Motorcycle Trip August 14 – 17

Long distance motorcycle (or bicycle) riding in the West is the closest you can come in the year 2011 to experiencing what John Colter and the mountain men felt when they rode out into big sky country on a horse and contemplated the wilderness in all of its beauty and danger. Their only defense from starvation, thirst, and freezing to death was whatever they could provide for themselves. We have the luxury of paved roads and fuel, food and lodging at the end of each day, but for at least a little while we can imagine.

This was the route, starting in a Northerly direction out of Jackson Hole:

First Day:

Jackson to Buffalo via Moran Junction, Towgotee Pass, Dubois, Riverton, Shoshone, Thermopolis, Worland, Tensleep Canyon to Buffalo.

Second Day:

Buffalo to Sheridan for breakfast then to Ranchester, Highway 14A to Highway 14 over Big Horn Mountains to Cody, then North on State 120 to Chief Joseph Highway to U.S. 212, over Beartooth highway to Red Lodge, MT.

Third Day:

Back over Beartooth to Cooke City, MT – into Yellowstone at NE entrance, out of Yellowstone at North entrance to Gardner, MT – North to Livingston – Bozeman, South on 191 to Big Sky, MT.

Fourth Day:

Big Sky to West Yellowstone; South to Ashton, ID; SE to Tetonia, Driggs, Victor and back to Jackson.

Total miles: 1,050.

Comments: Totally awesome.

This is the Bike:

Others were on different bikes: a Harley Road King, a Harley Sportster, and BMW K1200RS.

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