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« on: November 29, 2014, 08:27:36 pm »

I'm sure many of you have taken the ride from Yellowstone to Glacier Nat'l Park. Any suggestions on routes and time needed?
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« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2014, 01:00:16 am »

Do not miss Beartooth Pass. Going to the sun road in Glacier opens late some years so make sure its gloing to be open when you visit.

Yellowstone itself might be disappointing on a motorcycling point of view.

Did I mention do not miss Beartooth Pass?
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« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2014, 06:25:56 am »

Yellowstone disappointing?  I think not!  Was there last spring on the bike and it is fantastic. I got there just as the  lake was starting to melt.( Memorial day). Crowds were  big but that is also part of the fun. Lots of different people.  Yes, Beartooth Pass is something not to miss. Unfortunately, I didn't get to Glacier... that is my next trip.  Wink
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« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2014, 08:12:32 am »

Glacier to Yellowstone could be done in one (boring) day. However, I'd take a couple of side roads:

http://goo.gl/maps/TPVNy

(sorry, the embed feature isn't working)

I recommend Rt 78 into Red Lodge, and the ride from Cody into the park is beautiful.
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« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2014, 09:17:53 am »


Glacier to Yellowstone could be done in one (boring) day. However, I'd take a couple of side roads:

http://goo.gl/maps/TPVNy

(sorry, the embed feature isn't working)

I recommend Rt 78 into Red Lodge, and the ride from Cody into the park is beautiful.


Why do you say the ride to or from Glacier park is boring? I was told it is an incredible ride?
I have rode all WY, just didn't have time to make it up to Glacier Nat'l park.
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« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2014, 09:39:04 am »

Highly recommended.

GTS road:

http://www.vfrdiscussion.com/forum/uploads/gallery/album_345/gallery_554_345_560785.jpg

Beartooth:

http://www.vfrdiscussion.com/forum/uploads/gallery/album_5298/gallery_554_5298_523431.jpg
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« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2014, 12:53:00 pm »


Glacier to Yellowstone could be done in one (boring) day. However, I'd take a couple of side roads:

http://goo.gl/maps/TPVNy

(sorry, the embed feature isn't working)

I recommend Rt 78 into Red Lodge, and the ride from Cody into the park is beautiful.


Emphasis on "could", as in "you could just straightline it down the quickest roads for the shortest time". But I was trying to point out some of the more interesting side roads that are available  Cool

Glacier NP


Beartooth Pass


Rt 78


Chief Joseph Pass
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« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2014, 01:15:53 pm »


Yellowstone disappointing?  I think not!  Crowds were  big but that is also part of the fun. Lots of different people.   Wink


Well have to agree to disagree.

If riding thru the crowds is your idea of fun then that might be the reason for our different take on the park. I remember riding at 30mph behind RVs and SUVs, people hitting the brakes everytime they see something that doesn't grow or roam in their backyards at home.

That being said I would like say that, in  my opinion, the park is still worth checking out but is not a motorcycling experience that I seek in my travels.

Here's a day report from my ride in june 2014.

http://advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=24648832&postcount=2

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« Reply #8 on: December 11, 2014, 03:08:51 pm »

I'd have to agree with DD that running between Glacier and Yellowstone can be exciting. Also, she's got a great picutre of Cheif Joseph Highway and that is a road NOT to be missed. Knightwing and my dad and I flew across Cheif Joseph Highway a few years ago and it was one of the best roads we hit on our trip. We hit it going from Yellowstone east towards Cody, and you'll be rewarded with that view after riding down the switchbacks on one side of the valley and then back up the other side. Then after that you get to ride down the other side so it makes for GREAT riding. You won't regret it! I liked it more than Beartooth since that pass is well known and tends to be full of traffic.
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« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2014, 02:05:42 pm »


Re: Glacier Nat'l Park
I rode Beartooth and Cheif Joseph on my way into Yellowstone and spent several nights in the park on the North side at Roosevelt Cabins.  From there, it was an easy day ride up to Glacier. I took hwy 89 all the way from Yellowstone through the Lewis and Clark forest and Great Falls and on to the eastern boundry of Glacier Park. We stayed in Glacier at two dog flats for 4 nights, hiked and mostly used the free busses to get around. Of course, the ride over GTS was mandatory the first day!
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« Reply #10 on: December 13, 2014, 10:31:59 am »

I did Glacier in '10 and really enjoyed it. In September, I did Mt. Rainier and thought it was a way better ride then Glacier. Better views, roads, etc.  Just a thought.
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« Reply #11 on: December 15, 2014, 09:55:45 am »


I did Glacier in '10 and really enjoyed it. In September, I did Mt. Rainier and thought it was a way better ride then Glacier. Better views, roads, etc.  Just a thought.


I've got to agree with you on this one. I love Glacier but Mt Ranier National Park is amazing, the roads, the views, just wow.
I do think it's very important when riding thru the National Parks to get your head wrapped around the Ideal that you are riding in a Park. It's not meant to be a race track,  it is a Park for the enjoyment of all. Sometimes you hit the roads at just the right time and you can have a ball and enjoy the roads as you like , other times you just have to accept the situation kick back and enjoy what your seeing.

I'm a big fan of camping in the park, I get to pick the times I want to ride when there is less traffic and the roads a clear. You can ask the rangers they will give you some advise about the best travel times and the spots to avoid. Have a great trip, enjoy it all.
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« Reply #12 on: December 16, 2014, 09:59:06 am »

When I 'touring', even though I ride a disguised superbike ('12 MultiStrada), I ride to enjoy the views and country. I did camp in Rainier Nt Park 1 night and then headed south to Mt St Helens. Next year is Beartooth and Dead Indian and then possibly south to Colorado.
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« Reply #13 on: December 16, 2014, 12:13:55 pm »




Emphasis on "could", as in "you could just straightline it down the quickest roads for the shortest time". But I was trying to point out some of the more interesting side roads that are available  Cool

Glacier NP


Beartooth Pass


Rt 78


Chief Joseph Pass



That is some beautiful scenery.  EEK!  Inlove
We don't get such incredible visual stimulus here in the Midwest.  Sad
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« Reply #14 on: December 26, 2014, 12:51:14 pm »


Highly recommended.

Beartooth:

http://www.vfrdiscussion.com/forum/uploads/gallery/album_5298/gallery_554_5298_523431.jpg



You've got one of those pictures too?
Nice!

http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa254/Jponger/Ride%20pictures/D3A199C6-9D71-40ED-B3DF-20DF37893F9E_zpsjvmndjue.jpg
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« Reply #15 on: June 19, 2015, 02:25:51 pm »


Do not miss Beartooth Pass. Going to the sun road in Glacier opens late some years so make sure its gloing to be open when you visit.

Yellowstone itself might be disappointing on a motorcycling point of view.

Did I mention do not miss Beartooth Pass?


I live in Billings, and always enjoy riding the pass. I hope to do it this weekend. I was over the Bighorns last weekend.


My Beartooth pass pic. Taken the first week in June years ago, which also happened to be my first week on a sport bike. Kinda miss my old Kawi ZZR600, but the FJR that I have now is more suited to me in every way (except weight!).

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f397/walkerj_bil/RL2.jpg
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« Reply #16 on: June 19, 2015, 08:48:01 pm »

I don't think any route to Glacier could be bad.

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« Reply #17 on: June 20, 2015, 08:20:26 am »

Hwy 2 from the east all the way across northern Montana and NoDak has 3 curves in 1500 miles.  Lol Wink
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« Reply #18 on: June 20, 2015, 10:10:00 am »


Hwy 2 from the east all the way across northern Montana and NoDak has 3 curves in 1500 miles.  Lol Wink


I don't think people would expect curves crossing the northern prairie.  
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« Reply #19 on: July 15, 2015, 12:44:54 am »

Hey, I'm going next week.
Be in St Mary July 26.
I'm thinking about camping at St Mary KOA campgrounds.
Has anyone stayed there?
This KOA serves breakfast (fee) and has a Grill in the evening.
I'm in a tent for 4 days in the area.
Any recommendations?
I read that the east side of the Sun Road is under construction; any news would help.
I tried to get to Glacier the 3rd week of Sept 2010, but the Snow won and Beartooth Hwy was reduced to dirt in places.


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« Reply #20 on: July 15, 2015, 02:03:52 am »

This should help but one time I was up there the road was closed due to a landslide but it opened by one pm.  Make sure to get the best Huckleberry milkshake around at the Park Cafe just north of the east entrance.  To me, riding east to west is best so I ride around the park and come in thru East Glacier up to St Mary to cross.

http://home.nps.gov/applications/glac/roadstatus/roadstatus.cfm
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« Reply #21 on: July 15, 2015, 07:04:40 pm »

I'm looking for recent riders who have camped around Glacier Park.
I've been watching the NPS webcams to see if the Forest Fire Smoke is hazy and accuweather.com for extended weather report.
I don't want to camp in the rain if possible.
I'm going to camp 4 days, mostly on the East Side.
Many Glacier should never be bypassed.
I will ride the Sun Road from both directions.  I always see things I miss the first time.
Photos, Photos, Photos.
I read that Glacier's visitation is up 33% over last year and June was a record month.  Lower fuel prices help.

When I was in the Army I would stop anywhere and just cover up with a Poncho.
Having a tent and sleeping bag is a bonus.
I figure just camping 3-4 days pay for all my camping gear.  Staying in a motel is not cheap, especially in the Summer.
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« Reply #22 on: July 15, 2015, 07:14:36 pm »

Cool pics!  Was it 71/72?  How far was your round trip on those smokers?
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« Reply #23 on: July 16, 2015, 07:38:49 pm »

1971, I got drafted into Military Service.  After Boot Camp at Ft Leonardwood, Missouri, I was stationed at Ft Eustis, VA while attending US Army Transportation School-Helicopter Mechanic.  I bought the Bike used for $500 in April, my first motorcycle.  I wanted a new Suzuki 500cc Titan but it was $850.  I could not get a loan for the difference; no Credit Cards back then.  I rode all over the Eastern Area.  A Buddy and I rode to Washington DC on this tiny Bike for July 4th weekend.  I graduated in August and rode the 350 Suzuki back to my home in Kansas.  I strapped my Duffle and plotted my route on a map.  The fuel tank held 3 gallons.  The Bike's top speed was 75 mph.  I slept on the Bike in Charleston, WV; I slept on a picnic table at a rest area in KY; I spent 1 night in a motel at Cynthiana, IN; I slept at my Brother's place in Lawrence, KS and finally made it back to my Parents' Farm in central Kansas.  I left my Bike on the Farm and flew to DaNang, Vietnam and was stationed at Marble Mountain Army Airfield. 
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« Reply #24 on: July 16, 2015, 08:49:03 pm »

Me and you are probably pretty close in age. Man, the good old days!!!!!!

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« Reply #25 on: July 17, 2015, 03:44:34 pm »

Not enough police.  I had an Escort Radar detector in 1982 to combat the 55 mph speed limit.  Young guys today cannot imagine traveling at 55 mph on an Interstate.  Back then the police were thick.  I remember when 55 mph went into effect.  A fellow driver got a ticket for doing 58 mph!  No warning tickets back then.
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« Reply #26 on: October 31, 2015, 04:21:55 pm »


Hwy 2 from the east all the way across northern Montana and NoDak has 3 curves in 1500 miles.  Lol Wink


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