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North America » United States » Montana » Kalispell July 25th 2017

Mileage 303.9 Today started out as usual, breakfast, pack the car and get on the road, except today was driving. I surely didn’t come close to my step goal today and I’ve been doubling it recently. We checked the fire map yesterday and it didn’t look good, but today it looked ok. We headed out and knew we would not be near civilization much till we got to Kalispell. At the turn off, we decided to get gas. Well, we see farm equipment at the pumps, then we pass a gas station with a silo as the main office. Ok, things you only see out west. We are now trying to do the state capitals whenever we are in a state, so we didn’t go thru Butte, but instead took the road into Helena. We got ... read more
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North America » United States » Montana July 22nd 2017

We were sad to say goodbye to Yellowstone. It is a such a big park with so much to see and so many hikes to do. Our plan was to try to get up early to head up to Lamar Valley near the northeast entrance of Yellowstone to be able to see more of the wildlife. We were told this is where we would be able to see some wolves. Yellowstone has what they call their "Big 5"- the grizzly bear, bison, elk, moose, and gray wolf (some lists have bighorn sheep or eagles). So far, we had only seen 3 of these, in addition to antelope. So we got up early and headed north. We stopped briefly in Mammoth for gas and coffee, and there were elk all over the lawns. There were 2 adorable ... read more
Coyote between bison
Chief Joseph Highway
Chief Joseph Highway


First things first, yes I am combining 2 days into one! I've been writing each blog the following day, but I'm finding it hard to keep track as there is so much to take in. I was surprised to figure out that it was just yesterday that we left Twin Falls, it feels like that was several days ago. So in part for the sake of writing while the recollections are fresh, and in part because the drive across Idaho was a little blah (no offense Idahoans, you grow some fantastic potatoes), you are getting 2 days combined into one. My intention will be to write up each day in the evening from now on. Ok so the drive from Twin Falls was uneventful. Impressed by the 80mph speed limits on the interstate, California should take ... read more
Geysers
Yellowstone Canyon
Animal Sanctuary

North America » United States » Montana » Hardin July 10th 2017

On the road again after some rest and a long wait getting our main slide out repaired, what a learning experience. I hope that any future repairs that “will” come up are not as big of a hassle. Heading south from Spokane on the I-90 freeway over the rolling plains and grasslands, we arrived in the Columbia River Gorge at Pasco Washington. We elected to continue through town, however if you are not in a hurry there is a beautiful scenic route via Burbank, Wallula to Umatilla Oregon. We headed west on I-84 taking in the scenic vistas of the giant gorge carved out a millennium ago when the Ice dam between the Missoula and the Columbia lakes that were formed during the ice age. When the ice dam gave way, the Missoula drained into the ... read more
Diamond Lake Campground
Glade at Diamond Lake
Crater Lake sign post

North America » United States » Montana » Laurel July 4th 2017

Geo: 45.6692, -108.771... read more
Little Big Horn
Prærien
Cody

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. https://youtu.be/vnRZKEdkKFw Later, we boarded the Mothership and rode to breakfast at the Muzzle Loader Café. Meh. Then it was off ... read more
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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


After Yellowstone we headed north through Montana. A one night stop over in Helena Montana then a stop at Glacier National Park (Montana). This US national park is close to the Canadian boarder. The main attraction is a drive on the "Follow the Sun Road" which takes you through mountain passes and glacier views to the Pacific side the Rocky Mountains. Unfortunately, when we arrived they were still clearing snow through the mountain road (it is closed during the winter). We could only travel about 20% of the route. The drive was beautiful. We stayed one night at the KOA outside the park and headed to the Canadian border early the next morning. See photos of border crossing.... read more
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park (Montana)

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!




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