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take the pickup instead
Ride over the mountains (adventure baby!!)
Ride, but go around the mountains
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« on: October 02, 2007, 11:10:55 am »

I'm going to Cody, WY for the weekend. Leaving Rapid CIty around noon on friday and coming back on monday. The weather calls for clear and 60's on monday, but Fri. is calling for high of 50 and 50% chance of rain/snow. That is going to mean a cool/wet 400 miles, plus going over the bighorns could very well see me riding in some freezing rain or snow? My other option is to go around the bighorns (not that much farther). So what would you do?
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« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2007, 11:17:35 am »

electric vest and long undies bro
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« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2007, 11:53:20 am »


electric vest and long undies bro


I didn't get an electric vest until a few years ago. I can't believe I rode all those years without one!!!
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« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2007, 12:38:38 pm »


electric vest and long undies bro


...won't work if you've wadded your bike due to snow/ice on the road in the middle of the Big Horns.

BH, when is decision time? Can you put it off 'til departure time, and check to see if the weather improves?
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« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2007, 12:52:49 pm »




...won't work if you've wadded your bike due to snow/ice on the road in the middle of the Big Horns.

BH, when is decision time? Can you put it off 'til departure time, and check to see if the weather improves?


Yes, I can decide at noon on friday, Just thought some opinions from here would be "interesting"
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« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2007, 01:35:31 pm »

If you don't mind riding your bike in snow (road salt) Headscratch do it....otherwise I'd adopt a wait & see attitude....
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« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2007, 10:23:33 am »

[email protected]#k snow!  Take the bike, but stay away from the snow!
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« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2007, 10:52:34 am »

put the bike in the pickup...........
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« Reply #8 on: October 04, 2007, 04:17:51 pm »

Freezing rain in the mountains? Forget it... i've driven in black ice conditions when i didn't have any other choice, or was too dumb/unhinged to care, but i'd need a pretty damn compelling reason to do it again...  Thumbsdown
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« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2007, 09:25:04 am »

National Weather service forecast for Bighorn mts. fri 10/5 0459mdt
Today: Scattered rain and snow showers before noon, then a chance of rain showers. Some thunder is also possible. Increasing clouds, with a high near 45. Windy, with a southwest wind 31 to 34 mph decreasing to between 16 and 19 mph. Winds could gust as high as 48 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.


Looks like going around is the better idea, there is such a thing as prudence, despite the prevailing attitudes sometimes shown here.
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« Reply #10 on: October 05, 2007, 08:16:58 pm »

Well,  made it to Cody. When I left Rapid it was cloudy and 51. 10 miles later it was sunny and 60! To make some time I took I-90 tpo Buffalo. It was still sunny and the clouds over the mountains looked fairly tame. It stayed sunny about half way across, then it rained for the last 20 miles into tensleep. But it was in the 50's. After that the sun came out again and it was a perfect ride!! Now, If I can have similar luck on the way home Mon. it will be the perfect weekend!!
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« Reply #11 on: October 09, 2007, 10:42:32 am »





Looks like going around is the better idea, there is such a thing as prudence, despite the prevailing attitudes sometimes shown here.


You are correct, to bad I don't have any of this "prudence" stuff....

You wouldn't believe the ride home!! It was sunny and 50+ in Cody at 9a.m. yesterday when I was ready to leave. The sun was shining and not a cloud in the sky. As I headed East (pushed by a 40mph W. wind) it was great riding weather. I knew the big horns had snow, but assumed the roads would quickly clear with this weather. When I got to Greybull it was beautifull and it looked completely clear over the mountains. AS I headed up Schell canyon the roads were fine and the scenery was great! The higher I got the cooler it became and soon it was near 30. I noticed that although the roads were dry in the sun they were still wet in the shade. Soon this wetness turned to Ice!! Fortuntaley it had been sanded, so it was passable. I would ride like mad on the dry stuff (up to 85mph) then get on the brakes before each shadow, slowing to 35-40mph. Then pulling in the clutch, aiming for a smooth looking tire track and trying not to shift my wieght at all. After a while it seemed to become almost easy? On the way down into Sheridan the Ice spots were much longer and although well sanded required more of a coasting approach with speeds under 20mph. I managed to keep it upright, and soon I was low enough that the ice disappeared. I was a bit nervous, but by the time the ice was gone the sense of accomplishment was amazing!! the best part was when I passed a car that had gone in the ditch!! Although I don't think I'll try it again anytime soon!!
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