10.02.2012

Beartooth Run 2012: Riding the Beartooth Highway

Red Lodge was not to far away from the Bear Creek coalmine. From the coalmine we rode up, around and down into Red Lodge. Red Lodge is about 5000 feet elevation and is tucked away between the mountains and US Highway 212, which is the main drag. After a great hearty breakfast at the Red Lodge Cafe, Ron and I topped off on fuel before leaving town; you don't put off getting fuel because there ain't any for a long time! So, the Beartooth Highway-I will say a few words and let the pictures do the talking. The Beartooth Highway is a must ride! I implore you to ride it should you ever have a chance-no, make the time and do it! It will blow your mind! Twisty turns at 10,000 feet next to shear drop offs-absolutely amazing! It was late July when we rode and we were bundled up! The snow never melts and they don't open the road up until the end of May!
By the time we reached this point my mind was blown! At every turn I thought, "Wow, this can't get any better!" but the view would get better! The turns were and views were neck breakingly tight and steep!


Ron and I left the scenic overlook in awe...here are some pictures looking down at the scenic overlook...
We still had some miles to go but they twisted and turned like a wet noodle! All the while I was torn between looking at the panoramic scenes and making sure I was not disrespecting the road's sneaky serpentine turns...
Eventually we reached the top; a wide expanse of flat area at the Montana/Wyoming state line...
The pictures above were taken at about 10,500 feet! Ron reported the temperature at 30 some odd degrees! Ron and I continued on our epic ride through on the Beartooth Highway. The road started a gradual descent that was just as twisty as the way up and over. I noticed that the temperature started to increase and the landscape became much greener the further we rode into Wyoming...
After stopping at the Twin Lakes, above, we continued our spiral ride down the asphalt trail. A brief stop was made at Long Lake and we made a much longer stop here at some scenic spot; we took in Beartooth Butte, Clay Butte and a hawk soaring in the wind with the behemoth beauty in the background...
Time seemed to pause as we gazed out at the rich blue, green, gray and white of the land and sky. Little did Ron and I know that once we made a sharp left hand turn onto the Chief Joseph Highway we would enter into another region of scenic strata...



1 comment:

  1. Man, awesome. Bucket listed for sure...

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