Day 14 of My 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Billings to Spearfish 332 miles)

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Today is day 14 of my 5000+ mile, 17 day motorcycle ride…  Larry T., Larry A. and myself have been riding together for 13 days seeing some of the most scenic parts of the western US. We met up in Canyon, Texas, then rode US-60 to Payton, Arizona. On day 5 we turned onto US-89 just north of Prescott, AZ and followed it all the way to Great Falls, Montana, visiting the Grand Canyon National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Salt Lake City, Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. From Great Falls we back tracked a bit to Yellowstone National Park before heading east via US-212 thru Beartooth Pass and on to Billings, MT.

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Riding down I-90/US-212 from Billings , Montana

It was nice being back to Billings. Two years ago we were here on our “National Park Motorcycle Ride”. We stayed at the same motel, kicked back and caught our breath from our long day’s ride the previous day

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Riding US-212 near Little Bighorn Battlefield

This morning is another beautiful riding day with the temperature in the low 60’s. The sky was clear with a few thin high clouds. This is a bit warm for June, but not bad… It did get pretty warm (unseasonably warm) as the day progressed, but that has been the norm for this ride.

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Cattle on US-212 East of Little Bighorn

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Riding US-212 west of Broadus, MT

Today we are continuing riding down US-212. US-212 follows I-90 for 59 miles where it then heads eastward. The scenery has been rolling, grass-covered hills with herds of cattle seen from time to time. Some of the hills were more rugged and sparsely wooded. Beautiful farm and ranch land with views of good water and windmills. Things are few and far-between out this way and the temperature is climbing. We stopped for gas, rest and to re-hydrate in Broadus, Montana. We were ready for a break from the heat. It looks to be another hot day. From Broadus we continued east on US-212 to Hwy 112 and headed on to Devils Tower National Monument. As we climbed a bit in elevation it did cool just a bit. Once on Hwy 112 the GPS was getting confused and tried routing us down several dirt roads or none-existent roads. That was annoying and confusing. Hwy 112 was a nice road with long sweeping curves, gentle grass-covered hills, grazing herds of cattle and piney woods in the distance. The Devils Tower came into view miles away and got larger and larger until we were there…

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Taking a break in the shade in Broadus, MT

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Rolling down Hwy 112 heading to Devils Tower Nation Monument

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Entrance to Devils Tower National Monument

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Hot day at Devils Tower

We finally made it to the Devils Tower. We were here two years ago and it is nice to be back. We were ready to get off the bikes and stretch our legs a bit so we walked the parameter of the tower. We were here a couple of years ago and walked the parameter counter-clockwise. This year we walked it clockwise. For some reason it seemed as though we were walking up hill most of the way. Maybe it was just the heat today that made it seem harder walking… or maybe we are just getting old… Naw, it had to be the heat…

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Devils Tower National Monument

Leaving Devils Tower we headed 63 miles down US-24/Hwy-14 to I-90 to Spearfish, South Dakota, our home away from home for tonight.

Tomorrow we ride through Spearfish Canyon on our way to Mount Rushmore, ride Needles and Iron Mountain highways before visiting Crazy Horse Memorial. Come follow along and enjoy the ride. I hope we see you down the road somewhere. Ride safe…

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I hope we see you down the road somewhere… Ride safe…

3 responses to “Day 14 of My 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Billings to Spearfish 332 miles)

  1. I was surfing the net and found myself on your website. You have shared really awesome stuff about motorcycle touring. I loved your blog! Keep up the good work!

    Here is a good article I would love to share with you. I hope you gonna like it.

    Whether it’s a 23 year old Argentinean medical student’s road to self discovery – and that of the entire South American continent – on a Norton 500 or Ted Simon’s Jupiter Travels in the early 70’s on a Triumph, some journeys can be transformative.

    Maybe it’s the peace of mind or the little things you learn about yourself, motorcycle trips are a great way to relax, reflect and recharge – R & R & R. Ask anyone who’s taken a motorcycle road trip and they’ll tell you about a ‘moment’ that changes everything. Wanderlust aside, here are a few reasons why taking a long motorcycle trip might actually be good for you.

    On the road you will meet new people, experience new lifestyles, try local cuisines and enjoy various local festivals. All of this will give you enough stories to last a lifetime and maybe write a memoire. One of the most remarkable things about having a motorcycle trip is experiencing nature and humanity first hand.

    Mixing trips with self discovery may sound clichéd thanks to Eat, Pray and Love, but it is true. Travelling on your own or with friends does teach you a great deal about the kind of person you are. You start off by understanding what your basic necessities are. Do you really need the shirts which apparently were all your favorites? Do you really need a separate shower gel and soap bar? Do you really need all those matching shoes or you can survive with just one comfortable pair? A trip would help you understand how unnecessarily loaded your life has become.

    The preparation for this trip can help you psychologically as well. By considering what to take and what to leave behind, think about the things weighing you down in your life. These could range from bad relationships that stress you out to gadgets you’ve come to depend on. The preparation will be the first step towards being on your own and shedding ‘dead weight’

    Read Complete article: https://www.maximomoto.com/blog/why-long-motorcycle-trips-are-good-for-you/ https://www.maximomoto.com/blog/why-long-motorcycle-trips-are-good-for-you/

  2. Hi Randy,
    Thanks again for stopping by and taking the time to find out what I am about and the great comment. You are so right about traveling by motorcycle. Other travel is like watching a movie but traveling by motorcycle is like starring in the movie… There is no better way to travel.

    I have already seen the link you posted and shared it on my “Texas Rambler” face book page…
    https://www.facebook.com/TheTexasRambler/
    It is a great post.

    Here are a couple of sites I follow and you may like…

    http://theoasisofmysoul.com/about-me/ This is a great life story. You will love it.

    https://sturgischick.wordpress.com/ I’m jealous of her, she spent 2 years riding around South America.

    I hope we see you down the road somewhere… Ride safe…

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