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Ah the planning has begun in ernest.

2014 the plan is to leave from Maryland and run west to Wyoming and pick up my son and run the mountains north to Jasper and back.

Run out would be a Super Slab run to South Dakota to pick up Iron Mountain & Pig Tail bridges Highway 16A. Looking at a 4 day run.

My son lives in Rawlins WY, from there North to Jackson WY and the Tetons.

Tetons to Chiefs Highwayto Red Lodge and then up bear tooth pass to West Yellowstone.

West Yellow stone to Enis, for Breakfast, great little drug store there. and run north to Glacier Nat Park.

Going to the Sun Road to Canmore Canada cutting west at Longview on 40.

A run up the Ice fields parkway to Jasper

Still working the way back from Jasper, looking for the scenic way back to WY thru Idaho. Looking at running thru Kamloops and then south to Idaho.. still working this bit.

Timing this is dependant on Leave dates of my son. I am planning on a window from mid June to Mid July. 16 days out and back from Maryland.

I know there are a lot of Victory touring types out there feel free to join up for some or all of the run.

The run out will be 600+ mile days, from there anything from 300 to 500 a day. I found that a 500 mile day in the west is much easier than a 500 mile day back east... Not sure why might be because there is no traffic and the side roads are posted at 70mph!

Yep heard all the horror stories about Yellowstone, 2012 hit YS at the end of July, almost no traffice for 3 whole days What?!

Westher yep heard all that too Snow is possible any time of year up north, I am good with that.

I could make this later but I do not want to get caught up with the mad dash to and from Sturgis, got caught in that in 2012 in a truck hauling bikes, do nto want to do that again.

So again if you are interested in some of all of this run, Drop me a PM with contact details and I will keep a distro list and send updates.cheerswaccheerswac
 

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https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Wooddy+Rd,+Port+Tobacco+Village,+MD+20677&daddr=Mt+Rushmore,+SD+to:43.8551027,-103.4124961+to:43.8221563,-103.5190056+to:2404+Inverness+Blvd,+Rawlins,+WY+to:42.9910272,-108.872214+to:Jackson,+WY+to:44.4505547,-110.5636186+to:45.0156606,-109.8699181+to:44.826255,-109.4708149+to:Red+Lodge,+MT+to:44.9258182,-109.6802584+to:44.649097,-110.8368246+to:West+Yellowstone,+MT+to:Ennis,+MT+to:West+Glacier,+MT+to:48.7079285,-113.79524+to:St+Mary,+MT+to:49.21042,-113.8584575+to:50.6219131,-115.0149817+to:Canmore,+AB,+Canada+to:Jasper,+AB,+Canada+to:Revelstoke,+BC,+Canada+to:Kelowna,+BC,+Canada+to:Sandpoint,+ID&hl=en&ll=46.538082,-116.216125&spn=1.040987,1.755066&sll=48.3243,-116.909637&sspn=0.503125,0.877533&geocode=FfNDSwIdZnJo-ykXSdzWuwW3iTFxh-Mry-0sGQ;Fb6KnQIdBVfV-SFBxlwFvj312inf1j612DV9hzFBxlwFvj312g;Ff4snQId8AzW-SlxviVr5jZ9hzHicW3En0tOFQ;FUysnAId42zU-SnHudUynDR9hzFoppGBSX6nqA;FYD4fQIdyQGc-Slbdyh2PwFdhzE9fZF740fmFA;FbP9jwId6r2C-SkZ2IuCx1lYhzEo6SAzFTWi0A;FXlzlwIdROZl-SlLf8_8WBpTUzFcgzqxywEcPQ;FfpCpgId3u5o-SltpPsyBftRUzHlg0mRX2wdSg;FWzirgIdooRz-Sln6scBHf9OUzGpNZSM9vdidA;FY_-qwIdopt5-SlFY0ZyRpNOUzGpaY6ro8Z0ng;FfJ6sQIdmwZ9-Sn1_Eb3GSpPUzEL1yB19jWKtQ;FXqDrQIdfml2-Sm5S6V0aPBOUzE2hm4I_OGtOQ;FYlKqQIdqMNk-SntVIpSesNRUzE1lFQ2KFcyuA;FYV9qQIdk69g-SkDKzJ6wLlRUzEQIJBI951j3Q;FdD3swId3yNX-SlLrAIygp1aUzFqzCt8XWYPoQ;FX_54wIdbMk0-SmjJcoJnBdmUzGg8HH1k4Zu1w;FVg55wIdWJ83-Slx6T5b-KhoUzFtJ1WXR5C3CQ;FbrF5wId1jM9-SnlMDdZLrhoUzEt4Ozo8DUEag;FTTk7gIdZ6g2-Sl1kk20VmpvUzFSgkQHJiwbuQ;FdltBAMduwIl-SnpDDjDB19wUzFT4W-3XnkbRw;FYmGCwMdgvIf-SkxY0WVlcVwUzEuaR6eXzG2Rg;Fa3fJgMd6ED2-CkpPlVoCCuDUzGCKBkLvQIgHw;FWMrCgMdKHr0-Cml3Wr6BTd5UzHK79a5fWQ8Tw;FdA6-QIdtaLg-CmzMMfjtox9UzH3xLTaPeX4Tg;FW6k4AId4IkN-SlBRf8tM9FjUzF7cenP6zRUqw&oq=sand+Point&t=h&mra=ls&via=2,3,5,7,8,9,11,12,16,18,19&z=9
 

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Next bit, google ran out short of additional way points so I had to finish up with another post.

http://goo.gl/maps/e3fTs
 

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Very nice. thumb up Got me dreaming in my cubicle!
 

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CR,
Welcome to join in. Meet us in Rawlins WY. and we will make an 8 day run north and back.

Ran some of this route in 2012 on my Gold Wing. Looking forward to making this trip next year.

You have six months to plan and save. Stop dreamin and start ridin

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That looks like a great ride Squatch.
16A in South Dakota is a fabulous road.



Sorry. I am holding a point and shoot camera shooting a little video. It didn't work as good as I'd hoped. I should have just shot pics, but all of the area is so impressive. Watch out for LARGE WILDLIFE.

I noticed that your route is I-90 past Chicago. I have heard that can be a huge traffic jam. When I went to NYC on my Cross-Country ride, I took 24. It down by Peoria, IL. It is a nice 2 lane/4 lane road with smooth sailing.

You'll enjoy BC too. BC is the only place that more beautiful then Oregon (and that's hard for me to say, being I'm an Oregonian). Don't travel after dusk up there. Sometimes the moose just stand in the road.
 

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https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Wooddy+Rd,+Port+Tobacco+Village,+MD+20677&daddr=Mt+Rushmore,+SD+to:43.8551027,-103.4124961+to:43.8221563,-103.5190056+to:2404+Inverness+Blvd,+Rawlins,+WY+to:42.9910272,-108.872214+to:Jackson,+WY+to:44.4505547,-110.5636186+to:45.0156606,-109.8699181+to:44.826255,-109.4708149+to:Red+Lodge,+MT+to:44.9258182,-109.6802584+to:44.649097,-110.8368246+to:West+Yellowstone,+MT+to:Ennis,+MT+to:West+Glacier,+MT+to:48.7079285,-113.79524+to:St+Mary,+MT+to:49.21042,-113.8584575+to:50.6219131,-115.0149817+to:Canmore,+AB,+Canada+to:Jasper,+AB,+Canada+to:Revelstoke,+BC,+Canada+to:Kelowna,+BC,+Canada+to:Sandpoint,+ID&hl=en&ll=46.538082,-116.216125&spn=1.040987,1.755066&sll=48.3243,-116.909637&sspn=0.503125,0.877533&geocode=FfNDSwIdZnJo-ykXSdzWuwW3iTFxh-Mry-0sGQ;Fb6KnQIdBVfV-SFBxlwFvj312inf1j612DV9hzFBxlwFvj312g;Ff4snQId8AzW-SlxviVr5jZ9hzHicW3En0tOFQ;FUysnAId42zU-SnHudUynDR9hzFoppGBSX6nqA;FYD4fQIdyQGc-Slbdyh2PwFdhzE9fZF740fmFA;FbP9jwId6r2C-SkZ2IuCx1lYhzEo6SAzFTWi0A;FXlzlwIdROZl-SlLf8_8WBpTUzFcgzqxywEcPQ;FfpCpgId3u5o-SltpPsyBftRUzHlg0mRX2wdSg;FWzirgIdooRz-Sln6scBHf9OUzGpNZSM9vdidA;FY_-qwIdopt5-SlFY0ZyRpNOUzGpaY6ro8Z0ng;FfJ6sQIdmwZ9-Sn1_Eb3GSpPUzEL1yB19jWKtQ;FXqDrQIdfml2-Sm5S6V0aPBOUzE2hm4I_OGtOQ;FYlKqQIdqMNk-SntVIpSesNRUzE1lFQ2KFcyuA;FYV9qQIdk69g-SkDKzJ6wLlRUzEQIJBI951j3Q;FdD3swId3yNX-SlLrAIygp1aUzFqzCt8XWYPoQ;FX_54wIdbMk0-SmjJcoJnBdmUzGg8HH1k4Zu1w;FVg55wIdWJ83-Slx6T5b-KhoUzFtJ1WXR5C3CQ;FbrF5wId1jM9-SnlMDdZLrhoUzEt4Ozo8DUEag;FTTk7gIdZ6g2-Sl1kk20VmpvUzFSgkQHJiwbuQ;FdltBAMduwIl-SnpDDjDB19wUzFT4W-3XnkbRw;FYmGCwMdgvIf-SkxY0WVlcVwUzEuaR6eXzG2Rg;Fa3fJgMd6ED2-CkpPlVoCCuDUzGCKBkLvQIgHw;FWMrCgMdKHr0-Cml3Wr6BTd5UzHK79a5fWQ8Tw;FdA6-QIdtaLg-CmzMMfjtox9UzH3xLTaPeX4Tg;FW6k4AId4IkN-SlBRf8tM9FjUzF7cenP6zRUqw&oq=sand+Point&t=h&mra=ls&via=2,3,5,7,8,9,11,12,16,18,19&z=9
You gonna have fun. At least once you get out past Chicago. Nothing like paying tolls on a bike. ;)
 

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You gonna have fun. At least once you get out past Chicago. Nothing like paying tolls on a bike. ;)
I hear ya. I've paid a couple tolls out here in the west, but it's not very often.
The day I was headed into NYC I spent $20.00 on damn tolls. I wasn't prepared with small bills or change. The Holland Tunnel going into Manhattan was $7.00. I only had 6. She finally waved me threw.

I didn't think it would be worth getting a Easy pass, but if and when I will.
 

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EZ pass,
Pros: no waiting at the toll booth, do not have to dig for change, something I found out head west in 2012 they do not always charge the account.
Came up two tolls short when I did the bills and they never came.
May places have hi speed toll booths, no need to slow to 5, 10 15mph to go thru. If you regularly communte thru a toll you can get a discount in my case 25 passes a month for $1.25 vs $6.00.

Cons: need to mount the little thingy (Transponder) in view of the reader. If you do not use a good mounting device ... yep they bounce but only once. Need to remember to pull it and store it, little things have legs and they like to walk.
 

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EZ pass,
Pros: no waiting at the toll booth, do not have to dig for change, something I found out head west in 2012 they do not always charge the account.
Came up two tolls short when I did the bills and they never came.
May places have hi speed toll booths, no need to slow to 5, 10 15mph to go thru. If you regularly communte thru a toll you can get a discount in my case 25 passes a month for $1.25 vs $6.00.

Cons: need to mount the little thingy (Transponder) in view of the reader. If you do not use a good mounting device ... yep they bounce but only once. Need to remember to pull it and store it, little things have legs and they like to walk.
Do you have tolls in your area? I don't and never considered such a thing or even if I'd be eligible to purchase something like that for use in nationwide. Is there a cost associated with receiving/ownership or only toll charges?

Last time I was in Chicago I got rear ended while driving my wife home from a surgical procedure. The time before that I got stuck in a hotel without power due to a storm. On the plus side, we got free booze, and the downside, I had to pack up a trade show in the blazing summer heat of the McCormick center, sans A/C the next day while hung over and then drive it home in more massive electrical storms. The time before that a young thug ran up on my wife and I with a bat raised. Fortunately, he ran past to harrass some bum in a doorway.

Something about that place and me just don't seem to click.
 

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Some folks are just magnets for bad...
 

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I was just in Red Lodge/Bozeman region two weeks ago. Amazing country. Will be a great ride, I was often thinking I'd rather be riding. There is a very high risk of very big brown furry (non human) things in the roadways though, moreso inside the parks and reserves but outside those confines as well.
Covering that many miles/day in a cage is something I'm well accustomed to, but don't have any distance creds on two wheels yet, look forward to the day that I can think realistically about opting in for something like this.
 

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Hwy 89/30 between Kemmerer up towards Jackson is one of the most scenic rides. You might be able to fit it in on the way back from Sand Point. Wyo has a lot of cool stops. Thermopolis Hot Springs, The Sinks River Canyon where the river sinks into the ground and rises 2 miles down the hill. Red Canyon? or was it a Hells Canyon? Devils Tower, just about every little town has an interesting history. Enjoy the ride.
 

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I made the rock through Glacier and up to Jasper last year. My research and advice suggested that instead of trying to find an alternate route back from Jasper travel the Icefields Parkway again going south and they were right! You see things going south that you don't see going north and it is such a beautiful ride that everyone enjoyed it the second day as much as the previous day. There is so much to see along the way (stop and smell the wild roses) that going both ways allows you to see it all without having to hurry yourself.

We took the chairlift up to the top of the mountain at Lake Louise and were lucky enough to see a couple of Grizzly Bears. If you do this, don't take the Gondola but take the chairlift instead because you can take photos of the bears so much easier.

While many people love Lake Louise I think our group was even more impressed with Moriane Lake, just a few miles from Lake Louise. Be sure to include that on your sites to see.

Have fun and ride safe!
 

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I didn't read when exactly in 2014 you were planning on making this trip but don't plan it too early in the year as Glacier often times does not open until the end of June or early July (the latest has been July 12). We went on July 1 and it had only opened the week before in 2012. You'll have to check their website for updates.
 

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Here is a video of the ride through Glacier National Park:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riqLZDOKBRY
Nice video. Normally I like going east to west, so riding with you on the video was different. Your timing was just about perfect. Plenty of patches of snow for decoration and filling the waterfalls.

The last time me and my wife were there; June 24th 2006 (honeymoon ride) the snow at the top of Going to the Sun was a good 10 feet tall. The roads were just opened that day. We had been following the progress on this web site.
Glacier National Park Current Road Status
The weeping wall was drenching all vehicles in the downhill lane (we were in the downhill lane, but a open topped jeep stopped to let us use the uphill lane to get around the huge amount of water). There was also a small avalanche before the weeping wall that had blocked both the up and down lane. The uphill lane had less snow, but only 2 tracks cutting a path threw the 10 foot wide patch. I thought the footpegs were going to hit, but missed by an inch.
Glacier NP is such a fabulous place. ENJOY
 

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I have been remis in updating my travels on this page.

Current and now final schedule:
Departing East Coast (DC) afternoon of 6 Aug why afternoon? "Cause it is between the traffic rush times. Heading to Pittsburg fo rthe night.
7-9 Aug will be traveling west on Interstate 80 to Rawlins WY.
10th is a down day or a spare travel day
11th Heading to Jackson WY North out of Rawlins
12 Th destination West Yellowstone after touring the park and Bear Tooth. If time we will hit Chiefs hwy too. (478 mile day)
13th North to Ennis for Breakfast and then on to Polson fo rthe night.
14th Big Day, Road to the Sun, and north to Canmore Alberta Canada.
15/176In Canmore with a run up to Jasper
17th west and south to Revelstroke ending in Sand Point ID
18th Lolo Pass to Missoula MT
19th South to Idaho Falls
20th West to Casper WY
21st West to Mt Rushmore
22-24west to DC with a side trip thru the Badlands I90 to Chi town then I80 to PA.

I know there are a few fellow Riders in this area, if you want to join up and ride a bit PM me and let me know I will give you the detail as to where we will be and come ride with us.

All totalled round trip will be 7000 miles. Might have to stop at The Vic Shop for an oil change heading home.
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I was just in Red Lodge/Bozeman region two weeks ago. Amazing country. Will be a great ride, I was often thinking I'd rather be riding. There is a very high risk of very big brown furry (non human) things in the roadways though, moreso inside the parks and reserves but outside those confines as well.
Covering that many miles/day in a cage is something I'm well accustomed to, but don't have any distance creds on two wheels yet, look forward to the day that I can think realistically about opting in for something like this.
Now is your chance to get some distance creds, Leaving on 6 Aug, pack it up and lets go for a ride. Just down the street from you.
 
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