Any attempt at describing the scenery, views, and extremes of today’s ride will fall short. Essentially, the topography of northwestern Wyoming and southwestern Montana is what motorcycling dreams are made of. Expansive views, snow capped mountains, colorful deserts, green prairies, rugged buttes, deep canyons, and the list goes on. 

I took the high speed interstate out of Gillette at 9:30am sharp hoping to shave some time off my trip to the mountains. (heh) I met a couple of motorcyclists at a gas station who gave me a map and veteran recommendations about where to ride. Perfect! Their advice paid off big time as I enjoyed several hours of breathtaking scenery. 

The elevation hit high enough at one point that I had to put my jacket liner in, and I rode past fields of snow. Fifteen minutes later, I had descended rapidly into the desert and very hot temperatures. On a bike, you can feel the temperature changing very noticeably as it’s happening.

I’m staying in a great little town tonight called Red Lodge, Montana. Tomorrow morning I will ride through Beartooth Pass and into Yellowstone. I am hoping the weather continues to be nice. There will be deep snow in the area where I am going. Wish me luck!