Blogs from Billings, Montana, United States, North America


North America » United States » Montana » Billings June 29th 2017

Greetings again from Billings Montana and Day 3 of InZane 2017! Over 100 pictures today of Bikes, Bike rodeo, Pie Auction and Blow out party. Also, video of the slalom race. Mrs. Alien and I started the day with a cup of coffee and the Valkyrie Rodeo. For those that don't know, a bike rodeo consists of several contests of motorcycle control. Events included a slow race in which the rider reaching the finish line last without putting a foot down is the winner and a slalom course where motorcycles navigate a slalom course of traffic cones which are moved closer together after each round of competition. Below is a video of the entire slalom competition. Later, we boarded the Mothership and rode to breakfast at the Muzzle Loader Café. Meh. Then it was off ... read more

North America » United States » Montana » Billings June 28th 2017

Greetings from Day 2 of InZane 2017 in Billings, MT! We started the day early with a free breakfast provided by the VRCC, then a nice walk around the hotel taking pictures of some of the bikes that I missed last night. Later in the day, we decided to go for a ride to nowhere in particular. We headed out of town going east on I-90. A little while down the road I saw a sign for Pictographs State Park. I made a snap decision and we took the exit. Turning up a side road following the signs, we had a nice 20 minute ride on a winding one lane road through picturesque Montana countryside. After a bit, we came to Pictographs State Park. The Pictograph, Middle and Ghost caves were home to generations of prehistoric ... read more
Pictograph State Park
Mrs. Alien and the Mothership at Pictograph State Park
Cliffs at Pictograph State Park

North America » United States » Montana » Billings June 27th 2017

Greetings from day 1 of InZane 17! As promised, you will find a great deal of pictures on tonight's post. I apologize for some of them, as I was playing with different lenses and flashes to get the pictures the way I want them. I think I have the camera dialed in now, so picture quality should improve. By the way, if you are a member of the VRCC and see a picture of your bike that you'd like, shoot me a PM on the board and I'll email you the full Hi-Rest RAW file. This morning both Mrs. Alien, who arrived last night at midnight and myself were tired and the pinched nerve in my hip was particularly painful. We did jump on the bike and ride to Cracker Barrel for a nice breakfast, then ... read more
This little boat shaped trailer was cool!
This poor guy trailered his bike all the way here only to discover that he left the key at home.  We have all been trying our keys in the hopes that one of them will work so that the guy can ride.  No luck so far.
The beautiful Mrs. Alien

North America » United States » Montana » Billings June 26th 2017

Greetings from Billings, Montana! I'm finally here at InZane 2017! More on that below. Bozeman was a bit of a pain. I got the only room available last night but it was a 4th floor walk up. The problem with that is that I carry a lot of stuff on the Mothership and I've been suffering from a pinched nerve in my left hip for several months as well as a torn ligament in my right knee. Needless to say, I was not amused that there was no elevator. This morning, I was resolved that I would not be carrying all of my stuff downstairs. I went through everything and sorted out the breakable stuff (cameras, etc.). the rest (clothes, tools etc.) I began chucking out my 4th floor window onto the lawn below. Well...THAT garnered ... read more
No shortage of "early birds" at the BBQ
Schedule of events for the next 5 days.  There's plenty more to do as well.
Bill "Big BF" Ferguson, Valkyrie mechanic extrordinare, is already set up and working on bikes.  This guy travels the country working on Valkyries.  Sounds like a good life to me!

North America » United States » Montana » Billings May 15th 2016

Geo: 45.7836, -108.505Sitting in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan we had a choice to make. We could turn left and head up to my old stomping grounds when I was an underground miner earning money for University- Flin Flon, Manitoba. Past detours that I've made into my somewhat foggy past have proven entirely unsuccessful- not only have some of my former hometowns changed dramatically but my somewhat faulty memory has left us wandering aimlessly looking for something I might recognize. Our other choice was to turn right and head back into the U.S. via Montana and, with a short backtrack, set up a visit to the legendary Yellowstone Park. On the way we could even stop at the site of Custer's Last Stand. Checking out the battle ground of one of the more notorious battles in U.S. history ... read more
George Custer
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument

North America » United States » Montana » Billings November 19th 2015

In the beginning of 2015 my family and I had all planned on heading out to Montana to visit Derik's family. In the process we were going to fish the days away, explore Yellowstone and hike up a mountain so large and deadly my life flashes before my eyes just thinking about it :P But I got a full time job and with full time jobs there comes the whole requesting for time off and getting approval and when you are technically still on probation you probably shouldn't be asking for a week off so the July hike of doom was cancelled. But we were not to be dissuaded from an adventure to the mysteries lands of Montana. I had been there once before with Derik but the weather was so bitterly cold I'm pretty sure ... read more
Lady elk
Little Bighorn

North America » United States » Montana » Billings July 15th 2015

Day 12 Got a good nights sleep and hit the road by 9:30, gassed up (free breakfast), then stopped to fill the tank. We entered the U.S. About an hour later, and always nice to be back! No more converting kilometers to miles and Celsius to Fahrenheit! AND, millimeters to inches! Who measures rainfall in such small increments? Well, I reckon everybody beside the U.S. eh? Anyway, I don't like to have to think too much on vacation! Ok, enough of that. More beautiful scenery along the way, saw some deer and a few buffalo and a lucky squirrel we just missed, and then on to St Mary's where we stopped for a break. Then we headed away from Glacier National Park towards Lewiston, Montana, and then on to our home for the evening in Billings. ... read more
Tired boy.
Big boy!
The whole clan.

North America » United States » Montana » Billings October 8th 2014

this is a catchup piece. have not had the opportunity to blog. ANCHORAGE Anchored down in ANCHORAGE indeed. Anchorage is largest city in Alaska. 500,000 in its conurbation. This is what we found out while in Anchorage. Little known facts about Alaska · You can get a pilot’s licence at 14 ½ yrs · An earthquake measuring 9.2 hit in 1964. Devastation galore. · Hunting season begins the Tuesday after labour day. That is known as “boys off sick today” day as they are all off hunting with their dads. · ½ all light planes in the US are in Alaska. · If you own a plane outright you don’t need to insure it. · Most Alaskan planes are more than 30 years old. New planes need to conform to new safety standards. · Up to ... read more

North America » United States » Montana » Billings August 8th 2014

Geo: 45.0319, -110.705Weather: 90 in Billings, 80s into Livingston, 70s into Gardiner, MT Location: Billings to Gardiner Highlights: Boys go to movie and Biddy and I snuggle at hotel, Livingston, MT and FREAKIN Yellowstone! Lowlights: A little rain in Gardiner (ended up not bad) #of Swearwords: Cant remember People we met: Waitress in Livingston, MT who told us of the famous people who live there like Peter Fonda, Arnold S, Lois Lane lady, John Mayer who, by the way, played at the local outdoor concert in the park for free the night before. How great would that be. She also waited on Michael Keaton. Activities: Movie, Snuggles, Mammoth Hotel: Cowboy Cabins (awesome!) Helpful hint: Definitely drive through Livingston (neat town and nice people) Stay in Gardiner because its small and quaint but has modern necessities right ... read more
Marshmallow roast at Hu Hot
Driving into the mountains
Beanery restaurant

North America » United States » Montana » Billings October 26th 2013

Geo: 45.7836, -108.505The weather held beautiful for our visit with the grand kids and was absolutely perfect for our walk along Rock Creek with John and Kari, but with snow forecasted for that night we headed back to Billings thinking we'd be safe. Wrong. We woke to a couple inches of the nasty stuff and it trailed us doggedly all the way through Wyoming till we got to Denver, where we finally found the sun again. ... read more

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