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Some pictures from a quick 5 days through Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota and of course, Utah. Before we begin, pictures tend to be an after thought, I forget to take them. The bear travels with me, has for quite some time now. He makes a good traveling companion, doesn't complain and gives great advice.


the gear


all packed up


Montpelier, ID has a fascination with bears


Headed towards Jackson Hole


The most photographed spot in the US, according to the commercials


More of the grand Tetons




and a bit of Yellowstone




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and then to the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.




Yellowstone NP struck me as the one place that the only rule/law of driving that applied to travel within the park is the speed limit. All other rules are thrown directly out the window at the gate. Double yellows mean nothing to trucks towing campers that are more luxurious and cost more than my first home I bought and every house my parents have ever lived in. Upon sight of a buffalo, life as we know in comes to a screeching halt, ABS is applied, people stop in the middle of the road, get out of their cars and stand there, backing up traffic. Then they get uptight when you go roll up to them, stop with your front tire less than 6 inches from their shoelaces and lay on the horn. Said party then looked as though they hadn't realized that life had continued around them and they were standing int the middle of a road with a speed limit of 55 and had effectively packed up traffic for an 1/8 of a mile. They were quickly brought back to reality when a gentleman of 60 or 70 politely looked over at me, shrugged his shoulders and then addressed the couple with a quick 'Get out of the middle of the road the f@&king idiots'



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Beartooth Pass? Can't remember.







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Curiosity got the best of me, not what I was expecting when I checked it out.......just a lake. Disappointing.


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Veterans Cemetery. Sturgis, SD.


...and Sturgis, SD proper.....what a f@&king madhouse. Apparently, if you are female, there is a law that, no matter your age, weight or physical appearance, you must dress like a whore. The sheer amount of things you don't want to see.....ever.....far outweighs the number of things you do want to see.



...and they're not kidding when the say you can only park in certain places for 1 hour. While putting my gear back on, I saw 4 bikes and a big dually pickup towed out of the parking lot.


So after paying inflated prices for everything from food to gas to campsites, the farther away from Sturgis I got, the cheaper everything got. I paid the same price for this little cabin at a KOA as I did for a campsite the night before. By the way, KOA's are great and the campsites are well maintained.


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Tom's Main Street Diner in Downtown Buffalo, WY



and some more great scenery





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...and after all that beautiful scenery.........this




Strait for miles with nothing around.

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Flaming Gorge, WY/UT






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Flaming Gorge Reservoir, WY/UT...





...and home again




1381 miles and the bike performed flawlessly. Just short of 43 mpg loaded with more than I needed, better to have and not need than need and not have. She rode well for having the extra weight, still held a line in the corners with confidence. Cruised comfortably but inched towards triple digits if I didn't watch it constantly.

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Good stuff Sgt.  Thx for sharing.

Definitely BTH countryside!

Just curious, did you cross 16 west of Buffalo?  Also looks like one of the pix was taken in the WRC????
From a distance and without warning, relámpago!

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Re: 5 days through Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota and of course, Utah
« Reply #10 on: August 10, 2012, 09:26:21 pm »
Very cool SM, thanks for sharing bro, great pics, I love the laying in the road one!  :chugbeer:

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Re: 5 days through Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota and of course, Utah
« Reply #11 on: August 10, 2012, 11:15:23 pm »
Great pics. Leaving tomorrow for some of the same territory.

The bear? Didn't see it in the first picture.

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Re: 5 days through Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota and of course, Utah
« Reply #12 on: August 11, 2012, 07:58:59 am »
Really makes me miss Utah and the West! Great pics; thanks for sharing! :)
Jeff
"Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under 't." Macbeth Quote (Act I, Scene V).
"I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves." (Matthew 10:16 NIV)

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Re: 5 days through Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota and of course, Utah
« Reply #13 on: August 11, 2012, 08:14:16 am »
Great pics!  Sturgis during bike week is definitely not what I would consider a good time, but it looks like you limited your time there like I would have in that situation.
Keeping the economy going, one tank of fuel and two tires at a time.

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Re: 5 days through Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota and of course, Utah
« Reply #14 on: August 11, 2012, 08:17:59 am »
Great pics. Leaving tomorrow for some of the same territory.

The bear? Didn't see it in the first picture.

He was already on the bike, he had to move from his normal spot to a perch atop the bag for the trip.