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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 07-30-2012, 06:59 PM Thread Starter
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More cross country route advice neeeded

Okay, here is another I need help planning my route thread!!!

Mainly concerning : Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana Idaho.

I am planning a trip from Sept 10 to Oct 2.

I am heading out west again but to the more northern part of the Rockies this time.

Due to an injury my wife has had to use some of her time off so she will not be accompanying me on the 1st half of the trip. So I am going to take 2 extra days off and give myself a week to get to my 1st destination which is Bear Lake UT from Spanish Fort AL.

I will have Sept 17th - 20th at Bear Lake UT to explore...then leave on the 21st to go to Steamboat Springs CO. for a week with the wife. Then 4 days to make it back home. (3 and a cushion/recoup day before back to work)

I plan on camping most nights, just me a tent and sleeping bag, some beanie weanie's and of coarse my" little friend."

I have been from my home on the Gulf of Mexico in Alabama to San Antonio Texas (I-10). Also took a week in Pagosa Springs Co. and a week in Sedona AZ. via Dallas, Amarillo, I-40.

So I've seen the sites in those areas. Painted Desert, Grand Canyon, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Red Rock, Oray, the Silver Thread and part of the Mililon dollar highway.

My question is what route to take to Bear Lake.

Do I want to go a northern route or do I want to go to Canyon Land 1st or spend all my time at the Grand Tetons or Yellowstone. I like the twisties but am an avid photographer so scenery is as important as the ride.

I would like to do the Grand Loop I think, also thinking about Mt Rushmore South Dakota, and the Devils Towers WY.

I want to add as many states to my travel map as possible and don't want to miss the good stuff.

The drive from Dallas to Amarillo then I-40 heading west in July. It was interesting but would be brutal on a bike so I don't want to do that.

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Tom, dont know what way you are are heading, but an alternate route for route 90 is route 44 which will dump you into the badlands. Then hit the needles highway, and spearfish canyon, as well as Deadwood, coming out of Deadwood, head to Belle Fouch, South Dakota. take 212 and haul some ass through (It can be done at triple digits!)and into Billings, Montana. Go south and into Red Lodge and over the Bar Tooth Pass into Cody Wyo. Excellent ride over the top. 10947 feet! Head west to yellowstone. south of Cody is Thermopollis. make sure to see Crazy Horse while in South Dakota! I rode out there for this ride in 2006 and nothing has come close since. Good Luck! Will be looking for some pics!

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Good route below, but at Belle Fouche go west on 34 to24 to Hulett and then Devils Tower. Go to Sheridan and take 14-14A through the Big Horns then your in the Bear Tooth Pass, Cheif Joseph Highway, Cody Area. Take the south route through Yellowstone and on to the Tetons. Good luck.



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Tom, dont know what way you are are heading, but an alternate route for route 90 is route 44 which will dump you into the badlands. Then hit the needles highway, and spearfish canyon, as well as Deadwood, coming out of Deadwood, head to Belle Fouch, South Dakota. take 212 and haul some ass through (It can be done at triple digits!)and into Billings, Montana. Go south and into Red Lodge and over the Bar Tooth Pass into Cody Wyo. Excellent ride over the top. 10947 feet! Head west to yellowstone. south of Cody is Thermopollis. make sure to see Crazy Horse while in South Dakota! I rode out there for this ride in 2006 and nothing has come close since. Good Luck! Will be looking for some pics!


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Now that's the kind of info I was looking for. Now anymore idea's out there, those are all places I want to visit and it would take up about a week it looks like too.

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Tom, dont know what way you are are heading, but an alternate route for route 90 is route 44 which will dump you into the badlands. Then hit the needles highway, and spearfish canyon, as well as Deadwood, coming out of Deadwood, head to Belle Fouch, South Dakota. take 212 and haul some ass through (It can be done at triple digits!)and into Billings, Montana. Go south and into Red Lodge and over the Bar Tooth Pass into Cody Wyo. Excellent ride over the top. 10947 feet! Head west to yellowstone. south of Cody is Thermopollis. make sure to see Crazy Horse while in South Dakota! I rode out there for this ride in 2006 and nothing has come close since. Good Luck! Will be looking for some pics!
I did Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, and the Black Hills area last year. Best riding of my life. The Tetons were my favorite, then SpearFish Canyon, Needles Highway is awesome. If you do the Black Hills area, you can do the Badlands in one day from Rapid City. It was not in our plan, but it was surprisingly good.

One thing I regret, is not riding BearTooth Hwy. I plan to go back in the area in a couple of years so it would be definitely in the top of my list to ride.



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Beartooth!

Beartooth absolutely needs to be part of your agenda. I'm actually doing the reverse route of what I'd recommend for you. We're picking up 89 in Utah and going around Bear Lake up to Jackson, WY. Spending the night there, then riding north into Yellostone through Tetons and heading east on 20 towards Cody. Then running northwest on 120 to 296(Chief Joseph Hwy). Running that to 212 and head east to Red Lodge over Beartooth Pass Hwy. We're ending up in Billings for the night.
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Okay from the above advice here is what I have come up with, I will break it up into 2 post as part one concerns the route to South Dakota and part 2 concerns the route through the parks and monuments and best roads.

Option #1 is the fastest route from home to South Dakota
Option #2 picks up Illinois, Iowa, and Minnesota
Option #3 Bypasses Illinois but Picks up Iowa and Minnesota but just barely.

Is the extra 2-3 hours worth picking up Illinois. Is there anything there I want to see. I am not a big city person, I could care less about most man made things. I am much more interesting in scenery and fresh air.

Can anyone recommend a better route north?






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Okay this is more to the meat of the route. I think I am partial to #6

Option #4 Takes 14 through Bighorn National Forest straight in the Yellowstone East Gate to Beartooth Highway .

Option #5 Bypasses Bighorn National Forest, up to Billings the picks up 212 out of Billings all the way down.

Option 6 spits the difference between 4 & 5, Goes through Bighorn National Forest, take part of 14 then up 310 to pick up 212 Beartooth Highway from North entrance the I assume to Yellowstone Park.

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Now, I know where you are coming from. If you are going through Memphis, hit The Rendavous for some Ribs! one block over from Beale Street, hit BB Kings joint right in Beale St. Youve got one hell of a great trip ahead! Enjoy!

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Dont forget the Bill Cody museum in Cody. if you are interested in guns of any type, I believe there is one of all ever made.

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