"Movin' to Montana soon"


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"Movin' to Montana soon"

Postby Solina Dave » Tue Aug 04, 2015 3:05 pm



Hi again fellow riders. I'm still hoping to leave, on a trip west, around Aug.24th.

The ride from Ontario, to Glacier N.P. will likely take me through Great Falls, Mt. and north to the park on 89. However, staying to northern Montana, across Hwy.2, and through Shelby is another, though somewhat unlikely possibility. I'd appreciate any route ideas, possibly from someone who lives, and rides in Montana.
My current idea is to cross North Dakota on Hwy.200, it's quieter than Hwy.2, through Cooperstown, New Town. Killdeer, and around the north end of the Little Missouri National Grassland to Sydney, Montana. Very little shade so far!
My idea, is to stay west on 200 to Hwy.24, north to Fort Peck, and then take Hwy.2 through Glasgow, to Malta, and south on Hwy.191 to Lewistown, then west to Great Falls. From there it's easy.
I'll have plenty of mountain riding, but I'm open to suggestions, of any kind, regarding a route that will give me the best examples of Montana scenery, before I get to the mountains. The Upper Missouri River Breaks N.P. looks very interesting, but I need ideas regarding appropriate roads, and routes to follow through this area. Time isn't too crucial a factor, and gentle meandering paved roads would be nice. Any suggestions would be welcome. I don't like to stay in one place too long. I'm not a resort kind of guy. I get a cheap motel room late, and have an early start. I love to ride! After Glacier N.P., I'm going through west Montana, and the Lolo pass into Idaho. Then I'm south to Craters of the Moon N.M. and back home via Yellowstone, Bighorn, and Custer national parks, Devil's Tower, and the Black Hills in South Dakota. That should do it 'til next year.

Thanks everybody......ride safe..........................Dave

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Re: "Movin' to Montana soon"

Postby gl1000gol » Tue Aug 04, 2015 4:15 pm

Consider a side trip to Fort Peck Reservoir, "At 21,026 feet (6,409 m) in length and over 250 feet (76 m) in height, it is the largest hydraulically filled dam in the United States, and creates Fort Peck Lake, the fifth largest man-made lake in the U.S.", https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Peck_Dam . The dam is operated by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers for electric power generation.

An interesting side trip may be to the former Glasgow AFB (about 20 miles north of town); it closed in 1968. Also, on your trip from Malta to Lewistown, there may be USAF missle silos on side roads; however, I don't know whether or not they are abandoned.

About halfway between Malta and Lewistown is the James Kipp Recreation Area, it would probably be a nice place to take a break. Not much else on the 134 miles route, except beautiful country.

Enjoy!

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Re: "Movin' to Montana soon"

Postby gl1000gol » Tue Aug 04, 2015 4:21 pm

BTW, I know a tour bus operator for Yellowstone National Park. If you're interested in expert local info for the town of West Yellowstone and the Park, PM me and I'll pass your email/phone or other info to him.

Best Wishes.

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Re: "Movin' to Montana soon"

Postby Solina Dave » Tue Aug 04, 2015 7:10 pm

gl1000gol wrote:Consider a side trip to Fort Peck Reservoir, "At 21,026 feet (6,409 m) in length and over 250 feet (76 m) in height, it is the largest hydraulically filled dam in the United States, and creates Fort Peck Lake, the fifth largest man-made lake in the U.S.", https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Peck_Dam . The dam is operated by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers for electric power generation.

An interesting side trip may be to the former Glasgow AFB (about 20 miles north of town); it closed in 1968. Also, on your trip from Malta to Lewistown, there may be USAF missle silos on side roads; however, I don't know whether or not they are abandoned.

About halfway between Malta and Lewistown is the James Kipp Recreation Area, it would probably be a nice place to take a break. Not much else on the 134 miles route, except beautiful country.

Enjoy!


Thanks for that info. and welcome to the forum. I was planning on a visit to the Fort Peck dam. The AFB in Glasgow would be interesting, I was going to have a look at Marquette AFB in Michigan, long since closed, on my way back. I had an uncle stationed there years ago. I remember going there when I was just a little kid. B-52 bombers everywhere. I'll visit the Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile site in Cooperstown, ND. There's also one just west of Lewistown, south of Eddie's Corner, I was going to look at. I don't know if it's still active. The whole thing's kinda creepy, but I guess that's the attraction.
Thanks just the same, but I won't need much Yellowstone info. I've been there a couple of times and I'll probably just be riding through anyway.

Thanks again, and I hope you get a lot of riding in this season.........................Dave
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Re: "Movin' to Montana soon"

Postby AZgl1800 » Tue Aug 04, 2015 9:50 pm

I have a cousin who lives in Missoula, MT.

Gorgeous views around there. North of there is where the Bison Ranch is, we toured that the last time we were up there back in '09.

I just love most any part of Montana, but it is too cold in the winter for me now.
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Re: "Movin' to Montana soon"

Postby gl1000gol » Wed Aug 05, 2015 11:01 am

You may be interested in seeing the following:
A T-33 aircraft was donated by USAF to the Valley County Pioneer Museum in Glasgow.

The T-33 Aircraft on display at the Valley County Pioneer Museum in Glasgow was last assigned to the 13th Fighter Interceptor Squadron at Glasgow AFB.
Images
http://www.valleycountymuseum.com/Home_ ... mage_1.jpg
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http://www.aviationmuseum.eu/World/Nort ... w/T-33.jpg
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YA79I3HvSbs/U ... Museum.jpg
http://www.glasgowcourier.com/cms_data/ ... -7699.jpeg

Valley County Pioneer Museum
816 Hwy 2
Glasgow, MT 59230
Ph 406-228-8692
http://www.valleycountymuseum.com/Home.html




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