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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!:D
 

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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.



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!:D
 

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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!:D
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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Route Options

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.

Thoughts and suggestions?





 

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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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Route 6 modified.I would take 14 to 14A (further north) then into Redlodge. Then south over the Beartooth pass just south of Redloge. Take a left on Chief Joseph highway and head to Cody. The Bill Cody museum is great but plan on spending some time there. West out of Cody through the park.

Unless you have a reason, I would not go your route through Iowa and across MN. Iowa is best along the river and MN is good,in the SE corner but not much to the west.
 

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Just a thought if you want to get off I90 going across SD. Take highway 44 out of Rapid City southeast to Winner and then take 183 south through the sandhills of Nebraska. Lots of open country, no traffic, smooth roads. Scenery is always in the eyes of the beholder but I love this road to and from the Black Hills. 44 also skirts the southern edge of the Badlands.
 

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Unless you have a reason, I would not go your route through Iowa and across MN. Iowa is best along the river and MN is good,in the SE corner but not much to the west.
Thanks for the added info. I am not following what you mean, the route parallels the Missouri river along the Iowa / Illinois boarder. And MN is only about 20 miles of the route just to touch across the boarder.
 

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Just a thought if you want to get off I90 going across SD. Take highway 44 out of Rapid City southeast to Winner and then take 183 south through the sandhills of Nebraska. Lots of open country, no traffic, smooth roads. Scenery is always in the eyes of the beholder but I love this road to and from the Black Hills. 44 also skirts the southern edge of the Badlands.
Another variation of that is to continue east from Winner, SD on 44, then take Hwy 50... It drops south and east and brings you out on I-29 near Vermillion, SD. I've done that route 2 times this summer going to/from Rapid City and really enjoy the light traffic and scenery. Takes me about 30 minutes longer than the I-29/I-90 route.
 

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Just a thought if you want to get off I90 going across SD. Take highway 44 out of Rapid City southeast to Winner and then take 183 south through the sandhills of Nebraska. Lots of open country, no traffic, smooth roads. Scenery is always in the eyes of the beholder but I love this road to and from the Black Hills. 44 also skirts the southern edge of the Badlands.
Thanks I will look into that further. You are right about the scenery, Crossing from Dallas north through Wichita Falls and on to Amarillo Tx there is not much to see, just as flat and near barren as can be but to me it was fascinating.

The thing I couldn't understand is why the settlers who were in slow wagons ride out there and say OK, this is where I want to live on the piece of parched earth.

Of coarse we were in a heat wave when I was out, it may look different with a bit of rain. Stopped for gas at 10:00 at night and it was still 107* with near 30mph winds. Felt like a convection oven. Not where I would have settled down at if I were a settler.
 

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I think it was your #2 option I was referring to.
Oh, Okay I got you now. So #1 or #3 is your vote, I didn't think the eastern most route and the added time was going to be worth it just to pick up Illinois on my state map. Can't really think of anything I want to see in Illinois.

I was looking last night for several hours and I think I want to stop at Jefferson Barracks Cemetery outside of St. Louis which should be about the 1st days drive.
 

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Route 6 modified.I would take 14 to 14A (further north) then into Redlodge. Then south over the Beartooth pass just south of Redloge. Take a left on Chief Joseph highway and head to Cody. The Bill Cody museum is great but plan on spending some time there. West out of Cody through
this is basically what I'm saying too. Or just run 90 up over to Billings, then down 212 to Red Lodge.
 

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Tom, you're not doing your ride justice if you're not including Beartooth and Chief Joseph, especially when you can.
Okay can someone shoot me a google map or mapsource map of these roads, I am having trouble finding them. I thought I had Beartooth routed in inside of yellowstone park.

Havent found Chief Joseph hwy yet.
 
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