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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