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So after not being back to my childhood home since my step father passed away in 2006 I am going to make the trek west to visit family for a few days. I am leaving from St Robert MO next Wednesday enroute Missoula MT. It is a little more than 1600 miles one way. I am planning on camping along the way. I have been prepping my gear for a few weeks now and will be changing fluids on Sunday. This is going to be my longest trip on a bike yet and I am stoked to say the least. It will also be my first crack at motorcycle camping. I plan on eating in restaurants but will sleep on the ground in my pup tent. I haven't figured out exactly where I will be staying or the route as of yet. I figure I'll just keep an eye out for camping areas when I start getting tired or my ass gets too sore! I will try to take pics of anything interesting along the way and share them here. Also depending on how the miles feel on my way there I may attempt an iron butt on the way back. I'm really looking forward to the adventure and welcome any input or advise y'all want to give.


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Check out Red Lodge, Beartooth Pass, Yellowstone, Glacier National Park if you get a chance. If you get near the West gate of Glacier, Lake 5 Resort is awesome and has camping.
 

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gimme a call when you're here.I live just south of Missoula and work there every day,know the area well.

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Did that trip in June. Great ride. Put 3200 miles on, had temperatures from 30 degree to 105 degree. It was my first time at Yellowstone & Bear Tooth Pass.
 

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Jealous.... Last time I was Home, MT, I drove through the 5 major parks to get back to TX in a cage....

I remember growing up being in the Glacier area EVERY weekend in the summer with my Dad and brothers.....

seriously Jealous....
 

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Don't forget a pair of long johns! What a memory you are creating!!!
 

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I will be spending a couple of days in Hamilton and plan to leave the state headed back via hwy 93 south.


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We took 93 from Arco to Whitefish, really was a great ride!!

If you pass through Salmon be sure to stop in the Shady Nook and write your name on the wall and say hi to Marley the owner. A great place!!
 

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I normally pick out several KOA campgrounds or others along my route to potentially stop at. The actual distance I make each day varies so this always gives me options. KOA's tend to have nice accommodations and pitching a tent rarely requires reservations ahead of time. Have fun and enjoy your journey.
 

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I was forced to pull out early for home. I had to cross a pass no matter which way I went and they were all calling for snow tonight and tomorrow. I rode a little short of 600 miles today. I had a wet start but it dried up around 1pm or so in ID. I had a new event happen while crossing a pass outside Salt Lake City. I had reduced power and the engine was pinging. I hope it was just the combination of elevation and shitty fuel I picked up out in BFE.


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I made it back home a bit ago. Round trip miles. ImageUploadedByMO Free1380239971.480526.jpg
It really was an incredible ride. I saw so much of the country. I pushed pretty hard while on the road with a couple 800 mile days so I didn't take many photos. Other than some pinging at high altitude the bike ran great. Is that something that true autotune like the thunder max would eliminate. I currently have the power vision with narrow band only.


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If you took any photos at all, we'd love to see them. Especially this year, it might be the only "get away" some of us get!
 
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