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post #1 of 15 Old 06-27-2014, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
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Hi folks,
Looking to take my first long trip on the Glee. Looks like i90 takes me most of the way there, but I figure there are a thousand other routes more interesting. Might a couple of you share a route you totally dug? Probably riding the first week of September. Does anyone know if the weather is mild enough this time of year? I'll be going two up, so that may be a big factor in what I can get away with. Thanks for any input.


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If you decide to take I 90 I would stay in Livingston and go threw the north entrance West Yellowstone is expensive and busy. The ride through Paradise Valley is a nice ride. Anything can happen with the weather that time of year. A couple buddies and I are going to meander that direction in September as well but we're going to hit 93 south to Lost Trail pass and head east and explore a few ghost towns "Bannack" and "Virginia City" and go in through the West Yellowstone entrance.

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Do NOT go I-90, what a waste of a motorcycle trip. Go over Chinook Pass to Yakima, back way through Moxee to Tri-Cities, 12 through eastern WA to Lewiston/Clarkston. Ride the Spiral Highway when in Lewiston. Follow 12 along the Clearwater River, then up and over Lolo Pass. South on 93, now I'll have to get to the maps if you want more detail. Trust me this is a route you do not want to miss.

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do not stay in west Yellowstone unless you have lots of money. cody wy. has some good prices on motels and is a nice ride. if you are that close do not miss chief joseph hwy and beartooth hwy.
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do not stay in west Yellowstone unless you have lots of money. cody wy. has some good prices on motels and is a nice ride. if you are that close do not miss chief joseph hwy and beartooth hwy.
I agree on Chief Joe Hwy and Beartooth. I was in Cody after Labor Day last fall and I would not consider Cody hotels particularly cheap. My neighbor knows a hotel owner in Cody so I went there, and the best she could do was offer her winter rate of $65 before tax. That is about as low as it gets there, and summer was over.

In West Yellowstone, I stayed in a KOA cabin which wasn't cheap either, but they have a good store there and a camp kitchen with inexpensive breakfasts and steak dinners. At least in 08 when I was there.

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Thanks guys. I appreciate it.


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I agree on Chief Joe Hwy and Beartooth. I was in Cody after Labor Day last fall and I would not consider Cody hotels particularly cheap. My neighbor knows a hotel owner in Cody so I went there, and the best she could do was offer her winter rate of $65 before tax. That is about as low as it gets there, and summer was over.

In West Yellowstone, I stayed in a KOA cabin which wasn't cheap either, but they have a good store there and a camp kitchen with inexpensive breakfasts and steak dinners. At least in 08 when I was there.

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do not stay in west Yellowstone unless you have lots of money. cody wy
I was out there in Sept last year and searched for a hotel in West Yellowstone at the last minute. People were super nice, looked on the town reservation system and sent me to "Al's Westward Ho" motel. Right by the west entrance. I think I paid around $75/night. Yeah it was classic 1960's design, roomy and comfortable, and covered parking for the bike. I was stoked. I think there are a few reasonable places in W Yellowstone if you look.
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Do you want to stay on pavement, or are you looking for some adventure? Northern Idaho has some of the best adventure riding in the country on gravel forest service roads. Would be glad to help with some tips. Easy one to find if you're not in a hurry is the Lolo Motorway (Lewis and Clark trail) that parallels highway 12. If you want to cross a little further south, the Magruder Corridor is also a great ride. A little less adventure but still a beautiful ride is up the St. Joe River from St. Maries. You can cross over into Montana at St. Regis. It has a few miles of gravel once you cross into MT, but it's good road and not long.
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if you do go south on hwy 93 @ lolo, consider skalkaho pass (mt. hwy 38, turn left @ grantsville), it'll take you over to the pintlar scenic route, nice hotel with a brew pub downstsirs @ phillipsburg mt.
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