not to take the chance. The clouds were rolling in around the mountains and you could tell that it was raining in spots. But I came to ride the highway and I wasn't about to let a little rain spoil it !
The Chief Joseph is a beautiful ride with many winding roads climbing up and down and around the mountains. The only problem we had was that we thought that we were riding the Beartooth so as much as we loved the views and the curves and the scenery, when we arrived at "The Top Of The World", I must say that I was kind of disappointed and thought that if that's what all the hubbub is about, then I felt it wasn't worth the trip.
On a stint out West he drove the Beartooth Highway, a 64-mile ribbon of pavement that cuts across the mountain wilderness of northwest Wyoming.It impressed him so much he called it America's most scenic drive. He expressed no doubts. No question marks. No equivocation.
This is the reason that I came to drive the Beartooth. I've been on many beautiful roads all over the country and some are long straight runs through miles of nothing while others are tight switchbacks through mountains. They are all breathtaking in their own right but at this point I have to agree with Mr. Kuralt. The pictures that follow cannot do this road justice in even the smallest way. At some of the highest elevations you're close to 11,000 feet and at times you can see all the way down to where you were at the bottom. It's definitely not a road for the large campers or if you're afraid of high winding roads without guard rails along most of it.
So after thinking that i had done the ride and was left a little diappointed, I found that the ride had only begun and this has definitely become my favorite ride. I will be back to do it again and maybe even again !!!
Many many lakes and lots of snow covered ground.. The skies cleared somewhat and the rain in the area stopped and soon we were back to shirt sleeves and riding in perfect conditions with perfect weather.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Not a lot going on out at the campgrounds so we we took a nice scenic 120 mile cruise and made a our way back to the KOA. The pool looked very inviting and it had gotten a little warm so I took a quick dip before we went back into town for a very good dinner at Pollard's Pub. Back to camp for a couple of cold ones and we were looking forward to the poker run on Friday.
Friday's poker run was a little different than what I'm used to. Usually there are 5 stops with a card at each and best hand wins.
There are quite a few bars along Red Lodge's main drag and they were all hopping. Add to that some live entertainment on two of the side streets and Red Lodge was now officially "ON" !!!
Tomorrow we ride the Beartooth !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!