Sunday, August 11, 2013

Saturday and Sunday in Montana

We spent Friday night at the Super 8 in Butte, MT, and Saturday we went riding. John has a book about motorcycling in Montana, so we had a pretty good idea where we wanted to go.

We left Butte on I-90 and got off near the city of Anaconda. We rode MT-1 south to 569. We followed 569 down to 43 and took that east towards Wise River. We turned right onto The Pioneer Mountain Scenic Byway... an awesome road!! We took the byway to 278 and turned to the east. We followed 278 all the way to I-15 and took the frontage road to Dillon. We stopped for gas and a snack and then continued out of Dillon on 41. At Twin Bridges, we turned onto 287 towards Nevada City and Virginia City, two VERY touristy towns. We eventually turned onto 359 and followed that back up to I-90 and back to Butte. Except for a small down pour near the end, it was a very nice 282 mile loop! Dinner was at a Mexican restaurant across the street from the Super 8, Mexicana Fiesta!


Nevada City...


This morning, we packed and were on the road by 9:30. We headed for Anaconda again to get pictures of the only remaining part of a large copper smelting operation, the stack.


We rode all of MT-1 out to 271, another great road! We turned right onto 141 and followed that to US-12 and into Helena. From Helena, we took 229 up to 279. 279 was just as good as 271! We took a short break at Flesher Pass, along the Continental Divide. While we were there, an old man and his dog appeared out of the woods and shared a hand full of Huckleberrys with us. They were delicious! We rode through Lincoln and turned up 83 and stopped at a motel in Seeley Lake that offered Tent Cabins.

John stated that he likes the 45-55 MPH sweepers, while I'm partial to the downhill, 20-25 MPH tight curves!

Bob, the first pic's for you.


Google maps, check out Sundays ride between points "d" and "e" and "f" to "g"


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From one of my favorite motorcycle movies, "One Week".

"When you get those rare moments of clarity, those flashes when the universe makes sense, you try desperately to hold onto them. They are the lifeboats for the darker times, when the vastness of it all, the incomprehensible nature of life is completely elusive. So the question becomes or should have been all along, what would you do if you knew you only had one day, or one week, or one month to live. What lifeboat would you grab onto? What secret would you tell? What band would you see? What person would you declare your love to? What wish would you fulfill? What exotic locale would you fly to for coffee? What book would you write?" ------- Ben Tyler
He was a very cautious man
who never romped or played.
He never smoked, he never drank,
nor ever kissed a maid.

And when he up and passed away,
his insurance was denied...
For since he hadn't ever lived,
they claimed he never died!
Took a look down a westbound road,
Right away I made my choice
Headed out to my big two-wheeler,
I was tired of my own voice
Took a bead on the northern plains
And just rolled that power on

Twelve hours out of Mackinaw City
Stopped in a bar to have a brew
Met a girl and we had a few drinks
And I told her what I'd decided to do

She looked out the window a long long moment
Then she looked into my eyes
She didn't have to say a thing,
I knew what she was thinkin'

Roll, roll me away,
Won't you roll me away tonight
I too am lost, I feel double-crossed
And I'm sick of what's wrong and what's right

We never even said a word,
We just walked out and got on that bike
And we rolled And we rolled clean out of sight

We rolled across the high plains
Deep into the mountains
Felt so good to me
Finally feelin' free

Somewhere along a high road
The air began to turn cold
She said she missed her home
I headed on alone

Stood alone on a mountain top,
Starin' out at the great divide
I could go east, I could go west,
It was all up to me to decide

Just then I saw a young hawk flyin'
And my soul began to rise
And pretty soon
My heart was singin'

Roll, roll me away,
I'm gonna roll me away tonight
Gotta keep rollin, gotta keep ridin',
Keep searchin' till I find what's right

And as the sunset faded
I spoke to the faintest first starlight
And I said next time,
Next time we'll get it right.


Bob Seger.

“Judge nothing, you will be happy. Forgive everything, you will be happier. Love everything, you will be happiest.” ~Sri Chinmoy

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