Townsend - for gas station lunch.August 6, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C
Just passing thru. Needed a break after an 80mph speed limit, the fastest we've had yet.
Just passing thru. Needed a break after an 80mph speed limit, the fastest we've had yet.
Early Settlers had it tough getting over here. Absolutely gets buried in snow in the winter. Needed another stop for you know what 😢
Today we drove from Great Falls to Big Sky. We took a scenic road instead of the highway. It was a bit longer but it was worth it. Our first target was Bozeman to visit the museum of the Rockies with a lot of Dinos and a T-Rex which was great to see.
After that we drove to Big Sky and have a Ranch Lodge which is somewhere in the Nowhere but beautiful. For Dinner we had ribs and even after only 5 days we would love to eat not that fat.
Tomorrow we gonna visit the Yellowstone.
Heute sind wir von Great Falls nach Big Sky gefahren. Wir haben eine etwas längere Strecke genommen, die aber umso schoener war.
Unser erstes Ziel war Bozeman wo wir das Museum of the Rockies besucht haben. Hauptsächlich sind wir wegen einem echten T-Rex hingefahren was wirklich beeindruckend war. Danach sind wir zu unserer Ranch Lodge gefahren die irgendwo im Nirgendwo liegt aber wunderschön ist. Morgen fahren wir in den Yellowstone.Read more
Water stop - out not in! 🤣 🤣
After a great breakfast at granny's, we left Cody behind, driving north along the Chief Joseph Highway. This is an amazing road with awesome scenery and telling history. It was here that the Nez Perze were pursued by the US army with orders to take no prisoners. This was 12 months after Custer and hundreds of US cavalry soldiers were killed at Little Big Horn.
The Indians were being closed in on but they threw in some clever diversionary tactics and escaped. We stopped at an overlook today called dead Indian pass. The battle that raged here in and around 1877 was bloody and vicious.
We continued on and detoured to Silvergate a small town that we stayed in 4 years ago it is a beautiful place on the beginning of the Beartooth Highway. From here we followed the Beartooth out of Wyoming and into Montana, again with spectacular scenery, snow and green rolling hills and the ever present Beartooth Mountain nearby. We stopped at the scene of my wrong side of the road fopar of 4 years ago. I got it right this time. Some snowballs were thrown, our country name carved in the snow wall and plenty of laughs at Carl trying not to sink in thee snow with thongs on. The Beartooth is a great road to ride and driving a car just di not do it justice. That said it was worth it just the same.
We reached the town of Redlodge at lunchtime had a bite to eat and planned the afternoon drive. To ease the drive tomorrow we pushed on via Roscoe, Columbus and Springdale before turning right and heading for Sulphur Springs. We decided that we would just happen upon a small lodging at one of the small towns, and that was what happened. After a couple of towns with nothing we drove into Willsall and feeling satisfied with todays effort we have stopped at Fort Willsall Motel Willsall is a a 2 horse town with a motel designed as a fort, complete with log cabins.
Its going to be a very peaceful night.Read more
Well Browning was a strange place, it had all the hall marks of a town that had been forgotten and yet it is a gateway to one of the most scenic and popular National Parks. Fireworks going off all night, police sirens, hoards of mangy dogs wandering the streets and dilapidated houses and buildings.
The Blackfeet are trying to make a go of it but like many native American populations they seem cut off from the mainstream.
We got going after an inhouse included breakfast, heading North on Hwy 89 and into the Glacier National Park, “Going to the Sun Road”. Only several miles out of Browning we had to stop for roadworks. The stop/go guy was taking off his jumper down to a T Shirt with the outside temp at 8 degrees Celsius. As we pulled up he saw our flag and came over and said howdy. Jeremy Jones Horn, stood and talked to us about his life and ours his heritage his family and everything in between for the 15 minutes before the pilot vehicle guided us through the road works. The roadworks were the most confused and messy construction site we have seen, but it’s obviously creating employment for a lot of people.
The run into the park was brilliant, the roads demand to be ridden on a bike with sweeping well cambered corners and awesome scenery. Soon enough we arrived at the park gates, showed our magic park pass and entered our 7th National Park. Our first stop was the visitors centre, it was now down to about 6 degrees and windy. The visitors centre again was informative and we gained a great insight into what to look at.
It did not take long to see what all the fuss was about, this was another park that was just amazing with spectacular views and geology. Extinct glaciers are all through the park with waterfalls around every corner. There was still plentiful snow at the top of Logan’s Pass, where we stopped for a walk in the snow and to buy a souvenir or two. I think we were all grateful for the light weight layers of Kathmandu and Mountain Design clothing that we have procured over the last trip and this trip.
Now we were in the thick of Bear country and whilst we did not see any today we are on high alert as we walked through narrow paths bordered by thick under brush. I nearly climbed a tree when Carl having walked ahead jumped out from behind a tree. It was the closest thing we saw to a grizzly today, but the b.s…d scared ten years off my life.
From the park we descended quickly and followed the Flathead River through to West Glacier where we stopped for lunch, warmed up and prepared for the end of day drive.
During the afternoon we continued through spectacular country, past and over fast running rivers and massive lakes. Classic Montana style log cabins and old barns dotted the landscape. Montana has it all from vast open plains as described yesterday to mountain and glacier country. The people we have met are so friendly.
We have finally made our way into Bonners Ferry in Idaho, 23 miles from the Canadian border, Carl and I have the domestic duties (laundry) under control. Its wet and cold outside and we are looking forward to a nice dinner tonight.Read more
Dinner Last night was at the Bank Bar, an old bank complete with vault now operating as a bar and restaurant. Whilst it sounds flash Wilsall only has a population of 200 or so but it is a friendly place and we can thoroughly recommend the motel known as Fort Wilsall Motel run by Dick and May. As predicted our little log cabins were very quiet so it was a restful night.
We pushed on this morning to Sulphur Springs and stopped at Dori’s for breakfast, she was a hoot and loves getting Australians through. She armed us with some local knowledge and off we went heading for Great falls on the Missouri River. We can see why they call Montana big Sky country, it is open with sweeping plains and rolling hills, blue skies and fields full of premium feed for the beef cattle raised here.
The falls in Great Falls were spectacular and even though the river here was dammed in 1915 the old falls still remain below the dam wall. As the river was in flood the dam was spilling. Whilst there we met a group of kids on summer camp. They were very impressed to meet some Australians and they warned us of a Water Moccasin nearby.
The country we passed through again today has a savage past, but it seems to have been dominated by the Black Feet Nation of American Indians. Tonight we are in Browning Montana the Blackfeet reservation centre and gateway to Glacier National Park.
The weather is still holding but that may change tomorrow but glacier and thee road to the sun promises to be a great day.Read more
Absolutely spotless! The nicest people, $22 for 2 to camp here the night & check out the camp-site! Back in Montana, early start tomorrow but still on the lookout for deer on the roads. Open ranch properties with cattle also on the roads! Loud pipes save lives 😎 we hope. Thank you Jesus!
Morgens sind wir irgendwo in der Pampa fast stecken geblieben, da wir einem Weg gefolgt sind der nur für Reiter, Motorräder und Baggies freigegeben war... danke google maps.
Unser Alf ist taffer als wir dachten, hat jetzt zwar ein paar Kratzer mehr, aber er hat es ohne fremde Hilfe geschafft.😄
Zurück auf der normalen Straße, steuern wir eine Höhle im Lewes & Clark State Park an.
Fledermäuse, Tropfsteinhöhle und eine kleine Rutschpartie durch schmale Höhlengänge hatten wir bis jetzt noch gar nicht gehabt... echt klasse!😊Read more
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