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US 191 Day 06-Ride to Fort Peck

Big Timber – Lewistown – Canadian Border – Fort Peck

The ride was 431 miles with about 7.5 hours of ride time.

Tuesday July 23, 2013

 


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We got up and started packing around 6:00, we were ready to get a start on the day that was going to take us the the Canadian border.

 

After riding back into Big Timber we started north on US  191. My expectation was for lots of empty flat countryside. Boy was I wrong. The views were not as spectacular as the last few days, but much better than I’m used to seeing. In Harlowton we stopped at a local store for some supplies. We asked the clerk the best place in town to eat and she sent us to a place on the edge of town, it was closed. This was the second time on this trip we had been recommended a restaurant that was out of business.

 

We stopped at the McDonalds in Lewistown for breakfast. I bought a one gallon gas can to make sure my thirsty bike would make the next town. It was 135 mile leg without a town or gas station and I wanted to make sure I didn’t run out of gas.

 

About 49 miles out of Lewistown we saw a sign that told motorcycles to seek an alternate route because of road repair. We talked briefly about what to do and then pressed on US 191. In New Mexico they will detour you to muddy rutted roads for miles without warning. My imagination went wild with how bad it was going to be if they wanted us to reroute. When we finally got to the area with the road work, it was 30 feet of hard gravel. I felt relieved and a little cheated.

 

In Malta we gased up and talked with some other riders headed for Glacier National Park. We only had 60 more miles to go, I felt excited and ready to get riding on this last leg.

 

When we reached the border Chuck crossed into Canada and on his way back asked if we could go to the border for pictures. We weren’t going to cross into Canada because my daughter doesn’t have a passport. The crossing guard allowed us to ride to the middle of no mans land for some pictures.

 

On the sixty miles back to Malta I couldn’t stop smiling. We did it, we rode from one border to the other just using US 191.

When we got to our next camp we broke out some apple cider and had a toast to our cross country ride.

After setting up our camp we went to Park Grove for dinner. It was a small bar and the only place for miles. The food was passable and the service was great.

The food was so cheap at this place Chuck got two plates of food for his dinner. After our meal  we rode to the nearest fuel ( 9 miles north) , so we could fill up for the next day ride. It was going to be 135 miles before we found a gas station in the direction we were headed.

After gassing up, we came back to camp, showered and got into the tents to avoid the bugs.

This was a great day, we did what I’m guessing few people have done. We crossed the United States using only US 191. This highway passes through deserts, forests, plains and more cities than I can remember. US 191 took us over several mountain passes and past many lakes both large and small. Most of US 191 passes through remote empty country and when you find a town, it’s usually very small.

 

US 191 Day 03-Ride to Green River UT

Eagar – Blanding – Monticello – Moab – Dead Horse Point – Green River

 

The ride was 411 miles with about 7 hours of ride time.

Saturday July  20, 2013


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We were up and on the road by 7:00 after a quick breakfast at McDonald’s. We were again blessed with an overcast sky. The first few hours were cold and enjoyable to ride.

 

We stopped for gas in Ganado and one of the locals wanted to know all about our trip and wished us luck.

 

After a few more hours  of riding past a  majestic landscape filled with large rock formations jutting up out the earth we hit the Utah border.

The mile marker again changed to zero and continued our journey on US 191.

 

We made a quick stop for me to grab a gallon of gas in Many Farms. Two not quite sober locals first asked for money then for a ride. I understood the request for money, but asking for a ride must have just come from habit.

 

In Moab I filled up for our last leg of the day. My brake lights and turn signal had stopped working, after a few minutes we got them working again.

 

The heat was starting to become a factor getting well over 100. We hit a small pocket of rain and it felt wonderful. The view at Dead Horse Point was amazing, it’s easy to understand why we saw several buses full of tourist heading to this remote location.

 

As we were leaving Dead Horse a couple from Belgium stopped us and asked about trip and where were heading. They each climbed on our bike and got a picture.

As we neared our Green River our stopping place for the day, the last 20 miles seemed to take longer to ride than first 150 of the morning. It was so hot that’s Chuck’s LCD on his bike turned black and quit reporting the temperature.

 

After check in we went to Ray’s Tavern for dinner, we were told it was the place to eat in town. It was very crowded. The menu was simple – hamburger or steak, fries or coleslaw. My burger was good and after dinner we split some apple pie.

 

With the sun going down we set up our camp, there was no WIFI, so we couldn’t post the reports. We walked over to an Internet Cafe and it didn’t work there either.

 

US 191 Day 04-Ride to Victor ID

Green River – Vernal – Flaming Gorge – Rock Springs – Pinedale – Jackson – Victor

The ride was 485 miles with about 8.5 hours of ride time.

Sunday July 21, 2013

 


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We packed up and were on the road before 7:00. I Was glad to put the RV park in Green River behind us.

We rode about an hour to Price and stopped at McDonald’s for a cheap breakfast. Then it was back on the road. Just outside of Price US 191 split from the main highway and took us back into the mountains.

After a couple hours US 191 brought us back to civilization, we were riding through farming country.

After a quick stop in Vernal it was back into the mountains with a long climb, then back down to Flaming Gorge. The lake and damn were a surprise to us and well worth seeing.

In Rock Springs Chuck’s credit card was blocked, his card company turned off his card because of the small gas charges. After getting that worked out we were back on the road.

The next 100 miles we rode into a fierce head wind dropping my MPG down to 23.

Then we started see antelope and deer and soon came to Hobart river. We rode next to this beautiful river all the way to Jackson.

Our camping spot was 20 miles west in Victor. We had to go up and over a pass to get down into Victor. We did laundry and took showers and went to dinner at the Wildlife Brew Pub. We didn’t get there till after 9:00 and sat outside, it was dark by the time our food arrived. Chuck left his phone in the laundry room and had to ride back and get it. He made it back before dinner.

It was a very long day, we didn’t get back to our tents till after 11:00.