Saturday, January 31, 2009

Cody WY to Summit County CO Jume 23

We departed Cody at 8:AM and passed through Meeteetse, a nice simple western type town and on to Thermopolis, the Wind River Canyon, a pleasant surprise, Riverton, Lander, Jeffrey City (never noticed it ) and Muddy Gap ( the name is intriguing) to Rawlins, a dumpy railroad town, to Route #130 which proved quite scenic and we observed a tremendous number of antelope along the way. We stopped at the Mangy Moose in Riverside for lunch which was quite good. We pushed on through Walden, Kremmling and Green River and got soaked in a rain storm, a fitting finale to a weather plagued trip. We arrived in Summit County at 7:45 PM. Trip over. All in all we made the best of it and had a good time.

Next trip is to San Carlos MX and the Copper Canyon May-June 2010.

West Cody WY to East Cody WY June 22

Well we don't make it out of Cody. Tom's bike breaks and on the recommendation of the local bike shop, their mechanic was not on duty, we take it to be fixed at the home of a gentleman who lives nearby and spend the day at the Buffalo Bill Museum which proved to be most interesting. Late afternoon the bike is fixed and we check in to the Cody Motel (very nice) in preparation for a morning departure.

Gardiner MT to Yellowstone N.P. to Cody WY June 21

Entered the park about 9:30 AM and spent most of the day touring. Yellowstone is spectacular, there is much to see and do. I have been here twice and there is still more to see.If you haven't been there yet then by all means make plans to do so. Don't miss it. We left the park via Route 14, a beautiful and scenic road and arrived in Cody approximately 6:00PM and checked in to the Super 8. I do not recommend staying here. We had issues with the hot water (none) and the staff (very rude) refused to address them and did not offer another room saying they were sold out. We dined at Maxwell's, friendly service, terrible food. Cody is not off to a good start with us

Butte MT to Gardiner MT June 20

Ed's bike has been repaired (stator)so we are up and running. Thunderbolt Harley Davidson in Butte deserves plaudits for their cordial, prompt, reasonable and quality service. Our delay was minimal due to these friendly folks. Well I-90 is the only game in town ( I detest Interstates) as far as getting to our destination which is now Gardiner MT the north gateway to Yellowstone. The ride on I-90 was unremarkable but the ride on Hwy 89 south made up for it. The scenery was most impressive and Gardiner proved to be a neat and friendly town. We checked in to the Yellowstone River Motel (clean, reasonable)walked over and had a few drinks at the Devil's Slide tavern (nice) and then over to the Two Bit Saloon (also nice)and had grilled buffalo steak (excellent) delivered from Raven's an outdoor grill adjacent to the saloon. Tomorrow we tour Yellowstone.

Coeur d'Alene ID to Butte MT June 19

Plans have changed. Logan Pass is closed due to snow. Scratch Glacier NP. We will head for Yellowstone NP which is now completely open. We proceeded east on I-90 (I detest riding Interstates and try to avoid them) with the intent of making it to Gardiner MT, the north entrance to Yellowstone NP but plans changed again when Ed's bike broke down necessitating a 'tow' to the Harley Davidson dealer in Butte. The bike will be repaired tomorrow. Butte itself is a dump.While exploring for a restaurant we found that 'downtown' was shabby and uninviting so we came back towards our hotel and had dinner at the Derby Casino which was just 'OK'. The Comfort Inn however was very good with a courteous and helpful staff.

Sorry Butte but ya gotta clean up your act.

Burlington WA to Coeur d'Alene ID June 18

Departed Burlington early A.M. on WA 20 east, a beautiful and scenic ride which took us through North Cascades N.P. This portion of our trip however turned out to be the coldest with temps in the mid to high thirties. BRRR! Coming out of/down from the Cascades we stopped in Winthrop, a town with an old western motif for coffee and pastry at the Rocking Horse Bakery. Excellent don't miss it the pastries and muffins are all baked fresh. Nothing like a hot coffee and a hot muffin after a cold ride. We pushed on through Twisp, a neat orderly town, and took WA 163 south to US 97 at Pateros and north on 97 to Brewster to WA 173 which morphs in to WA 174 at the Chief Joseph Dam near Bridgeport and stopped to see the Grand Coulee Dam an awesome and remarkable feat of engineering. After visiting the dam we rode WA 174 to US 2 at Wilbur and east to Spokane where we picked up I-90(yuk)east to Coeur d'Alene and checked in to the Silver Lake Inn which proved to be clean and reasonable with restaurants within walking distance. We will check the WX tonight for tomorrow's conditions up in Glacier NP. Hopefully they will be favorable.

Port Angeles WA to Burlington WA June 17

Plans have changed. Canada is too cold and there is snow, like we need more of it, in Jasper. We visited Hurricane Ridge, beautiful with heavy fog in parts. One feels quite vulnerable on a motorcycle in heavy fog. Now if we can encounter a heat wave we will have run the gamut of weather conditions.We took the ferry (a bargain at $4.85) from Port Townsend to Whidbey Island and stopped in Burlington for the night at the Cocina motel (reasonable and very nice). Dinner was at the Brewery (good) adjacent to the motel.