Day 12

22 Aug

We spent some time this morning snooping in all the quirky stores in Red Lodge. Watching all the bikers go by, even some ADV riders in Aerostich suits, makes me envious. I miss my Vstrom!
Sammy is in the driver’s seat this morning for Beartooth Pass and all she needs to do is stay on the road, stop everywhere it’s safe so we can get out, watch out for cars and wildlife and if possible catch an occasional glimpse at the scenery. Seems simple enough eh?

Beartooth above the treeline

Beartooth above the treeline

 

 

I think that Garmin ( Nuvi 3597LM) our navigational wizard is enjoying this ride.

Follow the highlighted route

Follow the highlighted route

I’m hanging out the window or sunroof to get pictures.

Beartooth rain and mist

Beartooth rain and mist

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Get Lost in Montana

Get Lost in Montana

approximately 10,000ft

approximately 10,000ft

 

At the pass it was only 3 degrees C and misty rain mixed with a bit of sleet. Rarely was it completely misty, this is one of few obscured locations. Fortunately for us both Sam is a good driver.

When it occasionally cleared the brightness and mist made for some very interesting photography.
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Two years ago I rode my Vstrom both directions on the pass. Today was equally awesome. I’ve never been anyplace like it. It’s incredible that I’m here again. What an adventure to share with my sweetie.

Beartooth hwy

Beartooth hwy

We had an amazing morning on the Beartooth highway

Montana and Wyoming

Montana and Wyoming

and by the end of the day after driving the great loop road in Yellowstone Park, must have hundreds of pictures.

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close encounters with the wild kind

close encounters with the wild kind

No surprise that I have also added more rocks to my collection. In between the pass and the park we lunched in Cooke City MT where I found a rock shop “Cooke City Rocks” where I chatted with rockhound Mike and his wife who run the place. Sammy was equally thrilled to find some earrings in her chorus colours of black, red and grey from a roadside vendor in a tent.
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Although pressed for time we found our way to the Norris Geyser Basin and the Mammoth Hot Springs.

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We saw a bear cub run across the road in front of us, lots of elk, deer and many buffalo up very close. We are now both experienced at taking pictures out of the sunroof. The cold and wet didn’t really bother us.

We’ve ended up staying in a motel in Gardiner MT at the north exit of Yellowstone. Our motel has a balcony right over the Yellowstone River. Tonight for our anniversary we had steak and elk at the Raven Grill. I believe that my elk burger was the best burger that I have ever had, Sammy’s steak was equally delicious. Montana certainly is the land of great steaks. We’ve not seen any vegetarian cowboys, nor have we seen anyone with dirty boots, spurs and a hat who is overweight.

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