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    Rally Routes

    To the riders who are asking about routes to the Spokane rally, I would be very disappointed if any of you choose to ride the interstate slab! If you are coming from the east or south east you need to go through Cody Wyoming, Chief Joseph highway and the bear tooth pass and Yellowstone park all in the Northwest corner of Wyoming ( South west corner of Montana). Next Central Idaho, Ketchum/Sun Valley north to Stanley, Salmon, North to Lolo pass west into the panhandle of Idaho. North to Spokane. If you want to see some country, ride twisties and have a great vacation DO NOT RIDE THE INTERSTATE. We have the best riding in the states in this area. Welcome and be safe.

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    I can cast a vote for Yellowstone, Chief Joseph, Beartooth Pass and the surrounding roads as being some of the best I've ever ridden. Specatularly beautiful and challenging roads make you decide whether you want to look or ride. We spent a lot of time looking between thrilling rides.
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    I would add to that, a note about the last 100 miles of I-90 in MT and from MT through the panhandle of Idaho: If you're short for time or riding two-up on a fully loaded LT and your passenger has had enough twisties, then don't overlook riding this particular stretch of the superslab - it literally is SUPER! It is mountainous, along the rivers and over the summits, divided two-lane with highspeed sweepers, and corners where you run the risk of running off the road and down into a ravine if you aren't paying attention.

    There are no bad options in this area. I-90 is pretty nice cruising from the junction with I-15 and it doesn't get boring again until you're practically at the fairgrounds exit. (No offense to the rest of WA - it's pretty at the Cascades, too.)

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    Question Yellowstone, etc

    As mentioned before, you miss a lot of the real beauty of this country plus you forfeit some of the true riding pleasure by traveling by way of the super-slab. However, if you have come too far and you're dead tired and can't wait for Spokane to come into view then maybe the highway is your best bet. One thing about the super-slab is certain .......... it saves time.

    Question: For those of us traveling from the East and wanting to check out the parks and the backroads with their twists and turns and yet want to live out of a tent, are there plenty of campgrouds along the way after you pass through Yellowstone? The Rand McNally map shows they are far and few between.

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    "Plenty of campgrounds?" Yes.

    Any space available? Maybe. Mid-July is high season and lots of folks go to BLM sites and live there all summer, only moving because they stayed the limit. Then they move to the next BLM site and live there. I've seen 'em have astroturf and container gardens at their camp sites.

    My recommendation is always to look ahead at least a day if not two, and call ahead to where you want to be, if you are wanting commercial/private/developed campgrounds. Otherwise, plan on stopping early in the day if you want State/Forest Service space, and anything on a lake will probably be full Thurs-Mon.

    In Glacier Park I've found the best thing is to cruise through the campground around 9:30 am and claim a space as someone is pulling out, set up, and then ride locally all day. Next morning, move out early. I pack along bright orange surveyor's flagging and tape off the parking spot for my site, to show it's occuppied; being on a bike means very little stuff is visible and the site looks available.

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    Thanks, Montana, for the good information on camping. I'll remember what you said about "checking-in" early in the day. I'll also be sure to get the latest, updated map when I cross the state border.

    My main concern with camping facilities is finding a place to pitch my tent at night during my trip from Indiana to Spokane. Past experience tells me it is hard to determine where I'll be from one day to the next while sight-seeing since the terrain is often new and unchartered plus the hours can slip away. If I alter my route to make my first-ever trip through Yellowstone Park it is hard to estimate how many hours will pass while I gawk and snap pictures. Also, there's the unexpected July rains which can slow down [or stop] the rider's progress and make it challenging to figure ahead.

    Maybe it's time to open the wallet and be prepared to find a motel room from time to time. Hard to do for an aging "mizer." What do you think?

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    When we went to Yellowstone, we camped out side the west gate (if memory serves) at the KOA. We had a full day to ride around the park and gawk without having to worry about where we were staying. Forget about camping in the park unless you make reservations right now.
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    Thanks for the tip, Dave. I'll remember that.

    Happy trails.

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    Oh yeah, there's a corner of the park (southeast?) that has all the geysers, paintpots, pools and the like. It also has the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, which is well worth the hike down to see. I should try and find some of my pictures and scan them.

    That corner also seems to have all the traffic, so get your "I'm riding in traffic" Mojo working before you head out. Despite the traffic and the bearjams, it's still a fabulous place to visit.
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    Allow me, please...

    Bear jams and buffalo jams and elk jams. Sounds like lunch.

    This is Yellowstone:


    So is this:

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    Awsome pictures, Montana! Looks like someone could easily lose themselves in the beauty and magnitude of the park for more than just a couple of hours. I'm truly looking forward to the ride and the scenery.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Thumbs up Black Hills of South Dakota

    Hey don't forget about the Black Hills BMW Buffalo Roast ( www.blackhillsbmw.com ) as we are going to be putting on one heck of a rally. The city of Spearfish is closing down main street Friday evening for a Bug-N-SPLAT (show and shine if u must) with an open container during the welcome ceremony. Saturday: morning there is a scheduled poker run with fabulous prizes to be given away. That evening there will be a prize ceremony and WILD WEST BUFFALO FEED, not to mention a LIVE band. Don't miss out on the best SD has to offer. How many places can you go to see what we all have to offer...Mt Rushmore and Crazy Horse monuments, ride three canyons, see water falls, explore some of the biggest caves in the world..ex Jewel and Wind Cave, see historic town such as Deadwood(recently shown on HBO), Hill City, legendary Stugis...and get to experience a real life wild west buffalo feed. Don't miss out on this one! You can check us out at www.blackhillsbmw.com . Hope to see you all there!
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    Pics of Black Hills BMW Rally Roads

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    FWIW,
    I rode some of those roads this last fall. I'm itching to get back there as soon as I can. A bunch o' pics and such can be found here...

    Enough: a beartooth, some breasts, and a boob



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    Pic

    were was that pic? Was that in the Black Hills of SD?
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