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Five Course Highlights It was a fast and furious ride from Helena to West Yellowstone, 180 miles all in a southerly direction on route 287. 10 miles out of town, we were served the appetizer, albeit you've got to be kidding me? Yep, a couple of miles of roadworks and gravel. WHATEVER. Second course on the menu: discovered en route a tidy, quaint little western town called Ennis, also home of the Country Bumpkin Bakery. Ian was in heaven, savouring the best raspberry pie he's ever eaten, and for seconds, the pastry shell and half of the goopy innards of my pecan pie. Dave, they should sell THIS filling in a jar to eat on the couch in your u_____r. Almost as good as cherry. The sorbet to cleanse the palate, as long as you promise ... read more
Route 287
Route 287
Route 287

North America » United States » Montana » Helena July 12th 2014

Today is Saturday the 7thday on the road, so like some other guy we rested. Actually it was Helen’s idea to stay another day in Helena to explore the town named after her. Early this morning we went for a run (4th so far, not bad !! ) we managed to beat the heat. A quick breakfast and out exploring on foot. We asked the hotel desk clerk how far was it to town. “Just a mile down the road, you will love it. Lots of shops, an open market and a walking mall.” Wrong!!!!! It was actually about two and a half miles to town. There was a market, there was a walking mall and many shops. There were just no people. Shops were empty, the mall was deserted and there was zero traffic. It ... read more
At the farmers market in downtown Helena, Montana
At the farmers market in downtown Helena, Montana
At the farmers market in downtown Helena, Montana

North America » United States » Montana » Helena July 11th 2014

Intuition must have subconsciously influenced us on our first day to get some practice on gravel. It seems that most of Montana's back roads are under construction, and it appears to be completely acceptable practice to leave both sides of the road covered with very loose gravel, potholes, grooves, mud, oh and water in places too. Yesterday on the descent from Glacier Park, several "fancy", as my mum used to say, bikes turned around and headed back the long way rather than risk scratching their polished chrome. You've seen the guys (and it is usually guys) out front of their motel rooms at 5 am for two hours waxing and polishing before the day's ride. Not us. The dirtier, the better. We actually had fun on the gravel today, both laughing and trying to fishtail. It's ... read more
Flathead Lake
Summit at Swan Lake, Route 83
Diner in Lincoln, Montana

North America » United States » Montana » Kalispell July 10th 2014

Up at 5 am to ride from Libby to Kalispell for breakfast at Bojangles Diner #Roadworks for 30 kms, riding on wet gravel and mud #2 hour ride instead of 1 Ride the "Going Up to the Sun Road" in Glacier National Park #$24 entrance fee for both bikes #Scenery #Lakes #Waterfalls #34 Degrees #6900 ft elevation #People #Traffic #Roadworks from summit to east Glacier side, 50 kms of gravel, mud, stops, starts - fun #No crumble and coffee on roadside, stove wouldn't ignite, no matches. Groan... #Bucket list Exit Glacier National Park and ride to Browning, Montana for the night? NOT. #Holiday Inn Express, Browning, don't go there. Terrible experience, left even though tired #Back on bikes, head West on Highway 2 back to Kalispell, 100 miles #Brown bear standing on his hinds on roadside ... read more
Glacier National Park, Montana
Glacier National Park, Montana
Glacier National Park, Montana

North America » United States » Montana » Libby July 9th 2014

Today was a perfect day on the bikes, and hopefully indicative of what the rest of the trip will be like. It's extremely refreshing having no agenda or itinerary or timeframe in which to get somewhere. After a short run this morning, we were on the road by 9 heading from Grand Forks to the Cascade US Border Crossing on Highway 395 into Washington State. Today was about taking breaks when we felt like it, and as many times as we felt like it. The weather topped out at 37 degrees, but seemed manageable with all jacket vents open, a wet bandana around the neck, a swap back into my smaller leather hiking boots and vented summer gloves. I used the mister bottle several times on my face, neck and legs, and also drank all 2 ... read more
Route 395 Bridge at Columbia River
Route 395 Bridge at Columbia River
Route 395 Bridge at Columbia River

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North America » United States » Montana » Whitefish July 1st 2014

Two days before departure and preparations are well in-hand. Briefly, here are the bare-bones of our North America trip: On Tuesday (01July) we're on a flight (BA) to London. We change at Heathrow and then join AA for their flight to Vancouver, Canada. Four Days relaxing in Vancouver then (5July) we fly to Kalispell, Montana via Seattle. Jen is on the Lynn Erickson 'Concept Based Education and Instruction' certification training course at Grouse Mountain Lodge, Whitefish, Montana. We have a couple of days extra in Whitefish before we board Amtrak's 'Empire Builder' for the 7 hour journey to Leavenworth, Washington State (mock Bavarian township). After two days relaxing in the Rocky Mountains in Leavenworth, Worthos we are back onboard Empire Builder (18July) for the 4 hour run into Seattle. We are looking forward to four days ... read more

North America » United States » Montana » Butte June 27th 2014

Because wordpress refused to upload my pics..im on here now. We used this for our europetrip and I was pleased...so onward... Don't ever enter yellowstone from the south entrance through the grand tetons if yor in an old, over loaded old van....ufh......with the brakes smoking and me screaming a bit....we made it to the bottom to a nice camping place that had a bar..thank god I needed that beer...holy crap..... Yellwstone was nice but I was worn out from the fear of those mountains.... really pretty but went to bed early....woke up to pitch blackness....the dark was so total it ate up the light from the flashlight I used to try and get to the bathroom...seriously...total dark. This morning we got up and saw old faithful and made breakfast right therein the parking lot. Afterwards...on to ... read more
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Cody – Wyoming We leave Yellowstone Park driving via the Hayden Valley and Fishing Bridge alongside the Yellowstone Lake (which looks more like a blue/green sea with wave crashing the shoreline than a lake) & then the East Entrance without much drama. We then hit the Buffalo Bill Scenic Byway which takes us through some really lovely landscape. A combo of rolling hills, rocks formations that could be from Bryce or Zion NPs, running alongside the Shoshone River and through Shoshone NF. We also go through the Absaroka volcanic area - and see more beautiful rock structures and scenery. There are signs saying that its grizzly country but we don't see any. We definitely feel that Wyoming is the surprise package as one of the loveliest States in the US we have visited. We drive via ... read more
Bozeman brunch time
welcome to Glacier National Park
Butch Cassidy M in Trail Town, Cody

North America » United States » Montana » Helena May 29th 2014

This was just a plain old drive until you drop day for us. I know there are some of you out there that can bite off more than this for a day, but this is about our limit. I've driven this route several times in the past, but always in the late fall, after the leaves had fallen off the trees and the grass had turned brown. Travelling at this time gave me an appreciation of what really happens on the plains north of Salt Lake and in the passes of Idaho and Montana. While the country reminds me of parts of Alberta, the mountains are quite different. In the high passes the trees, bush, and open spaces look like it is an enormous groomed garden. The fresh green patches of grasses look like fresh mown ... read more




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