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Day 7 National Park Motorcycle Ride – Gardiner to Kalispell

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Day 6 Route Map

Today is day  7 of our national park motorcycle ride. Over the course of 16 days we will ride some of the best national parks, historic sites and national monuments in the U.S. and Canada (Pikes Peak National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park, Banff National Park, Little Bighorn National Historic Site, Devils Tower National Monument and Mount Rushmore National Memorial). Come follow along as we ride one of our dream rides on our bucket list.

Today we head toward Glacier National Park. 407 miles from Gardiner to Kalispell, Montana. Much of the ride was on I-90 so we made good time. Our ride took us through Bozeman, Butte and Missoula, Montana. There was beautiful scenic views all along the way. Rolling hills, prairie grassland with mountains in the distance. The highlight was riding by the west side of Flathead Lake. Flathead is the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi. It is clean and clear. The water is the clearest I have ever seen. You won’t believe how far you can see below the water’s surface.

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Car Museum in Deer Lodge, Montana

Rolling down I-90, we kept seeing signs for a car museum in Deer Lodge, Montana. Do billboards work? These did. We decided to have a look and we were glad we did. Deer Lodge is the home to the Old Montana Prison,  Frontier MuseumPowell County MuseumMontana Auto Museum and Yesterday’s PlaythingsCottonwood City displays the Snowshoe Creek School, Blood Cabin and other buildings. Many of the museums were housed in the old prison.

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I found Janet’s dream car…

The main reason we stopped was the Car museum. The admission (less than $10) was for all the museums. The car museum had an interesting collection starting from the early 1900’s to present. It is amazing how old cars can transport you to a different place and time. Memories… good memories…

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Studebaker Avanti Car Museum Deer, Lodge, Montana

We had a little time to spare so we did a quick tour of the old prison… When touring the prison, I thought of a friend serving time in the Texas prison system. Seeing the area with 3 levels of cells that seemed to go on forever, I imagined what the sights and sounds would have been like when the automatic cell doors opened. The clanking of the metal doors… the chatter of the prisoners… all being amplified by the metal bars, concrete floor and walls. The sounds would  have been deafening and depressing. There were no good feelings here. If walls could talk, I’m not sure we would want to hear what they had to say…

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Prison museum in Deer Lodge, Montana

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Prison in Deer Lodge, Montana

While in Deer Lodge we had a good lunch and I called my good friend Avis, who lives in Troy. Montana, to let her know we were on schedule and would be rolling into her place about 5:30 or 6:00 pm tomorrow.

Deer Lodge was a good stop and I would recommend you stop there. There is much more to see and do there… I wish we could have stayed longer…

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Heading north on Hwy 93 to Kalispell, Montana

From Deer Lodge it was on to Missoula down I-90. We turned onto Hwy. 93 and ended our day of riding at Kalispell.

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Flathead Lake in Montana

The adventure continues… Come follow along tomorrow as we ride through Glacier National Park via”Going to the Sun Highway“… Ride safe and I hope we see you down the road somewhere…

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This has been one amazing ride for Larry and me. Check out the other post from this ride using the links below…

National Park Motorcycle Ride – 5542 Miles in 16 Days 2013
Day 1 & 2 National Park Ride -Getting There
Day 3 National Park Ride – Dalhart, TX to Georgetown, CO
Day 4 National Park Motorcycle Ride – Georgetown, CO to Pinedale, WY
Day 5 National Park Motorcycle Ride: Grand Teton & Yellowstone
Day 6 National Park Motorcycle Ride – Yellowstone National Park
Day 8 National Park Motorcycle Ride – Glacier National Park
Day 9 National Park Motorcycle Ride – Troy, MT to Golden, AB Canada
Day 10 National Park Motorcycle Ride – Banff National Park Canada
Day 11 National Park Motorcycle Ride – Lethridge, AB to Billings, MT
Day 12 National Park Motorcycle Ride – Little Bighorn Battleground
Day 13 National Park Motorcycle Ride – Devils Tower National Monument
Day 14 National Park Motorcycle Ride – Mount Rushmore

The Escape From Prison

The escape from prison for many inmates is reading about life on the outside.

I have a friend Don, who has made some bad life choices and is now serving a 40-year prison sentence. He has been there for 23 years. For the past five years I have written him regularly. He is the reason this blog came to be. I regularly send him letters about our rides and it has become a great escape from his surroundings. On one occasion he wrote about these ride stories in one of his news letters he sends out.

I received this from Don about our last ride in his last letter.

“I received your letter and I really enjoyed my trip. 🙂 Janet’s Aunt’s place is beautiful. I would give anything to live like that! Just looking through the trees at the lake sent me into the world. It also made me think of Bobby – he would have loved it too. I share the trips with others in here who enjoy such things. You have no idea how much difference the pictures, the history and dialogue makes to men who have not been out in decades. I really appreciate you sharing it with me.”

It’s nice to know that I can bring just a little bit of joy to Don and his fellow inmates by journaling my rides. If you know someone serving time I would suggest that you take some time to write them. It would mean so very much to them. Share things like my ride stories, vacations, time at the lake, your high school team or just life in general. You may never know how this will help but I can testify that it does help. I print my ride stories separate so he can pass them around to other inmates. If you know someone who would enjoy our rides, please feel free to print them out and send them to whomever. It will mean a lot to them.

I hope I have planted an idea and you will take the time soon to act upon it. You will be blessed.

Ride safe…

Spiritual GPS

Hwy 118 heading to Big Bend National Park

I have a friend who has made some bad life choices and is now serving a 40-year prison sentence. He has been there for 23 years. He entered prison with an 8th grade education but in prison has completed his doctorate and is now an ordained minister and ministers to his fellow inmates. He has started a ministry called “Birds of Pray”. In a “Birds of Pray” newsletter he had the following.

Spiritual GPS by Rev. Donald R. Cox
I have a very good friend and brother, Ivan, who takes at least one motorcycle trip a year with his wife and friends. They visit some very interesting places and never get lost. He uses a GPS to choose the path they want to take. After a trip he sends me a typed out log telling where they went and what they saw (pictures are included) for each day of the trip. There is a computer generated map with the actual route covered highlighted. He has a plan put together. The GPS on his bike informs him if they miss a turn or turn wrong. The GPS says, “recalculating” then tells them how to get back on the right road. After 23 years in prison this is very intriguing to me. I caught myself wishing we had a spiritual GPS which would help us stay the course with the Lord. As I contemplated this God revealed to me that we do have a spiritual GPS. He revealed this by sending me to Timothy 3:16,

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”

This verse describes the Bible as a Spiritual GPS for our journey through life. Doctrine tells us what road to travel; reproof tells us when we get off the path (Ps. 119:105); correction tells us how to get back on course: instruction in righteousness tells us how to stay the course God has set for us. The moment we veer off on our own, the Holy Spirit starts recalculating and urging us to return to the path God has set for us.

Ride safe on your spiritual journey…

How This Blog Came To Be

How This Blog Came To Be

This blog came to be quite by accident.

I have a friend who has made some bad life choices and is now serving a 40-year prison sentence. He has been there for 23 years. I had lost contact with him until 7 years ago. When I found out about where he was, I wrote a letter to him thinking I would help him get himself back on the right path. He entered prison with an 8th grade education but in prison has completed his doctorate and is now an ordained minister and ministers to his fellow inmates. Actually he has been more of an inspiration to me than me to him. Over the years we have written many letters. Some of them were about the many motorcycle trips we have taken. He has enjoyed reading them as much as I have enjoyed writing them. They have been a great escape from his surroundings.

Afterward, I would email the trip stories to people who went on those trips with us and to other people who liked to hear about our motorcycling adventures. As a result several suggested I might do more to share these trips with more people. Years went by and I thought about how I might do just that. I had several false starts. My daughter Kristy has started a couple of blogs. I thought I might give blogging a try. I was ‘hooked’ on blogging, before I knew it. I have received many nice comments and suggestion which has encouraged me even more. So as long as I continue to enjoy blogging and y’all continue to read them we will see where this will take us.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing our world with us. Please take some time to say hello and share your world with us. And finally, please share my blog with everyone who might be interested.