In this year, my seventh season of motorcycle touring with my tent and sleeping bag, my wanderlust is drawing me back to Montana. It seems I left my heart in that state when I first rode west of the Rockies there in 2015. Riding east of the Rockies in 2017 perpetuated the love story and included a life-changing experience which eventually required me to acknowledge that one’s dreams can arrive too late in life to become reality. But admitting that you have become just too damn old to do everything you can dream of doing is necessary in order to claim the delights that await in what you can actually still do. That had been my task since riding through Wisdom, MT, in 2017, on my way home with a healing leg injury and a still-injured ego that would take much longer to find equilibrium. So in 2019 I revisited my favorite places and people on both sides of the Montana Rockies, knowing that I would make new memories to cherish, and that dreams, as dear as they may be, cannot be counted upon to satisfy nearly as fully as each day actually in the saddle.


Gallery 1 – Day 1

Milton Freewater, OR

Milton Freewater, OR
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Tomorrow, Montana. And all this comes with!

Gallery 2 – Hwy 3 and Beyond

Hwy 3, Idaho

Hwy 3, Idaho
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This part of Idaho offered much I find beautiful. Mountains, farms, trees, clouds that aren't threatening to get me wet...

Gallery 3 – A Dirt Ride that Wasn’t

Trego, Mt

Trego, Mt
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I had chosen to ride off the mountain from Dickey Lake via a little-traveled road, the only town along which was Trego. When I pulled up at the town's 1-stop shop, I began chuckling. The sign for one door said "Open" while the other said "Closed"...and on the "Open" door was a small sign saying "Please use other door." Oh well, I didn't really want to go in anyway.

Gallery 4 – Glacier National Park and the Eastern Front

Going to the Sun

Going to the Sun
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Near the northern tip of Lake McDonald. I believe the tall, rocky mountain in the background is named Heaven's Peak.

Gallery 5 – A Lake and a Land of “Hills”

Lake Frances

Lake Frances
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I love the Lake Frances campground for its serenity and scenery. I could do without its bugs, however. In the mornings my tent was covered with spiders, ants, and the husks of small insects who flew in and died during the night. Ick!

Gallery 6 – North to South – From Friend to Friend

Hwy 2, The Hi-Line

Hwy 2, The Hi-Line
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Havre is a memorable place for me, not only because I have some wonderful friends there, but also because of its diverse landscape. From Havre you can see these cliffs (above which are badlands), mountains, and many miles of almost flat ranch-land, depending on which direction you look. I watched the train in this photo for several minutes without seeing anything other than the oil tanks roll by.