Saturday, June 3, 2017

the Continental Divide ride

On Thursday I left Missoula Montana with a friend of mine -- Kevin who lives there. He rides a newer bike like mine (BMW 2016 R1200GSA) and we took off to the south. He is very familiar with this area of the country and wanted to come along for a couple of days as he headed out for his own camping trip. There was a whole lot of snow to the south of Yellowstone in Grand Teton National Park as we rode over the Continental Divide a few times but thankfully not on the road. Riding has been mostly in sunshine and a 40 degree variance in temperature during any given day. The sandstone colors almost made me drive off the road as I approached Flaming Gorge Reservoir, it's so beautiful.

leaving Kevin's house in Missoula, Montana ~ threatening rain

Kevin in Missoula with a very high Bitterroot River 
heading to Yellowstone National Park and managing to outrun the rain

the route from Thursday to Sunday ~ steady but not killing ourselves

Continental Divide snow ~ at elevation 8,300 ft 
Grand Teton National Park

gives you an idea of the snow

the majestic snow covered mountains

it's no joke that there are over 3000 bison in Yellowstone and it's good to drive slowly through the park
coming into Flaming Gorge Reservoir area 

Flaming Gorge Park

different color of sandstone as I approached the Flaming Gorge area just outside of Manila
I stopped to check my GPS and had to photograph this crazy sticker-laden stop sign

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