Over 3 mountains in one day. 8-5-16

It was a cool start this morning with the temperature being 49 deg. At 6:00 when I was moving my bike to the front of the hotel to load it to continue our journey.

Our first pass crossing of the day was over the Bighorn Mountains travelling on US 16 West of Buffalo on our way to Cody, Wyoming.

A cool clear morning at the 9700 '
A cool clear morning at the 9700 ‘

The day quickly warmed up and was in the low 80’s when we fueled in Cody just after noon with 168 miles behind us.

Now we were onto our second mountain crossing riding on the Chief Joseph Senic Highway. A beautiful road rising to well over 9000′ and allowing us  to view many beautiful Vista’s of the Shoshone National Forest.

The highest point on the Chief Joseph Highway
The highest point on the Chief Joseph Highway

Our 3rd pass crossing of the day was the Beartooth pass rising to almost 11,000 feet and bringing you well above the treeline.  The view at the top offers a barren rock filled landscape with beautiful views of the mountains showing the last remaining snow from Winter.

At the top of the Beartooth.
At the top of the Beartooth.

This is our last day of traveling with Alice and Jeff.  This was Alice’s first trip on the Beartooth and she loved it.  Her only complaint was of stiff shoulder muscles from tensing up on all the switchback you encounter on this road.

Alice and Jeff
Alice and Jeff

We continued on the our way traveling the short distance Red Lodge, Montana crossing the state line on the Beartooth high in the mountains.

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Our hotel for the evening was the Pollard in Red Lodge a fine restored old hotel with great food.  Very much one of our favorite places to stay.

The Pollard in Red Lodge, Montana
The Pollard in Red Lodge, Montana

Our evening ended with cocktails in the bar where a man named Al Cooper was performing.  Al told the crowd that his first song was inspired by my shirt.  I was wearing a Jerry Jeff Walker shirt given to me by my son Paul.

Al Cooper at the Pillars.
Al Cooper at the Pillars.

After traveling 290 miles today it’s on to St. Mary, Montana tomorrow.

Just thought I would add a little side note about our journey.  With my recent surgery for weight loss I have been successful at sheding pounds.  With the weight loss surgery comes a reduced appetite so when I order meals I seldom finish them and I continue to loose weight.  Bill on the other hand feels compelled to not let this food go to waste.  Now I eat 1/2 a meal and Bill eats 1 1/2 meals and is complaining of weight gains. I guess there’s two sides to every coin.

Another side note about what happens durring our travels  is we often pass many interesting items including local pieces of art or just odd and interesting items.  Instead of stopping and taking a picture or just enjoying the piece I just press on and later question myself as to why I didn’t stop.  Today on my morning walk I passed just such an item an actually stopped and took a picture.

Local art piece in Red Lodge, Montana

Off to Glacier tomorrow.

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